Sucker and Sellout

by Crocker on September 17, 2009, 7:48 am

in Foreign Policy,Military,Politics

So now it’s official: Hope ‘n Change has decided to sell out our Polish and Czech friends on missile defense after the Russians whined about it. And what’s he getting in return? Russian assistance in calling Iran off its nuclear weapons program. The same Russia that’s been selling sophisticated SAM systems to Iran while assisting Hugo Chavez in our own hemisphere.

I smelled this coming back in March and now it’s here, staring us in the face. But as I wrote back then, the Russians have no real pull with the Iranians when it comes to nuclear weapons, so is there a deeper game at work? At this point, Russia has substantial influence over our logistics lifeline to Afghanistan, with overflight rights and train traffic across Russia.

But would the Russians really cut off our logistics if we built the Eastern European missile shield? I think not. I think the Russians want us in Afghanistan – we kill jihadis that might cause trouble in Russia and they cherish the fond hope that we’ll suffer the same reverses that they suffered there. So, I ask again, what’s the deeper game?

But in the meantime, we’re selling out people who’ve suffered under Soviet tyranny and who’ve been our stalwart friends since the end of the Cold War. And here I answer my own question about the deeper game: what the Russians really get out of this deal is tacit recognition that Eastern Europe is still within the Russian – or eastern – sphere of influence, not the western. As Nile Gardiner of the UK Telegraph writes:

This is bad news for all who care about the US commitment to the transatlantic alliance and the defence of Europe as well as the United States. It represents the appalling appeasement of Russian aggression and a willingness to sacrifice American allies on the altar of political expediency. A deal with the Russians to cancel missile defence installations sends a clear message that even Washington can be intimidated by the Russian bear.

What signal does this send to Ukraine, Georgia and a host of other former Soviet satellites who look to America and NATO for protection from their powerful neighbour? The impending cancellation of Third Site is a shameful abandonment of America’s friends in eastern and central Europe, and a slap in the face for those who actually believed a key agreement with Washington was worth the paper it was written on.

This is a terrible error. It’s a betrayal and a total chump play. For sheer fecklessness, Hope ‘n Change makes Jimmy Carter look like a clear thinker.

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