Skip to comments.Czechs Give Go-Ahead For US 'Son Of Star Wars' Base
Posted on 01/21/2007 6:49:28 PM PST by blam
Czechs give go-ahead for US 'son of stars wars' base
· Prague says move is good for European security
· Russia threatens to review its own missile defences
Ian Traynor, Europe editor
Monday January 22, 2007
The Guardian (UK)
The Czech government has announced that it wants to host a large US military site for the Pentagon's much-criticised missile shield system, confirming for the first time that Washington had asked Prague for permission to build a radar site for the national missile defence programme. Russia had warned earlier this month that any extension of the US missile project to eastern Europe would force it to review its military planning.
In one of his first acts as the new Czech prime minister, Mirek Topolanek said that building the facilities in the Czech Republic, the first extension of the "son of star wars" project beyond the US, would boost European security.
Mr Topolanek referred only to a radar site, a strong indication that the Pentagon is hoping to locate the bigger part of the European project - a large missile interceptor silo that would theoretically fire off rockets to destroy incoming missiles - in neighbouring Poland. Russia warned earlier this month that any US extension of its missile defence project to eastern Europe would force it to review its military planning to counter the perceived threat.
The American demand was one of the first issues Mr Topolanek has had to handle after becoming prime minister. The Czech Republic has effectively been without a government since elections became deadlocked seven months ago.
The centre-right leader cobbled together a weak coalition and won a parliamentary confidence vote on Friday courtesy of two opposition defectors.
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Tell me again how GWB is a "lame duck" as he adds ally after ally to our missile defense system!
YAY FOR THE CZECHS!!!!
The USSR has already collapsed once.
Are we bringing about Collapse II?
They're meddling in our backyard...
Funny, that's what the Russians say.
this is why Russia is helping Iran and other Latin states
we move their way they move ours
tit for tat i think its the word
Sounds really good for our security. Go George W. Bush!
This point is never talked about...Even if Iraq crumbles in civil war, has there ever been an expansion of US military presence in foreign countries without attacking those countries in our history? That is an amazing policy achievement beyond anything else.
Thanks for the ping. Been sick, slowly recovering. GWB just keeps moving along often with a quiet demeanor. Unlike his blowhard predecessor he has made vital changes that can be viewed critical to US interests and safety globally. The left truly hate him.
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