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  • US activates $800m missile shield base in Romania

    05/12/2016 2:09:18 PM PDT · by MeganC · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | May 12, 2016 | BBC
    The US has activated a land-based missile defence station in Romania, which will form part of a larger and controversial European shield. Senior US and Nato officials attended the ceremony in Deveselu, southern Romania. The US says the Aegis system is a shield to protect Nato countries from short and medium-range missiles, particularly from the Middle East. But Russia sees it as a security threat - a claim denied by Nato. * * * Russia says installing such shields in countries on its doorstep is a threat to its security. "Who will this system be against?" President Vladimir Putin's spokesman,...
  • Putin Paranoia

    02/18/2015 7:33:02 AM PST · by duckln · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2-17/2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Yet of all of the secessionist movements from the Atlantic to the Urals, none imperils a vital interest of the United States. None is really our business. And none justifies a war with Russia. Indeed, what is it about this generation of Americans that makes us such compulsive meddlers in the affairs of nations we could not find on a map? Consider if you will our particular affliction: Putin paranoia.
  • Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

    08/25/2014 3:19:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 25, 2014 – 11:16 AM
    NATO officials are considering deploying a long-planned missile defense system—aimed at protecting Europe from attacks from the Middle East—against Russia as well, Spiegel has learned. Calls for such an expansion to the system’s remit, which is backed by the United States, are growing in Poland as well as in NATO member states Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. […] But the majority of NATO members, especially Germany, are opposed to the proposal, warning that it could result in an unnecessary provocation of Moscow. …
  • Putin Questions Need for Missile Defense Shield When Iran’s ‘Nuclear Program Is Going Away’

    12/13/2013 10:18:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2013 - 6:18 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    President Vladimir Putin stepped up criticism Thursday of a U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe, reiterating Russia’s newly-minted argument that the nuclear agreement reached with Iran last month has removed both the threat and the West’s justification for the shield. “It was the Iranian nuclear program in particular that at one time served as the main argument for deploying the missile defense system,” Putin said during an annual address to both houses of the Russian parliament. “Now what’s happening? The Iranian nuclear program is going away, but the missile defense system stays—and not only stays but continues to be...
  • Clinton proposes missile shield to protect GCC

    03/31/2012 11:14:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Arab News ^ | April Fools' Day 2012 | Ghazanfar Ali Khan
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, who met with the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) here yesterday, proposed a strong missile shield to protect Gulf Arab states from Tehran and sought to work with them to help end the violence in Iran's ally Syria. Clinton said: "It is a US priority to help the GCC build a regional missile defense architecture" against what that country sees as a looming ballistic missile threat from Iran. Clinton said that she looked forward to discussing the wide range of common strategic concerns, including preventing Iran from acquiring a...
  • Exclusive: U.S. dangles secret data for Russia missile shield approval

    03/13/2012 8:06:12 PM PDT · by coloradan · 18 replies
    Reuters / Yahoo ^ | 13 Mar 2012 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is leaving open the possibility of giving Moscow certain secret data on U.S. interceptor missiles due to help protect Europe from any Iranian missile strike. A deal is being sought by Washington that could include classified data exchange because it is in the U.S. interest to enlist Russia and its radar stations in the missile-defense effort, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Tuesday in written replies to Reuters. No decision has been made yet on whether the United States would offer data about the interceptors' "velocity at burnout," or VBO, said Air Force Lieutenant Colonel April...
  • Russia urges quick missile defense deal with US

    01/19/2012 5:08:07 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | January 18, 2012
    MOSCOW -- A deal with Washington to assuage Moscow's concerns about U.S. missile defense plans in Europe is still possible, but time is running out, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday. Sergey Lavrov reaffirmed that Moscow will take retaliatory action if moves by Washington to deploy missile shield components around Europe pose a threat to Russia. ... Moscow agreed in 2010 to consider NATO's proposal to cooperate on the U.S.-led missile shield, but the talks have run into a deadlock over how the system should be operated. Russia has insisted that it should be run jointly, which NATO has rejected. ......
  • Why Obama Surrendered the Missile Shield

    12/21/2010 12:44:34 AM PST · by neverdem · 63 replies · 2+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 21, 2010 | Zbigniew Mazurak
    Documents from the State Department published by WikiLeaks show that the Obama administration surrendered the missile shield previously planned by the Bush administration to Europe because of Russian demands, not because of any supposed intel reports. The original missile defense scheme was devised by the Bush administration, which persuaded Poland and the Czech Republic to authorize missile defense systems (ten unarmed interceptors and a radar) to be deployed on their soil.  In April 2008, Bush outmaneuvered Vladimir Putin by obtaining an endorsement of this scheme from all NATO allies before the Russian leader reached Bucharest for the NATO-Russia summit. Russia...
  • Wikileaks - Obama traded anti missile shield for Russian support

    11/29/2010 2:28:09 AM PST · by maggief · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Polskie Radio ^ | November 29, 2010
    President Obama cancelled anti-missile shield plans in Poland and the Czech Republic to get Russia support for UN sanctions against Iran, documents made public by Wikileaks reveal. (snip) The whistle blowing web site, publishing diplomatic cables and other documents via The New York Times, the Guardian (UK) and other media outlets, show that George Bush’s anti-missile shield plan to station 10 interceptor rockets in Poland not far from the Kaliningrad (Russia) border and a radar system in the Czech Republic was seen as an obstacle by Washington in getting tougher sanctions against Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
  • NATO to offer Russia access to US satellite data (Barf Alert)

    11/14/2010 11:58:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    ASDNews ^ | 11/12/2010 | ASDNews
    NATO will offer Russia access to some US military satellite data in exchange for its participation in a missile shield project for continental Europe, a Moscow newspaper reported Friday. The offer will come as part of a broader deal to be extended to Russia at the NATO-Russia Council that immediately follows the 28-member Alliance's November 19-20 summit in Lisbon, Nezavisimaya Gazeta quoted a NATO source as saying. NATO officials in Brussels could not immediately confirm the report. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has accepted an invitation to attend the talks, which besides long-range missile defences will also focus on NATO's activities...
  • IDF decides to store, not deploy, Iron Dome system

    11/08/2010 10:20:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/08/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    After months of deliberations, the IDF has decided to store the Iron Dome anti-rocket system at an air force base in the center of the country and to deploy it only in cases of extreme rocket fire from either the Gaza Strip or southern Lebanon, senior military sources said on Sunday. The decision was made ahead of the planned announcement that Iron Dome had reached “initial operational capability,” initially scheduled for this month. On Sunday, top IDF officers told The Jerusalem Post that the initial operational capability would be postponed until the first quarter of 2011. The delay, the officers...
  • Turkey against Nato missile shield targeting Iran

    11/08/2010 10:06:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies ^ | 11/7/2010 | AFP
    A Nato missile shield project that singles out Iran as a threat will be unacceptable to Turkey, President Abdullah Gul said in an interview broadcast Monday. “Nato is a defence organisation. A defence system is being developed against anyone in the world who has ballistic missiles and does not belong to Nato,” Gul said. “Mentioning one country, Iran… is wrong and will not happen. A particular country will not be targeted…We will definitely not accept that,” he said in an interview with the BBC’s Turkish service, aired on Turkish television. Nato and the United States want to set up a...
  • Israel to boost Tel Aviv's missile shield

    11/02/2010 11:27:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    UPI via Space Daily ^ | 11/2/2010 | UPI via Space Daily
    Israel's military has begun constructing a third battery of long-range, high-altitude Arrow anti-missile interceptors near Tel Aviv to boost defenses against Iranian ballistic missiles. The planned deployment, and a scramble to develop and install other systems to counter short- and medium-range missiles and rockets, underlines the Jewish state's growing fears that its cities and towns face a missile bombardment of unprecedented scale and ferocity. The existing batteries of Arrow-2 interceptors, jointly produced by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and the Boeing Co., are deployed at an air force base in southern Israel and another near the city of Hadera in the...
  • Turkey objects to Nato missile shield targeting Iran(Update)

    10/19/2010 12:41:38 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/19/2010 | Damien McElroy
    The development raised further concerns that Turkish foreign policy was tilting outside the sphere of the Western alliance towards alignment with its eastern neighbour. A Turkish official said Ahmed Davutoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, had opened "negotiations" on the targeting of the missiles at a preliminary meeting in Brussels last week. Turkey said it does not want the system to exclusively target any neighbouring country. "Within this frame, we do not lean towards the idea of defining countries like Iran, Syria and Russia as threats," a foreign ministry official said. "The minister has conveyed our opinion on the subject." Nato's policy...
  • Dropping The Shield

    06/30/2010 4:55:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 30, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    National Security: The administration is ready to sign a treaty stripping us of our ability to defend ourselves against enemy nuclear missiles, including Iran's and North Korea's. In space, no one can hear you surrender. On Monday, the ground-based Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, part of the U.S. missile defense shield, successfully shot down a ballistic missile launched from a ship's deck off Kauai, Hawaii. The test simulated an Iranian SCUD launched from the deck of a ship off the U.S. coast, which, if armed with a nuke, could devastate the American heartland. The simulated Scud was launched from...
  • Poland to receive first US missiles in May

    05/02/2010 9:40:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 350+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 4/21/2010 | Space Daily
    The first-ever battery of US Patriot missiles to be deployed in Poland will arrive in late May, defence ministry spokesman Janusz Sejmej told AFP on Wednesday. "Following preparations and consultations, the first deployment of a battery of anti-missile Patriots will start around May 24 in Morag," Sejmej said. The Polish military base at Morag, in the Mazurian Lakes region, is some 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of Warsaw and just 60 kilometres (40 kilometres) from the border with Russia's Kaliningrad territory. Sejmej refused to say how long the deployment would last, but said it was "temporary". In February, Poland ratified...
  • Japan sticks to key missile-shield deal: U.S. general

    04/21/2010 10:20:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 180+ views
    Reuters vis The Washington Post ^ | 4/21/2010 | Jim Wolf
    Japan remains fully committed to building a linchpin multibillion-dollar missile interceptor with the United States, the head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency told Congress, even as U.S.-Japanese ties adjust to a new era. Army Lieutenant General Patrick O'Reilly said on Wednesday he had held several high-level program reviews with Japanese government officials since the Democratic Party of Japan's victory in the August 30, 2009, elections for the legislature's lower house. "They have indicated that they are in full support and their commitments are solid," he told the Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee, referring to a Standard Missile-3 upgrade program in...
  • Tehran's Other Target: America 2015

    04/20/2010 5:04:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 869+ views ^ | April 20, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    National Security: An unclassified Defense Department report says an Iranian missile could strike the U.S. by 2015. If only we were working as hard to defend ourselves as they are to destroy us. In any discussion of the Iranian nuclear threat, the assumption is always that Tehran's target is Israel. Iran's quite mad president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pledged to wipe Israel off the map as part of his grand scheme to usher in the age of the 12th Imam. Tehran may have a bigger fish that it wants to fry, namely us. "With sufficient foreign assistance, Iran could probably develop...
  • NATO calls on Russia to help build missile defense shield

    Speaking at a news conference in Brussels, Secretary General of NATO Andres Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance should bring Russia onboard as it plans to build a missile defense “roof” in Europe. Rasmussen pointed out that involving Russia in “building and operating” a common missile defense shield should become a priority if the West wants to ensure that security efforts are effective. “I believe that building missile defense in a way that includes Russia would help create the true European security architecture we would all like to see,” Rasmussen said. If the two parties do sit down to work together,...
  • Scuds For Hezbollah

    04/14/2010 4:26:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 738+ views ^ | April 15, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Mideast: Israeli officials charge Syria with transferring ballistic missiles to the control of Iran's puppet militia, Hezbollah. It seems that another attempt to woo and appease a hostile power is not working. Last November we commented on reports in the Arab media in the Persian Gulf that Syria, apparently at the request of Iran, had turned about 300 long-range ballistic missiles over to Hezbollah control in Syrian territory. Hezbollah personnel were being trained to operate the Scuds. On Tuesday, Israeli President Shimon Peres confirmed these reports, publicly charging Syrian President Bashar Assad's government with transferring Scud missiles to the control...
  • Prague Surrender

    04/08/2010 4:48:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,063+ views ^ | April 8, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Arms Deal: President Obama signs away U.S. nuclear security and gives the Russians a veto over whether we can defend ourselves. Our nuclear umbrella is in tatters as another piece of paper proclaims peace in our time. Completing a process of disarmament and appeasement that manifested itself in the dismantling and defunding of U.S. military power that began with his inauguration, President Obama signed a new strategic arms limitation treaty with a grinning and very happy Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday in the Czech capital. How fitting this document was signed in Prague, which isn't far from Munich where...
  • Sofia Hails NATO 'Security Roof' Plan

    03/29/2010 9:20:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 209+ views
    Space War ^ | 3/30/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Building a missile defense shield to cover all European countries, including Russia, would help restore confidence in NATO, the Bulgarian foreign minister said on Saturday. Nikolay Mladenov said that would show the people that "the Alliance is really taking care of their security rather than just engage in operations at the other end of the world." Speaking earlier in the day at a NATO conference in Brussels, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for a new Euro-Atlantic security architecture, "one security roof," in which Russia should be a full-fledged partner. He said one security roof "would be a very strong political...
  • NATO needs an anti-missile defence system

    03/12/2010 11:14:38 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 521+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | 3/12/2010 | AFP via Google
    NATO needs to develop an anti-missile defence system as a deterrence, the alliance chief said Friday, while seeking to assure Moscow that the organisation posed no threat to Russia. "We must develop an effective missile defence," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told an international conference in the Polish capital. "In the coming years we will probably face many more countries and possibly even some non-state actors armed with long-range missiles and nuclear capabilities," he said. Rasmussen also insisted later during a press conference that "a nuclear capability will remain an essential part of a credible deterrence in the future."...
  • Poland approves revised US missile shield agreement

    03/02/2010 10:36:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 221+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 3/02/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    Poland on Tuesday agreed to a new version of a deal on stationing an American missile shield, a government statement said, adding it would be aimed essentially at potential threats from Iran. Warsaw "accepts signing a protocol modifying the accord signed by the Polish and American governments on the installation on our territory of anti-ballistic missile interceptors concluded in Warsaw on August 20, 2008," it said. In September, US President Barack Obama shelved a plan by his predecessor George W. Bush to deploy a missile shield in Poland and a radar base in the Czech Republic by 2013 that Russia...
  • Obama is building a new missile shield in Eastern Europe: this time in Romania and Bulgaria

    02/24/2010 3:46:39 PM PST · by Big Bureaucracy · 13 replies · 259+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | February 24th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    After scraping the plans of building a missile defense shield in Poland and Czech Republic President Obama is working now on deploying defense missiles to another part of Eastern Europe: the Balkans. Romania and Bulgaria are both members of NATO and the EU. Last week Romania’s top defense body had approved Washington’s plan to deploy interceptor missiles. Bulgarian PM Boiko Borisov said Sofia should show solidarity and consider the Washington deal after negotiations with NATO and EU. After humiliating Poland the Obama administration realized they still need the land based defense structures designed to protect against current and emerging ballistic...
  • Romania to host U.S. missiles

    02/04/2010 7:09:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 225+ views
    Space War ^ | 02/04/2010 | UPI via Space War
    In an unexpected announcement, the president of Romania said Thursday his country would host missile interceptors as part of a new U.S. defense shield. President Traian Basescu said the Supreme Defense Council, Romania's top military and security body, had agreed to such a plan after a request by Washington. "Terrestrial interceptors will be placed on Romania's territory as part of the anti-missile system," Basescu was quoted as saying by Radio Free Europe. "According to the calendar agreed with the American side, the components located on Romania's territory will become operational in 2015." He said the missile defense system would "protect...
  • Soviet Star Wars

    12/10/2009 12:37:13 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 695+ views
    Air and Space Smithsonian ^ | 1/01/2010 | Dwayne A. Day And Robert G. Kennedy III
    It sounds like something from a James Bond movie: a massive satellite, the largest ever launched, equipped with a powerful laser to take out the American anti-missile shield in advance of a Soviet first strike. It was real, though—or at least the plan was. In fact, when Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev walked out of the October 1986 summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, because President Ronald Reagan wouldn't abandon his Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI, the Soviets were closer to fielding a space-based weapon than the United States was. Less than a year later, as the world continued to criticize Reagan for...
  • Obama worries Europe after Polish slight

    09/30/2009 12:53:26 AM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 9 replies · 710+ views
    Russia News Net ^ | 29 September 2009
    The American decision to back out of a Bush-administration agreement has Europe worried that Barack Obama may sacrifice Central Europe to repair relations with Russia. The Los Angeles Times has reported that the Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, said last week his country would now have to look inward rather to the US for security. Barack Obama in overturning the Bush-era plan for the missile shield in Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe caused memories of the Cold War to come flooding back in Poland, which was once the casualty of Russian domination. In Poland and among other members...
  • Poles indignant that U.S. altered missile-shield plans

    09/28/2009 8:23:30 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 29 replies · 1,060+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 29, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
    Reporting from Warsaw - It hardly seems to matter anymore that Poles had long been leery of hosting U.S. missile interceptors aimed at defending against long-range threats from Iran. Now that Washington has backed out of the missile shield agreement forged by the Bush administration -- and opposed by Russia -- people here are reeling. Washington says it is changing plans in response to new intelligent assessments about Iran. But the Obama administration has undeniably been courting the Kremlin in hopes that Russia will ramp up pressure on Iran and North Korea, and cooperate with efforts to pacify Afghanistan. Just...
  • Why we do not like America: 20 reasons why we are better than the Americans [Poland retaliates]

    09/27/2009 8:32:07 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 107 replies · 2,600+ views
    EFAKT.PL via Google language tools ^ | 23.09.2009 | Jerzy Kubrak
    Complex of America? Not with us! Poles do not have the slightest reason to feel worse than the Americans. Quite the contrary. We are sending them to the head in almost every field. In our food is healthy - strawberry tastes like strawberry and tomato like tomato. And in the U.S.? Sam shocker! Americans wcinajÄ… Crap and the power of Tiya. How do they look? When you enter the elevator, wait for the next, so as not to be flattened on the cake. And that's not all. Presuming the citizens of the United States can only envy us ponadtysiÄ…cletniej history,...
  • US planning missile bases in Poland: report

    09/25/2009 6:54:27 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 93 replies · 5,420+ views
    AFP ^ | 25/9/2009
    WARSAW — The United States aims to establish missile bases in Poland, after having scrapped plans fiercely opposed by Russia to deploy a missile shield in the country, a Polish newspaper reported Friday. Citing Polish diplomatic sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, Gazeta Wyborcza said Washington aimed to set up a permanent short- and medium-range missile base as well as deploy mobile missile batteries. The plan is set to take shape within days, said Gazeta Wyborcza, a leading daily that is considered well informed on the issue. It said Andrzej Kremer, Poland's deputy foreign minister, was due to travel...
  • Abject Surrender in the Dead of Night

    09/18/2009 3:50:25 AM PDT · by docbnj · 11 replies · 1,615+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 17 Sep 2009 | anonymous
    Czechs are used to betrayal by their Western allies. It was at Munich in 1938 that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain sealed their doom in exchange for a piece of paper promising "peace in our time." The fact that this further gutting of missile defense came on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland on Sept. 17, 1939, is an eerie coincidence. "Just after midnight I was informed in a telephone call by President Barack Obama that (his) administration had decided to pull out from the planned missile defense shield installations" in the Czech Republic and Poland, the...
  • To Hell With 'Howevers,' Fund SDI

    12/08/2008 5:08:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 625+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 8, 2008
    Defense: A ballistic missile launched from Alaska is shot down by an interceptor launched from California. With threats from North Korea to Iran, it's time to ignore the skeptics and fully fund missile defense.It was the most realistic and most successful missile defense test ever in a Strategic Defense Initiative that could one day save an American city from a rogue missile strike. Yet the "yeah, but" media greeted this triumph with claims the concept is still unproven. It was as if the Wright brothers had announced man's first flight, only to be greeted with cries that they hadn't built...
  • Amateur Hour With Missile Defense

    09/21/2009 3:11:56 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 904+ views ^ | 09/21/2009 | by Robert Maginnis
    Vicenza, Italy. President Obama’s decision to cancel our European ground-based missile defense system will prove to be very costly and his public rationale -- changed intelligence and improved technologies -- is far from the whole truth. This is a geopolitical disaster and risks our security as well. Last year, President Bush said “Iran is pursuing technology that could be used to produce nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles of increasing range that could deliver them.” His administration successfully negotiated with Poland and the Czech Republic to install a ground-based anti-missile defense system in those countries to counter the accelerating Iranian threat.
  • Missile Defense Takes Off

    12/03/2008 6:10:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,124+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 3, 2008
    Strategic Defense: The Air Force's airborne laser program passes yet another test, proving "unproven" missile defense once again. The question is not whether we can get it to work, but whether we can afford not to.The news that Iran has enough nuclear material to build a nuclear weapon in relatively short order and is well along on missiles to deliver its nukes has put a sense of urgency on the proposed missile defense system slated for Poland and the Czech Republic. Fortunately, another answer to the threat posed by rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea has just passed a...
  • Star Wars: The Next Generation

    08/19/2009 5:43:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 1,492+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 19, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The Air Force airborne laser program successfully completes a simulated kill from a plane able to find, track and destroy a live ballistic missile. We can shoot down enemy missiles. Instead, we're shooting down the laser program.The Aug. 10 effort was the third such test — sort of like a sniper sighting the target with the red dot of a laser without actually pulling the trigger. In early June, the airborne laser (ABL) program engaged two un-instrumented missiles. This was the first in-flight test against an instrumented target missile. A modified Boeing 747-400F aircraft took off from Edwards Air...
  • Envisioning A World Without America

    09/18/2009 5:56:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies · 3,948+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 18, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: An Iranian mullah once said "a world without America and Zionism" was a real possibility. Our sellout of Eastern Europe and missile defense brings that dream closer to reality. It would take only one warhead."Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism?" Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked at a "World Without Zionism" conference in Tehran in 2005. "But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved." He added that Iran had a strategic "war preparation plan" for what it called "the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization." A...
  • GoldenEye: The Real Meltdown

    10/03/2008 3:09:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,100+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 2, 2008
    Strategic Defense: A new report says the United States must develop robust missile and space defenses to counter China. If you think the current economic crisis is something, imagine the effects of a nuke over Iowa.Imagine a world in which you can't get money from your bank or can't get a loan. You can't get money from your ATM even if it's within walking distance. You can't drive to one because your car won't work. No, it's not what would happen if the Congress doesn't pass a bailout bill. This is a small snapshot of what would happen if a...
  • Missile shield cuts, European welfare state in danger?

    09/18/2009 1:50:38 PM PDT · by arkadyka · 7 replies · 354+ views
    Right Condition ^ | 9/18/2009 | arkady
    In the wake of Obama’s controversial missile shield decision, it is important to consider the big picture. America spends a lot of money on military expenditures and both the Right and the Left feel strongly about this figure. As of 2008, America is spending a quarter of it’s expenditures on Defense and about 9% on welfare (this number is important) out of roughly 2.5 Trillion. Missile defense is the single most expensive DoD project costing over 8 billion dollars annually, twice as much as the F-22 Raptor procurement. (Source: Page 5) with a significant portion of the costs going overseas....
  • Placating Russia Won't Work

    09/18/2009 12:54:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies · 527+ views
    Washingtont Post ^ | 9/18/09 | David J. Kramer
    Russian leaders never liked the idea that the United States, Poland and the Czech Republic were cooperating on missile defense to confront an emerging Iranian threat. The notion that two former Warsaw Pact states that Moscow used to control would be hosting 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a corresponding radar facility in the Czech Republic was unacceptable. Kremlin leaders alleged that the system was meant to target Russia, not counter Iran, and they had threatened to scuttle unrelated arms control negotiations with the United States unless Washington backed down.
  • The Global Presidential Poll '08 (Poles voted pro Obama)

    09/18/2009 7:14:43 AM PDT · by anonsquared · 25 replies · 1,006+ views
    # 19% of respondents in Poland support McCain while 65% support Obama. ~snip So Poland... How's that 'Hope & Change' working out for you now?
  • Russia's Putin says U.S. shield decision positive

    09/18/2009 5:17:24 AM PDT · by Overtaxed Patriot · 13 replies · 418+ views
    Reuters Inda ^ | 9/18/09 | Toni Vorobyova
    SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Friday a decision by the United States to scrap plans for a missile defense shield in Europe was positive. Putin, speaking to investors in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, said he now expected the United States to back a bid by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan to join the World Trade Organisation. "I expect that after this correct and brave decision, others will follow, including the complete removal of all restrictions on the transfer of high technology to Russia and activity to widen the membership of the World Trade...
  • Obama scraps missile shield, right move?

    09/17/2009 10:41:31 PM PDT · by arkadyka · 16 replies · 713+ views
    Right Condition ^ | 9/17/2009 | arkady
    (Former Indy Mind blog) “Speak softly and carry a big stick." Except when dealing with the Russians. My veins pump with Russian blood and today was an inferior foreign policy strategist bending under the might of the Russian hammer. There are two very distinct approaches to today's move and both have to be considered. If you think scrapping Bush's missile shield was anything other than a gift to the Russians, think again. This is a country whose population and leadership crave power and control, always have and always will. With their economy reeling and their influence marginalized they will do...
  • Obama junks Bush's European missile defense plan

    09/17/2009 7:14:59 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 22 replies · 1,434+ views
    The Associated Pres (hosted on Google) ^ | September 18, 2009 | Anne Gearan
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama abruptly canceled a long-planned missile shield for Eastern Europe on Thursday, replacing a Bush-era project that was bitterly opposed by Russia with a plan he contended would better defend against a growing threat of Iranian missiles. The United States will no longer seek to erect a missile base and radar site in Poland and the Czech Republic, poised at Russia's hemline. That change is bound to please the Russians, who had never accepted U.S. arguments, made by both the Bush and Obama administrations, that the shield was intended strictly as a defense against Iran and...
  • Alienating Poland

    09/17/2009 5:48:16 PM PDT · by Sockdologer · 4 replies · 535+ views
    South Dakota Politics ^ | Sep. 17, 2009 | Miranda Flint
    President Bush was often criticized by his detractors for alienating America's allies. Yet Obama seems to be getting a pass for doing the same thing. In an earlier post, I mentioned Obama's poor treatment of the UK's Gordon Brown. Apparently, the UK is not the only ally that the president has chosen to snub. Today, on the anniversary of the soviet's attack on Poland, Obama announced his intention to scrap plans to build a missile shield based in Poland and the Czech Republic. According to Reuters writer Gabriela Baczynska, Obama means to shelve the plans in order to improve ties...
  • Abject Surrender In Dead Of Night

    09/17/2009 5:25:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 2,799+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 17, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Strategic Defense: With Iran on the verge of a deliverable nuke, the administration tells our allies in the dead of night that we will scuttle missile defense plans in Eastern Europe to please the Russians.Czechs are used to betrayal by their Western allies. It was at Munich in 1938 that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain sealed their doom in exchange for a piece of paper promising "peace in our time." The fact that this further gutting of missile defense came on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland on Sept. 17, 1939, is an eerie coincidence. "Just after...
  • Israel Steps It Up

    04/08/2009 6:25:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 899+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 8, 2009
    Defense: On the same day a plot to supply Iran with nuclear materials is revealed, Israel conducts a missile defense test. Nothing concentrates the mind quite so wonderfully as the threat of imminent extinction.On Tuesday, word came that the Manhattan district attorney's office had smashed a plot to smuggle nuclear weapons materials to Iran through unwitting New York banks. A 118-count indictment accuses Chinese financier Lei Feng Wei of setting up fake companies to hide that he was selling millions of dollars in potential nuclear materials to Tehran. As the New York Daily News reports, among the materials involved were...
  • Target Alaska: Gov. Palin Pushes SDI

    06/01/2009 7:00:19 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 7 replies · 896+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 2, 2009 | Editorial
    As Defense Secretary Gates tours our missile defense site at Fort Greely, Alaska, Gov. Sarah Palin calls for restoration of the missile defense cuts. Meanwhile, North Korea points another missile at the U.S. Robert Gates' visit to our missile defense facility at Fort Greely on Monday was a pointed reminder to the North Koreans that while we have been talking softly, we still have a few big sticks in the ground ready to turn the North Korean missile program into so much scrap metal.
  • Trading Away Missile Defense

    02/17/2009 5:45:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 682+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 17, 2009
    National Security: The proposed missile defense system for Europe may be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Russia. Is Ronald Reagan's "We win, they lose" now "Let's make a deal"?When President Reagan began the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983, the only ones who took it seriously were the Soviets. Their global ambitions depended on an America inhibited and even intimidated by the threat of nuclear war. They still do. Just ask Georgia. When Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev met Reagan in Reykjavik, Iceland, in October 1986, he hoped Reagan would be willing to trade SDI away in exchange for...
  • Another Bull's-Eye For Missile Defense

    08/05/2009 5:30:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 597+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    SDI: If you missed the news, which isn't hard given how poorly these things are covered, our "unproven" missile defense proved itself again last week, when a U.S. warship downed a simulated North Korean missile in flight.The test, conducted in Hawaiian waters by the Navy and the Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was the 23rd firing by ships equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile defense system. It was the 19th success, including the shoot-down of a dead U.S. spy satellite last year. A short-range ballistic missile simulating a missile like North Korea's Nodongs or Scuds was fired from...