By unilaterally abandoning U.S. missile defense installations in Poland and the Czech Republic, President Obama has taken yet another step toward militarily and diplomatically disarming the United States and our allies in the face of Iran’s nuclear program. Sadly, this is yet another in a growing series of Obama’s retreats. From cutting our defense budget by $40 billion in a time of war, to unilaterally abandoning our commitment to defend our troops and our allies in the region, to foreign tours featuring public apologies for America’s role in the world, Obama’s liberal foreign policy is now coming fully and shockingly into view.
While Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to America to speak his thousands of high-speed centrifuges will be refining uranium into the weapons-grade components he needs to assemble his first nuclear weapon.
The blood of the peaceful demonstrators opposing his “re-election” has barely dried on the streets of Tehran. And we were treated to more of his delaying tactics, as he laughs in the face of America and our allies, who long ago exhausted our “soft diplomacy” aimed at stopping him from building a nuclear weapon.
We have also learned recently that Russia will supply Iran with sophisticated S-300 air-defense missiles. Russia is officially denying this, but a Russian official has been quoted in the official Russian news agency Tass, the RIA-Novosti news agency, and the independent Interfax news agency confirming the defense contract between Russia and Iran was signed two years ago.
The Russian S-300 is a sophisticated, long-range surface-to-air missile specifically designed for the air defense of large industrial facilities and military bases against cruise missiles and military strike aircraft -- precisely the missile system Iran needs to defend a nuclear installation.
There is one, and only one aircraft in the world that can confidently penetrate and destroy the sophisticated air defense batteries Russia is capable of building, and that is the F-22 Raptor, which President Obama has just killed. That’s right. President Obama’s first veto threat was issued to Congress demanding that the F-22 Raptor, the stealthiest, fastest, longest range, most lethal strike fighter in the world, be discontinued, with no similarly capable aircraft even on the drawing board. The F-22 program is now dead.
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