UPDATED: If I Were Poland, I'd Be Pretty PO'd

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Posted: Sep 17, 2009 1:55 PM
According to CNN, Vice President Joe Biden says that a missile defense system in Europe isn't really necessary because Iran really isn't that much of a threat:

Vice President Joe Biden earlier refused to confirm to CNN that the George W. Bush-era plan was being shelved.

But he did explain the logic of doing so, saying Iran — a key concern for the United States — was not a threat.

“I think we are fully capable and secure dealing with any present or future potential Iranian threat. ... They have no capacity to launch a missile at the United States of America," he said..

(This is just like what his boss, then-Senator Obama, noted during his campaign for the oval office last year):
Iran, Cuba, Venezuela — these countries are tiny, compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet, we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying, ‘We’re going to wipe you off the planet.
So let's recap: nuclear weapons in the hands of crazy Islamist lunatics in Tehran are no threat to the United States, and let's not worry about those European countries who may be within range because Russia wouldn't let Iran develop nuclear technology in the first place, right? 

Wrong. 

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Just today, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov declared it would be a "serious mistake" for the global community to put sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.  So basically we've promised to scrap our missile defense program, but Russia is insisting Iran should be able to continue developing its own nuclear technology. 

The truth is that Obama's new hopeandchange foreign policy--the new era of kum-ba-ya campfire sing-a-longs with our international neighbors--has betrayed the confidence of our friends in Europe.  As the Times of London notes:
By trading the loyalty of Poland and the Czech Republic to satisfy Russia’s security concerns, the United States is signalling that it no longer contests Moscow’s right to assert its interests in Eastern Europe.

Ukraine and Georgia’s chances of entering Nato over Russian objections have diminished further. The timing is disastrous for Ukraine in particular, given the Kremlin’s determination to reverse the pro-Western Orange Revolution and ensure victory for a pro-Russian candidate at presidential elections in January.

The Baltic States, already in Nato, will be feeling a chill as they ponder an even more assertive Russia. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been among the Kremlin’s most vocal critics but Nato’s new Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has declared a “true strategic partnership” with Russia his top priority.

The Bush Administration delighted in emphasising relations with the “new Europe” of former Soviet bloc countries, often at the expense of recalcitrant “old Europe” of Germany and France on foreign policy.

Mr Obama has shown that the US is no longer playing that game. He wants Russian help on Afghanistan and Iran and is leaving Europe to resolve its own relationship with Moscow on everything from energy security to historical grievances.

The Kremlin can barely believe its good fortune. Mr Obama has pressed the “reset” button to improve relations without obtaining anything more than permission for US aircraft to cross Russian airspace on resupply operations for troops in Afghanistan.

So now that Obama has effectively screwed American interests abroad, let's turn our attention back to our own shores.  Who's ready to pass that health care bill?

UPDATE: Ironic--the IAEA has declared that Iran now has the capability to make a nuclear bomb.  AP:
Experts at the world's top atomic watchdog are in agreement that Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and is on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic warhead, according to a secret report seen by The Associated Press.

The document drafted by senior officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency is the clearest indication yet that the agency's leaders share Washington's views on Iran's weapon-making capabilities.

It appears to be the so-called "secret annex" on Iran's nuclear program that Washington says is being withheld by the IAEA's chief.

The document says Iran has "sufficient information" to build a bomb. It says Iran is likely to "overcome problems" on developing a delivery system.