Baker Spring on Defenseless Europe
At the Heritage Foundation blog, Baker Spring writes about the Czech government temporarily pulling back from parliament agreements between the Czech Republic and the U.S. to install missile defense radar. He writes:
“Critics of the planned ground-based missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic that would be used to counter long-range missile threats from Iran against Europe or the United States ought to think twice before assuming this move puts that plan in trouble…Both opponents of emplacing a missile defense radar in the Czech parliament and the Obama Administration need understand the likely cost of pulling back.”
Baker notes that pulling back from both agreements increases the risk of nuclear war. Rogue state Iran continues to be a concern. If that country obtains a nuclear weapon and long-range missile, our ability to protect the region will be limited. Reversing our agreements with Central Europe would not only be seen as weak, it would weaken the security relationship between the U.S. and the Czech Republic.