Friday, April 08, 2011
Russians: 'We Want Joint Command Of US Missile Defense Shield'
I'll say this for the Russians - they definitely know whom they're dealing with in the White House.
The Russians have a new demand for Obama as part of the START treaty. They want 'red button' rights - joint command on how, when and if it is used - to the proposed new US-backed missile defense system for Europe!
Sergey Ivanov, Russia's deputy prime minister, made the demand during his last visit to the United States where he met with top officials including Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State.
"We insist on only one thing," he said of the nascent US-backed missile defence shield. "That we are an equal part of it."
"In practical terms, that means that our office will sit for example in Brussels and agree on a red-button push to launch an interceptor missile, regardless of whether the missile is launched from Poland, Russia or the UK." ( emphasis mine)
Caving in to that demand would, of course, render any missile defense system useless. What would happen if Russia's friends in Iran decided to launch a missile against London or Paris and the Russians said 'Nyet'? What would happen if Russia decided the Poles or Czechs weren't being servile enough and decided to make an example of them?
The Russians are already successfully gaming Obama and his clueless Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher for export of our most advanced US missile technology, something that will very likely come back to haunt us after President Obama is safely out of office just as Clinton's shipping advanced military technology via Loral to China did.
Will the Obama Administration give in to this new demand? Stay tuned.