Boehner Applauds NATO Endorsement of U.S. Missile Defense Plans in Eastern Europe
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today issued the following statement applauding NATO's endorsement of a U.S. plan to station a missile defense system in Eastern Europe:
"This agreement is a critical step both for the United States and our allies in Europe as we seek to protect our citizens from new and emerging threats. Among the greatest threats to the security of free nations are ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of those seeking to destroy our way of life. This agreement is yet another clear sign that, led by the United States, freedom-loving nations will defend themselves in a cooperative but assertive way. I applaud President Bush for his continued leadership on this issue, just as I applaud our NATO allies for their commitment to our mutual security."
NOTE: According to the State Department, the agreement calls for the stationing of radar in the Czech Republic - which will be linked to other U.S. missile defense facilities in Europe and the United States - to track ballistic missiles. The agreement also calls for the establishment of 10 interceptor missiles in Poland to defend against the threat of missiles originating in the Middle East.