Three U.S. senators today expressed outrage that the Obama Administration has canceled a third missile defense site scheduled to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic:
"I have long viewed the deployment of a layered ballistic missile defense as an urgent priority, vital to the future of our country's national security," said U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Armed Services committee and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. "The Obama's Administration's decision to cancel the third missile defense site scheduled to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic is short-sighted and leaves America and our allies vulnerable to the growing missile threat from Iran. Iran has developed short and medium range missiles capable of hitting targets in the Middle East and southeastern Europe. Our only true defense is an effective layered defensive capability to shoot down ballistic missiles that threaten this country, our allies and our deployed forces around the globe."
"President Obama's decision to abandon critical missile defense systems raises grave concerns," said U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), member of the Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Senate Steering Committee. "Our top priority must be the security of America and our allies, not the appeasement of Moscow and Tehran. Breaking our word to friends in Poland and the Czech Republic in exchange for the supposed good will of Vladimir Putin is naive and sets a dangerous precedent. This action and others have signaled weakness to our friends and enemies."
"Today, on the 70th anniversary of Russia's invasion of Poland, President Obama has signaled to our European allies that the United States will suddenly and inexplicably walk away from our commitment, turning our back on our allies in an apparent effort to appease Russia," said U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a member of the Armed Services Committee. "This callous and cavalier decision leaves our friends out on a limb, high and dry. President Obama's announcement is indicative of a larger hostility towards our nation's longstanding missile defense plans. Through a series of actions, the Obama Administration is dismantling this important program, and, in the process, undermining our national security and exposing our country to serious missile threats from foreign nations like Iran and North Korea."