Administration's Missile Defense Decision Misguided, Our Allies Deserve Better
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement after reports indicated that the Obama Administration would scrap efforts to build a missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, abandoning our commitments to those important European allies and weakening our national defense:
I am extremely disappointed to learn about the Administration's decision to abandon an important foreign policy commitment to two of our key allies. Scrapping our missile defense effort in Europe has severe consequences for our diplomatic relations and weakens our national security. Our allies, especially Poland and the Czech Republic, deserve better and our people deserve smarter and safer.
The Administration's misguided action will cause our eastern European allies to question our commitment to their people and security, while heightening concerns in Israel. The European deployment is the only system that can protect both the U.S. and Europe against the common threat of an Iran armed with nuclear weapons and the capability to deliver them. I will work to overturn this wrong-headed policy.