Obama diplomacy works - Russia and America pull back from missile deployment

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Obama diplomacy works - Russia and America pull back from missile deployment

At last some sane diplomacy is emerging as Russia stops deploying its nuclear-capable Iskander missiles, after America suspended the controversial missile defence shield in central Europe.

Europe breathes a little easier as brinkmanship is replaced by pragmatism. Nice to see Obama living up to the hype.

Russia today announced it was abandoning plans to deploy nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in its European Kaliningrad outpost a sign that Moscow wants improved relations with the new US administration.

Defence officials said the Kremlin's proposals to station short-range missiles in the small Baltic territory next to Poland had been "suspended".

The move followed Barack Obama's decision to review the Pentagon's controversial missile defence shield in central Europe.

The Kremlin has been incensed by the Bush administration's plans to site missile interceptors and radar bases in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Moscow believes the plan upsets Europe's strategic nuclear balance and targets Russia, but the Bush administration insisted it was intended to defend against a threat from Iran.

Obama has not yet decided whether to press ahead with the scheme or to abandon it, although indications suggest he is sceptical about its value.

This afternoon the state-run ITAR-Tass news agency cited a Defense Ministry source as dismissing the report that Russia had abandoned plans to deploy the missiles. But the initial leak, published in Russian newspapers and by the Interfax news agency, suggests that Moscow is keen to test the Obama administration's possible response.

Analysts today said if confirmed the Russian move - which follows a phone conversation this week between Obama and Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev - could open the way for renewed dialogue on other issues that divide the two countries.

"The earlier Russian announcement that they were going to deploy missiles ... and point them at NATO allies was unwelcome. If that decision has now been rescinded, it is a good step," NATO spokesman James Appathurai said today.

Today's Russian move can be interpreted as a Kremlin olive branch to the new US team and a tactic to put pressure on Obama to scrap the shield.

"These plans have been suspended because the new US administration is not pushing ahead with the plans to deploy the US missile defence system in Poland and the Czech Republic," an official told the Russian state news agency, Interfax.

"Russia does not need to deploy Iskanders in the Kaliningrad region if the US does not install its missile defence facilities in eastern Europe."

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By netchicken: posted on 29-1-2009

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At last some sane diplomacy is emerging as Russia stops deploying its nuclear-capable Iskander missiles, after America suspended the controversial missile defence shield in central Europe.

Europe breathes a little easier as brinkmanship is replaced by pragmatism. Nice to see Obama living up to the hype.



Wrong.

Russian tactic won. Russia has insured that we do not install the defensive shield that would have protected allies from missile threat. The shield wasn't large enough to even begin to protect Europe from a Russian attack in the first place.

Russia was victorious in its political maneuvering on behalf of its Iranian allies.

If you believe that Russia and Iran are the good guys and that they have nothing but good intentions for the world and that the U.S. is the bad guy, you should be elated and feel the way you do. Many of us, however, realize that Obama is doing just as we expected, he is weakening the good guys while filling the hearts of the bad guys with resolve.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 31-1-2009

Using your black and white thinking...

Agreeing with American policy and decisions = pro American
Disagreeing with American policy = Anti American

You are the person being anti American, not I
By netchicken: posted on 31-1-2009

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Using your black and white thinking...


Nope, not "black and white" thinking; just the uncanny ability to learn from history. Not only learn from history but the ability to understand why Russia was doing what it was doing in the first place.
The missile shield was never a threat to them in the first place, just like we were never a threat to them in the first place.

Russia knew it was not threatened by the puny missile defense shield. Hell, a first strike attempt by Russia wouldn't be dented by the missile defense shield. Russia's response to the shield made little sense when looked at from a myopic point of view, but makes perfect sense when viewed with the understanding of who its new allies are. Allowing Russia the political victory and Iran the tactical victory is STUPID, not sane diplomacy.

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Agreeing with American policy and decisions = pro American
Disagreeing with American policy = Anti American


Not at all. Having the ability to recognize the real threats and properly respond is pro-American. Positioning America and her allies in a more dangerous position is stupid.

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You are the person being anti American, not I


I believe my above-posted comments, along with my initial response, illustrates that sentence as mere diatribe.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 31-1-2009








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