By Daniel Greenfield l September 18, 2009
The big story at the close of the week is Obama’s abandonment of the missile defense shield. To understand the implications of this, imagine if Walter Mondale had won in 1984 and had decided to abandon SDI aka Star Wars. The result would have been a decisive American retreat in Europe, one that would have seriously strengthened the Soviet position and might have prevented the collapse of the USSR.
Except Russia today is stronger and more aggressive than it was in 1984, and Putin has demonstrated his determination to retake former Soviet territories with his invasion of the Republic of Georgia and by repeatedly amping up the tension with Ukraine. The missile defense shield represented an American commitment to defend the liberated nations of Europe. Abandoning it is a green light to Putin to begin moving up Russia’s invasion plans.
Not only has Obama sold out Israel to Islamic terrorism. Not only has Obama sold out Honduras and Columbia to the Marxist regimes of Cuba and Venezuela. But now, Obama has sold out Eastern Europe to Russia. And the last time Poland was sold out, the result was the Second World War.
Poland and Czechoslovakia, the first line targets of Germany, naturally feel betrayed by Obama.
“Betrayal! The U.S. sold us to Russia and stabbed us in the back,” the Polish tabloid Fakt declared on its front page.
Polish President Lech Kaczynski said he was concerned that Obama’s new strategy leaves Poland in a dangerous “gray zone” between Western Europe and the old Soviet sphere.
The Bush administration’s plan would have been “a major step in preventing various disturbing trends in our region of the world,” Kaczynski said in a guest editorial in the daily Fakt and also carried on his presidential Web site.
An editorial in Hospodarske Novine, a respected pro-business Czech newspaper, said: “an ally we rely on has betrayed us, and exchanged us for its own, better relations with Russia, of which we are rightly afraid.”
“This is not good news for the Czech state, for Czech freedom and independence,” said Mirek Topolanek, the former Czech Prime Minister. “It puts us in a position where we are firmly anchored in terms of partnership, security and alliance, and that’s a certain threat.”
Beyond even opening the door to Russia trying to restore the Warsaw Pact, Obama has once demonstrated that American agreements to allies are absolutely worthless.
By rejecting the Bush Administration’s oral agreements with Israel, Obama gave the first sign that his administration would not be bound by a previous administration’s agreements. He has now done the same thing on a much larger scale. The message has been conveyed in bold type around the world that American protection and agreements are meaningless.
This makes it a matter of child’s play for Russia to begin sweeping up what’s left by pointing out that Eastern European countries have a choice between depending on an America that won’t protect them when Russian tanks come sweeping across the border, or cutting a deal with Russia. A deal that will naturally mean installing a Russian puppet regime in charge before long.
With Belarus as the Venezuela of the region, Russia can begin “reuniting” the Warsaw Pact all the way up to Poland.
Obama already demonstrated precedence by personally calling the Czech Prime Minister, while sending Hillary Clinton to talk to the Polish PM. The Polish Prime Minister rightly rejected the call.
As far as Russia is concerned, that’s as good as a menu order.
And now Obama has managed to alienate most of America’s closest allies, leaving only a handful of Western European nations that still haven’t broken with the administration.
And the global picture is ugly as hell for the man who was supposed to make the world love America again.
Japan’s new government is on the outs with the U.S. Eastern Europe is on the outs. Israel is on the outs. Honduras is on the outs. A trade war is brewing with China. If anything, despite media spin, America’s diplomatic position globally is much worse than it was before. And we’re running out of allies to sell out real fast.
And what if anything has Obama gained for the U.S. from all this? Absolutely nothing. Not one damn thing. Now that’s some diplomacy.
Daniel Greenfield is a New York City-based writer and freelance commentator with a special focus on the War on Terror and the rising threat to Western Civilization. Mr. Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He maintains a blog and is a contributor to