COMMENTARY | According to an article by James Woolsey and Rebeccah Heinrichs in Foreign Policy, the Obama administration is anxious to share with Russia some of the most sensitive missile defense secrets in the possession of the United States military.
Apparently this sharing of technology secrets will be part of a new missile defense agreement with Russia, designed to buy the Moscow government’s confidence and friendship. Considering Russia’s record of aggressive behavior and their sharing of nuclear and military technology with Iran, one might be forgiven for considering that there is only one word for this policy.
That word is appeasement.
Congress appears ready to try to restrict the ability of the Obama administration to share sensitive military technology with Russia. However, the Obama administration is so adamant that such technology will be shared, that it has issued a veto threat if the Department of Defense appropriations bill contains any restrictions on what it can and cannot share.
The administration is also considering giving Russia a “red button” authority that would, in effect, prevent the interception of a missile headed to a target in the United States or in the territory of one of its allies. That means that Russia or another enemy, such as Iran, could attack the United States or an ally at will, no matter how effective missiles defenses are.
The danger that such a decision would place the national security of the United States should be patently obvious. Indeed, word of these deliberations caused Sarah Palin to opine on her Facebook page that this constituted another “WTF moment.”
Appeasement is a standard behavior for weak rulers who think that enemies can be bought off. Jimmy Carter tried it in the 1970s with disastrous results. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain tried it with Hitler and caused World War II to break out in Europe.
It has apparently not occurred to the men in the White House that having gotten missile defense secrets, Russia would gleefully share them with Iran so that it can design its missile systems with a view of penetrating defense shields. Nor it seems to have occurred to President Obama that Russia might use its “red button” authority to neutralize missile defenses in Eastern Europe built by the United States or even missile defenses in the American homeland.
That Obama and his advisers think this kind of technology and authority sharing are good ideas is inexplicable. It seems insane that they would think it would pass political muster. This development is another reminder that the president does not take his duty to protect the United States seriously at all.
Sources: Giving Away the Farm, James Woosley and Rebeccah Heinrichs, Foreign Policy, June 7, 2011
Another “WTF” Obama Foreign Policy Moment, Sarah Palin, Palin Facebook, June 9, 2011