Obama claims NATO supports missle defense system

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, reaches over to shake hands with British Prime Minister David Cameron at a round table meeting of the North Atlantic Council during a NATO summit in Lisbon on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. Back on the world stage for crucial talks, President Barack Obama on Friday quickly encountered European leaders willing to question a president weakened at home and rebuffed abroad. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

President Barack Obama announced Friday that NATO has agreed to his plans for a new, expanded missile defense system for Europe that would cover all NATO member countries and the United states.

The U.S. has a missile defense system based mainly in North America, and is planning one for its European allies.

“For the first time, we’ve agreed to develop a missile defense capability that is strong enough to cover all NATO European territory and populations as well as the United States,” Obama said.

NATO’s acceptance of the missile-shield plan was a bright spot for a president who has suffered setbacks in elections at home and in diplomacy on the world stage in the past few weeks.

On a recent swing through Asia, Obama failed to sign a free-trade deal with South Korea and couldn’t muster enough support from other nations for his opposition to China’s handling of its currency.

The missile shield, Obama said, “offers a role for all of our allies, it responds to the threats of our times. It shows our determination to protect our citizens from the threat of ballistic missiles.”

“An attack on one NATO member is an attack on all,” he said.

The expanded anti-missile system is expected to cost $273 million over the next decade, according to NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who also is seeking Russian cooperation on the project.

NATO leaders have refused to name any potential enemy, but in the past officials have publicly singled out Iran. Turkey, an alliance member with close ties to Iran, has refused to allow NATO to identify Iran as a threat.

Obama spoke between meetings on the summit’s opening day and declared that “substantial progress” had been made.

The summit’s focus will shift Saturday to the war effort in Afghanistan.

NATO aims to begin reducing its troop presence in Afghanistan next July, and put Afghans in charge of their country’s security by 2014, a top alliance official said Friday.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press

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One Response to "Obama claims NATO supports missle defense system"

  1. Carl Nemo  November 19, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    What a tragedy. No doubt trillions wll be wasted building this shield. If a major nuclear war breaks out there’s no way that this gimmick will stop all incoming MIRV’d warheads. MIRV stands for multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles. These type of delivery systems are far more effective than a single warhead launched missile. Even if a fraction get through it will still spell Armageddon for most major cities in the northern hemisphere.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_independently_targetable_reentry_vehicle

    Russia and China both have this capability and have had so for quite some time, China most recently with the help of Bill Clinton & Co. via the “Chinagate” scandal. Russia’s MIRV’d warheads have a greater combined “throw weight” than ours.

    The only types of missiles that this system would be effective against would be that of a single warhead design that might be launched by an upstart nation such as Iran or things going awry in Pakistan, India etc. It would be foolish for any of these nations to launch a single weapon on Europe, the Middle East or Israel due to the fact the payback would be dear, so it would be a Pyrrhic ‘victory’ for the aggressor.

    To me this missile defense scam is nothing, but a scheme for the MIC to further enrich themselves while selling ‘snake oil’ protection to NATO affiliates.

    Due to the fragile economies and banking systems of the European ‘Union’ and the United States I don’t see this coming to fruition. The construction may commence, but will be abandoned before completion due to unforseen crises of monumental planetary proportions.

    So we have meetings on arms control which are nothing but a sham while our ‘dear leader’ is running about acting as the MIC’s premier “killtoy” salesman. What a waste. : |

    Carl Nemo **==

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