President Barack Obama has announced he is doing away with plans for a long-range missile defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic. And Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond isn’t too happy about that.
"It continues to baffle me why President Obama and the Democrats are not proponents of missile defense," said Missouri’s senior U.S. Senator in his weekly radio conference call with reporters. "Earlier this year, we heard Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tell our friends in Europe and the Middle East, ‘Don’t worry, we will maintain a missile defense shield.’ This is a purely defensive system that’s had multiple successful tests."
Bond fears abandoning the system will leave America and its friends at risk of being attacked by rogue nations developing nuclear missile capabilities.
"As Iran and North Korea continue to develop their (nuclear) programs in spite of international condemnation we must have a system in place to protect and defend our interests," said Bond.
Bond believes the move has President Obama cozying up to Russia.
"He does this by giving way to / and showing that the U.S. values dialogue with the cleptocracy/thugocracy in Russia and a dictatorship like Iran over steadfast support from democracies like the Czech Republic and Poland," said Bond.
The Obama Administration plans to replace the long-range missile defense system with a land-based and sea-based system of sensors and interceptors designed to stop short-range missiles.