Skip to comments.CNN Analyst Zakaria Backtracks on 'Fantasy' Eastern European Missile Defense Program
Posted on 03/04/2014 8:12:43 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Four years after CNN foreign policy analyst Fareed Zakaria praised President Barack Obama for scrapping the missile defense system in Eastern Europe, Zakaria swiftly backtracked on Sunday after top Ukrainian officials declared that Russia was invading the country.
Zakaria, the host of CNN's weekly Fareed Zakaria GPS program, said on his show that NATO should consider building a missile defense system in Eastern Europe that the Obama administration scrapped:
"Militarily there is less that can be done. After all, Russias military budget is about 18 times that of Ukraine. But NATO should restart talks on providing assurances to countries like Poland including perhaps building the missile defense system that was abandoned."
During Obama's first year in office, though, Zakaria had a different tone. He said that Obama did not cave on scrapping the missile defense system in Eastern Europe because Obama "traded the fantasy of the system with the reality of what it is."
"The president's reasons for shifting gears on the antiballistic missile systems for Poland and the Czech Republic are sound," Zakaria said in 2009. "Look at the facts. Since the 1980s, the United States has spent well over $150 billion on missile defense. That's more than the total cost of the Manhattan Project or the Apollo mission to the moon. Despite this, in 25 years, the program has not produced any workable weapon system, something unprecedented even in the annals of the Pentagon's bloated budgets."(continued)
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It’s a Democrat thingy.
The whole Eastern Europe needs a second amendment more than missles.
Indefensible: Obama abandons Eastern Europe, puts a smile on faces in Tehran and Moscow(2009)
Rule #465a: Never listen to foreign policy advice from anyone named Fareed Zakaria.
Ah, the 20/20 vision of hindsight.
Look in the dictionary under effing moron and you see a picture of Fareed Zakaria.
LOL! Very good advice!
When we withdrew that missile defense, we told Russia/Putin that they can do whatever they like.
They were only "sound" in that they won the moment for Democrats. They were not "sound" to anyone who saw the Big Picture in the Long Term.
“The reason I’m so flexible is I’m spineless.”
Had the system been installed, NATO radar tracking would have been able to track near anything in the skies over the region. The side benefit of the intercepts was the excellent tracking system.
Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.
Our military budget is probably several hundred times that of the Taliban. We're still fighting them, 12 years later, and getting weary of the casualties and the expense. If Ukraine doesn't want to fight, I understand. But it's not because of the disparity in military budgets.
Liberals see the world as they want it, not how it is. That’s what gets you killed.
Yep just 45 million guns, one for each Uke, would make a big difference.
the terrian and weather are easier to carry out a non stop gueriila war than ukraine
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