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March 5, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Missile deal with Russia

Virtually screaming weakness

President Obama’s “secret” letter [“Obama offers missile deal to Russia in secret letter,” Nation & World, March 3] is amazing. Despite mouthing a contrary position, Obama is willing to trade defense of our European allies for help from a resurgent and aggressive Russia that is far from our friend.

Obama apparently needs this help because he is unwilling or afraid to deal with the near-term nuclear threats in Iran. Implied is also an unwillingness to “allow” Israel to take decisive action.

Believing that the missile shield was merely to protect Europe from Iran is beyond foolish. If that were so, the Russians wouldn’t care about it. But they do care and Obama is willing to trade this away because he can’t or won’t handle Iran.

This whole scenario virtually screams weakness.

Anyone who thinks that the Russians do not sense this, along with all of our enemies, is gravely — and I mean gravely — mistaken. Remember, the USSR put missiles in Cuba when it felt America had a weak and inexperienced new president. And, Kennedy didn’t wave a white flag beforehand as Obama has now done.

If Obama’s foreign policy is going to be defined by weakness, we can all count on many more threats from an encouraged set of enemies who are more than willing to help us with our self-emasculation.

— Ronald Riedasch, Anacortes

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