Monday, September 21, 2009

Poles, Russkies, and Iran

Found the first article to fully lay out the relationship between the now-cancelled Polish ballistic missile defense (BMD) system, Russia, and Iran.

Given that even small numbers of missiles easily could overwhelm the system, the BMD system in no way directly affected Russian national security: The Russian strike capability — against both Poland and the continental United States — was not affected at all. Indeed, placing the system on ships is no less threatening than placing them on land. So, if it was the BMD system the Russians were upset with, they should be no less upset by the redeployment at sea. Yet Moscow is pleased by what has happened — which means the BMD system was not really the issue.

It's a little long, but well worth the read.

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