by Jason Rosenberg, Sat Sep 19, 2009 at 04:21:05 PM EDT
Last week, President Obama announced that the United States will scrap plans to house missiles shielding American allies like the Czech Republic, Poland and American bases in Europe from threats from Iran and other adversaries.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) issued the following statement:
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) made the following statement today on the Administration's decision to cancel plans to build a missile-defense system in Eastern Europe:
"I am disappointed with the Administration's decision to cancel plans to develop missile defenses in Eastern Europe. This decision calls into question the security and diplomatic commitments the United States has made to Poland and the Czech Republic, and has the potential to undermine perceived American leadership in Eastern Europe. Given the strong and enduring relationships we have forged with the region's nations since the end of the Cold War, we should not, I believe, take steps backward in strengthening these ties. Yet I fear the Administration's decision will do just that, and at a time when Eastern European nations are increasingly wary of renewed Russian adventurism.
"Given the serious and growing threats posed by Iran's missile and nuclear programs, now is the time when we should look to strengthen our defenses, and those of our allies. Missile defense in Europe has been a key component of this approach. I believe the decision to abandon it unilaterally is seriously misguided."