Much has been made recently of a private conversation President Obama had with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Apparently Obama offered some compromise on our European missile defense system in exchange for a reduction in nuclear weapons.
Obviously the president would have preferred for this private conversation to have been kept private but the implications that Obama is sacrificing our security are vastly overstated. In test after test, missile defense systems have failed to do the job they were designed to do while costing taxpayers billions.
If Obama was a businessman he would be hailed as a genius for giving away a program that doesn’t even work in exchange for something that is valuable to his company.
We are no longer in a cold war and even if a missile defense system worked, times have changed and our technology and tactics need to change with it. But to conservatives, no defense boondoggle is too expensive, and this president, no matter how far to the right he moves, will never be viewed as a success.