Russia threatened on Wednesday to deploy missiles to target the U.S. missile shield in Europe if Washington fails to assuage Moscow’s concerns about its plans, a harsh warning that reflected deep cracks in U.S.-Russian ties despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to “reset” relations with the Kremlin.
President Dmitry Medvedev said he still hopes for a deal with the U.S. on missile defense, but he strongly accused Washington and its NATO allies of ignoring Russia’s worries. He said Russia will have to take military countermeasures if the U.S. continues to build the shield without legal guarantees that it will not be aimed against Russia.
In response, President Obama decided it would be best if America simply shared secrets about the missile tech so the Russians would see it’s limitations, as long as they promise not to go sharing those secrets with anyone.
Officials from the State Department and Missile Defense Agency have discussed the idea of providing the SM-3 data to the Russians as part of the so-far fruitless missile-defense talks with Moscow, headed in part of by Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher, who defense officials say is a critic of U.S. missile defenses.
Their thinking is that if the Russians know the technical data, it will help allay Moscow’s fears that the planned missile defenses in Europe would be used against Russian ICBMs. Officials said current SM-3s are not fast enough to catch long-range Russian missiles, but a future variant may have some anti-ICBM capabilities.
The president also must certify to Congress that Russia will not share the secrets with other states and that it will not help Russia “to develop countermeasures” to U.S. defenses.
Great. A “promise” with a Russian head of state. What’s that worth these days?
So, just to recap, after trying to reset relations with the
USSR Russians, the smartest president in the history of carbon has decided it might be best to surrender missile secrets to our one time enemy after they threatened to target our military for destruction, but only as long as they don’t go sharing those secrets with anyone else.
Sounds like nothing has changed in the Democrat’s Guide to Foreign Policy.