[International Herald Tribune, France]



Financial Times Deutschland, Germany

Editorials on the Missile Shield: 'Time for Confrontation is Over'


"We can only hope that his strategic U-turn will bring about the intended positive consequences. Otherwise, the situation Obama confronts in the U.S. as well as the wider world will become so problematic that the Bush Mafia may regain the upper hand in Washington."


-- EDITORIAL, Fuldaer Zeitung




Translated By Ulf Behncke


September 19, 2009


Germany - Financial Times Deutschland - Original Article (German)

Leipziger Volkszeitung


“With the reversal of his predecessor's policy of strength, U.S. President Obama has put on record a cost-benefit analysis which says: The time of confrontation with Russia is over; the U.S. draws no benefit from threats. Of course, Obama's abandonment of the plan shows neither weakness nor rejection of the declared purpose of preventing Iran's ascent as a nuclear power. On the contrary: Those who want to have an influence on Iran’s nuclear plans must take national interests into account - so Obama must refrain from alienating its close ally, Russia. Even Obama's goal of a nuclear-free world cannot be achieved without disarmament. Up to now the U.S. defense system has instead worked as a catalyst to the expansion of the nuclear potential of Iran and North Korea.



Schwäbische Zeitung (Leutkirch)


In the Oval office recently, there has sat a “Mr. President” capable of sympathizing with what others have to say. Obama has understood the fears that the proposed missile shield has triggered in Russia: Just another attempt by the U.S. to encircle its former opponents. He has taken these concerns seriously. For now he's putting all of his cards on diplomacy. Bush's old plan didn't grasp this concept.


Nordwest-Zeitung (Oldenburg)  


"The relief is palpable everywhere, in Berlin no less than Brussels, Moscow and Washington. The announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama, to dispense with the missile shield planned by his predecessor George W. Bush, provides new opportunities for diplomacy. And Barack Obama's about-face provides yet another chance: to enter into serious disarmament talks. The U.S. President has already announced this vision in numerous speeches. Concrete talks can now follow. The nuclear arsenal held by the superpowers is, based on recent estimates, capable of laying waste to the planet at least 10 times over. To contain this madness, even just a bit, would indeed be a historic act.



Berliner Morgenpost  


“Obama has gained new room to negotiate. With regard to Iran, he has shown some good will. In addition, he the U.S. president has effectively eased tense relations with Moscow. And to top it off, Obama has even managed to make some headway domestically. So, winners all around? Not quite. The governments in Warsaw and Prague, which sought to impose deployment of the shield against fierce domestic opposition, now feel duped by Obama. Their confidence in America's reliability hasn't

exactly been strengthened. This could backfire if the U.S. announces in 2015 that it wants to install a whole new missile system in Poland and the Czech Republic.


Frankfurter Rundschau  


Russia is a partner of the United States - one which the latter cannot shake off. By the end of the year, if they want to avoid yet another arms race, both must agree to extend complex talks on a new START disarmament treaty. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has named his price, which is: the surrender of the U.S. missile shield in question and a gradual return to a minimum level of mutual trust. The [now scrapped] ABM Treaty contained precise language calling for the abandonment of all missile defense systems. Iran can, despite appearances, be considered a "minor league" issue in this light. … The anti-missile surrender is not just a tactical move. … It signals a sea change. Leaders in Moscow should not succumb to the illusion that it was their own firm stance that resulted in this. But Europeans have reason to hope that Washington's current understanding of its global responsibility will persist.



Sächsische Zeitung (Dresden)  


"The missile shield provoked not only verbal resistance, but military countermeasures. The experience of the Cold War taught us that under such circumstances, arms races that are difficult to stop gather momentum. Obama's restraint demonstrates his commitment to put relations with Russia back on a rational footing. Moscow would be well advised not to celebrate the change of course in the White House as a triumph. After all, global security is still under threat - not only from the nuclear ambitions of politically unpredictable regimes. The United States and Russia should seek appropriate responses together.”


Fuldaer Zeitung  


"From a diplomatic point of view, Obama's move must be welcomed. He has opened the door for more relaxed and normal relations with the Russians. Now we can only hope that his strategic U-turn will bring about the intended positive consequences. Otherwise, the situation Obama confronts in the U.S. as well as the wider world will become so problematic that the Bush Mafia may regain the upper hand in Washington."


               Stuttgarter Zeitung  


“As is obvious by the disappointment shown in Prague and Warsaw to abandoning plans for the missile shield, this was less about Iran and more about Russia: Poland and the Czech Republic had sought the privileged protection of the U.S. against the old hegemonic power. As if Russia was still a military threat in this day and age! Eastern Europe, historically caught between the powers of Germany and Russia, has always found it difficult to live in the here and now. Given the disastrous past, this is understandable. But such shadows mustn't be allowed to disturb rational dealings with one another.


Westdeutsche Zeitung (Düsseldorf)


“That Obama has buried a pet project of his predecessor Bush - the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic - is not only a wise decision. It is also fully in line with the interests of the United States. One might be suspicious of the argument that the Iranian threat is less that previously thought. But believe it or not, the abandonment of this weapons system is primarily a signal to Moscow that Washington takes Russian security interests seriously."




Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia: Should Russia Praise or 'Curse Those Treacherous Yankees'?  

Gazeta, Russia: After the Shield: Time for Kremlin to Bring Itself to Reciprocate

Novosti, Russia: Iran Can't Be 'Swapped' for Halt to U.S. Missile Defense  

Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Russia: Medvedev 'Confesses' His Plans Differ from Putin's    

Rzeczpospolita, Poland: Obama's Russia 'Gambit'

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland: Obama's Lesson: Poland Can't Count on the United States

Rzeczpospolita, Poland: Banish All 'Magical Thinking' Regarding the Russian Bear

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland: Missile Shield Talks: How the Bush Team Lost Poland

Sydsvenskan, Sweden: Obama's Anti-Missile Gambit Pursued for the Greater Good

Le Monde, France: Obama's Missile Policy Change a Shrewd Gambit

Der Spiegel, Germany : 'Russian Euphoria' at Obama's Decision To Shelve Missile Shield

The Times, U.K.: 'Dismay in Europe' as Obama Ditches Missile Shield

Novosti, Russia: Russia's NATO Envoy Warns Against 'Childish Euphoria' Over Shield


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