Obama in Prague Says US Will Place Missiles in Europe - to Stop Iran!
April 6, 2009 • 5:01PM

In a speech yesterday before 20,000 people in Prague's famous Hradcany Square, President Obama announced that the United States would in fact go forward with a missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland, a Bush era policy which Obama had previously indicated he would modify. In fact, after his bilateral meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev during the G20 summit, Medvedev had commented that Russia might not have to launch counter-measures against the planned U.S. system, because of the positive indications coming from Obama. There has been no official Russian response to Obama's remarks, as of this writing, but Lyndon LaRouche noted yesterday that Obama blew any agreement he may have thought he had made with the Russians, and that he was switching all the policies he had previously stated.

In what observers characterized as a meeting having "a campaign rally feel," Obama said:

"As long as the threat from Iran persists, we will go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven. Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the U.S., but to Iran's neighbors and our allies... If the Iranian threat is eliminated, we will have a stronger basis for security, and the driving force for missile defense construction in Europe will be removed."

Obama went on to hail the "courageous" Czech Republic and Poland for "agreeing to host a defense against these missiles."

The London Daily Telegraph chose to quote a Czech man-in-the- street saying: "He sounded like George W. Bush saying that we should be afraid in order to justify missile defense."

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi protested against Obama's "repetition of the past U.S. administration's accusations" against Iran, and said they are not building a bomb, and that Iran and North Korea's missile activities are not related