In his speech in Prague last week, Obama was essentially spitting in Europe's face. It's clear that the Americans have decided to give up on the goofy missile shield plans that were pushed forward by Bush. Rather than just announce that, though, they've decided to extract a few pounds of flesh in return for doing what they've already decided to do. So a new idea is floated : the missile shield stays as long as a missile threat from Iran remains. In other words, the Americans are now using it as a scam to get Russia and the EU to go along with their war-mongering on Iran.
It's a grotesque insult to Europe to even suggest that the preposterous missile shield project has anything to do with Iran. That was just the cover story used (ineffectually) to soothe Russia. No one in Europe ever had any doubt about who the missile shield was aimed at, as shown by the unseemly eagerness with which the braindead Poles rushed to embrace it after Russia's spat with Georgia last year. For Obama to tell Europeans with a straight face that the missile shield is aimed at Iran is a sign of the inherent contempt with which he views us.
Let's not forget how significant the missile shield issue is in certain parts of Europe. It was a causative factor in the recent collapse of the Czech government, for example. But rather than help his puppets out by announcing that the measure is being withdrawn, Obama is happy to dangle it for a bit longer, leaving his minions to stew in the juices of their own fecklessness.
The whole scenario is almost surreal. America has persuaded Europe to accept a thing it does not want, then offers to take it away if Europe will help it beat up some other hapless victim country. Imagine a local mafia capo persuaded you to accept a giant screen in your garden which had the effect of blocking out the sun. A bit later, he comes along again and offers to take it away if you'll help him assassinate a guy he doesn't like and steal all the stuff from his house. That's the position we're now in. The obvious question is why you agreed to install the thing in the first place.