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Missile defense: Enabling Russia

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Sunday, May 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Ever deferential in foreign policy, the Obama administration verges on reckless, self-defeating idiocy by even discussing declassifying and sharing with Russia critical missile-defense data.

The Washington Free Beacon reports those Pentagon discussions are aimed at convincing Moscow that U.S. missile defense in Europe isn't intended for use against long-range Russian missiles that could target America. This administration, which disadvantaged America in its last nuclear arms deal with Russia, is so desperate to change Moscow's opposition to U.S. missile defense — and for more nuke cuts — that it would imperil U.S. security to achieve those goals.

The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency director said in congressional testimony this month that the administration hasn't asked him to declassify anything but has asked him about what is and isn't classified. He opposes sharing missile-defense data — including U.S. defensive missiles' “velocity burnout rate,” which an enemy with offensive missiles could use to defeat them.

Sharing such data with Russia is foolhardy on its face. And it would violate a 2011 administration agreement with Congress that requires a rigorous security review — and benefit for U.S. security — before declassifying velocity burnout data.

House and Senate Republicans hope to block such data-sharing with Russia. Thank goodness somebody in Washington still puts America's interests first.

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