WHAT HATH BARACK WROUGHT? – AT 7:48 P.M. ET: Leave it to the European left to mess things up royally, and attribute its thinking to Obama:
Strasbourg - NATO's tactical nuclear weapons in Europe are a 'strategic anachronism' that needs to be gradually eliminated in cooperation with Russia, the European Parliament said in a resolution approved Wednesday.
Unbelievable. They must be dancing in the ministries in Tehran tonight. Iran is testing missiles capable of hitting Europe, and developing nuclear warheads, and look what Europe is thinking. These are the old socialists at work.
The move follows on from the letter sent in February by the foreign ministers of Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Norway to NATO's secretary general, asking for a review of the defence alliance's nuclear policy at an upcoming summit in April.
In a resolution approved in Strasbourg, France, members of the parliament (MEPs) 'drew attention to the strategic anachronism of tactical nuclear weapons and the need for Europe to contribute to their reduction and to eliminate them from European soil in the context of a broader dialogue with Russia.'
Nothing like a little unbiased reporting. Europe is under great threat, but doesn't seem to want to realize it. And the "dialogue" with Russia is a joke. The Russians will "dialogue" when it benefits them.
You kind of wonder whether foreign ministries keep hiring the same kind of people over and over. European diplomacy still has that 1930s ring, doesn't it?
They also stressed that withdrawal of European tactical warheads could contribute to the vision of a 'world without nuclear weapons,' expressed last year in Prague by United States President Barack Obama, during his first trip to Europe.
The parliament's initiative - which has no legally binding value - was welcomed by the leader of the social-democratic grouping.
'President Obama has created the opportunity to move closer to a nuclear-free world. We expect EU ministers to support this commitment and to propose an ambitious timetable for achieving it,' Martin Schulz said.
COMMENT: Barack, you've done it again. You've inspired the world...at least that part of the world that was also inspired by the 1960s, the North Vietnamese, George McGovern, and Yassir Arafat.
If I were a sane European, and there are some, I'd want those tac nukes kept just where they are until all nuclear threats to the continent are neutralized. And that could take a long time.
March 10, 2010