UNBELIEVABLE – AT 8:25 A.M. ET: No introduction required. Just read this, written by ace national-defense reporter Bill Gertz, in the Washington Times:
President Obama signaled Congress this week that he is prepared to share U.S. missile defense secrets with Russia.
In the president’s signing statement issued Saturday in passing into law the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, Mr. Obama said restrictions aimed at protecting top-secret technical data on U.S. Standard Missile-3 velocity burnout parameters might impinge on his constitutional foreign policy authority.
As first disclosed in this space several weeks ago, U.S. officials are planning to provide Moscow with the SM-3 data, despite reservations from security officials who say that doing so could compromise the effectiveness of the system by allowing Russian weapons technicians to counter the missile. The weapons are considered some of the most effective high-speed interceptors in the U.S. missile defense arsenal.
There are also concerns that Russia could share the secret data with China and rogue states such as Iran and North Korea to help their missile programs defeat U.S. missile defenses.
Officials from the State Department and Missile Defense Agency have discussed the idea of providing the SM-3 data to the Russians as part of the so-far fruitless missile-defense talks with Moscow, headed in part by Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher, who defense officials say is a critic of U.S. missile defenses.
COMMENT: What can one say? The secretary of state is Hillary Clinton. Under her husband's checkered administration, the United States permitted the transfer of sensitive technical data to China. That whole episode has been buried by an obliging media.
Now we do it again. Apparently, our State Department hasn't noticed that Russia is being Russia again, openly hostile to the United States, and playing us like a violin.
This is what we have to look forward to if Obama is reelected.
January 5, 2012