Us Scraps Bush Missile Defense Shield In Eastern Europe

09.18.09 | FL News Team

The U.S. is scrapping a planned missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. President Obama said his administration will move forward with systems that are more flexible and cost-effective. The missile shield was a key priority of the previous Bush administration but strained U.S. relations with an angry Russia. Former President Bush argued the missile defense system was designed to guard against rogue nations like Iran, not Russia. President Obama has attempted to "reset" diplomatic relations with Russia and enlist Russian cooperation in dealing with thorny issues including Iran's nuclear efforts and the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Nonetheless, Obama insisted Russia's concerns about the Bush plan were unfounded. Bush's multiple billion dollar missile shield plans included interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar system in the Czech republic.