When U.S. President Barack Obama took office, he inherited a controversial plan from George W. Bush for a missile defense system in Europe, to be based in the Czech Republic and Poland. The idea was to counter a perceived threat to Europe posed by long-range missiles from Iran.
On Thursday, Obama announced that he is dropping that plan for eastern Europe. Instead, he said, the U.S. will develop an alternative plan to counter what is now perceived as the more immediate threat of short- and medium-range missiles from Iran.
Heather Conley, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former assistant secretary of state, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the motivations behind Obama’s decision and how it will be received in Europe.