Predictably, the minute President Obama announces a policy shift from the Bush Administration, NeoCons reflexively denounce Obama using the tried and true tactic of lying and altering history. Last night on Real Time with Bill Maher was no exception as Matthew Continetti, (a new face/stand-in for Bill Kristol, also of the Weekly Standard) made the unrebutted assertion that Poland and the Czech Republic wanted the “Missile Shield” that Obama recently discontinued. Did they really?
Not quite, according to an excellent article written in the Spring of 2008:
Concerned that hosting a US missile base will put them on the frontline of a new confrontation with Russia, the majority of Poles now oppose siting the interceptors in their country.
The same was true of the Czech Republic. However, as long as Bush was willing to pay any price, their governments were willing to go along with the deal, even though it was causing great divisions amongst NATO allies.
As late as August of 2008, the BBC reported,
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has signed an agreement with the Czech government to build the radar station at Brdy, south-west of Prague, but this has to be ratified by parliament.
The Czech government will need the support of some opposition parties to see the measure through. Meanwhile, there is significant public resistance to the plan, with 100,000 people signing a petition calling for a referendum on the issue. Opinion polls indicate that about two-thirds of Czechs do not want the project to go ahead.
Once again, a NeoCon makes a point by lying about the facts. That he went unchallenged on his assertion is regrettable, but understandable. One cannot possibly have enough documentary evidence readily on hand to instantly disprove every lie the NeoCons make; there’s just too many lies, and it’s too easy to lie, forcing the opposition to take time to research the truth. Meanwhile, the lie is out there, and a third of the population believes the lie, regardless.