The decision by U.S. President Barack Obama on Sept. 17 to scrap Bush-era plans for a missile defense system with elements in Poland and the Czech Republic was greeted with considerable fuss and fury in the two relevant countries, as well as among neo-cons in the United States itself. John Bolton, a fiery former Bush administration official, snarled that the decision represented "a concession to Russia for which the United States receives nothing in return." The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, said that it was "short-sighted and harmful to our long-term se...
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