Senator John McCain Goes Along With President Obama’s Position on Missile Defense

July 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Riki Ellison, President and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org points out to the membership of MDAA that Senator John McCain is now going along with President Obama’s position on the nation’s missile defense program. This position is in contrast to Senator McCain’s remarks on missile defense during the Presidential campaign. Ellison’s remarks are as follows:

“The former Republican nominee for President, current U.S. Senator from Arizona, and minority Ranking Member on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain has chosen in his current position not to challenge President Obama and this administration on their reduction of funding and deployment of missile defense, as he clearly stated and advocated for missile defense while debating President Obama in front of the American public.”

Senator McCain’s presidential campaign statement is as follows:

“John McCain strongly supports the development and deployment of theater and national missile defenses. Effective missile defenses are critical to protect America from rogue regimes like North Korea that possess the capability to target America with intercontinental ballistic missiles, from outlaw states like Iran that threaten American forces and American allies with ballistic missiles, and to hedge against potential threats from possible strategic competitors like Russia and China. Effective missile defenses are also necessary to allow American military forces to operate overseas without being deterred by the threat of missile attack from a regional adversary.”

Senator McCain also stated in a 2007 Republican Presidential debate:

“And the first thing I would do is make sure that we have a missile defense system in place in Czechoslovakia and Poland, and I don’t care what his objections are to it.”

Senator McCain, while recently in Tokyo, gave the following remarks regarding the April North Korean missile test:

“I believe there is no more compelling argument for missile defense capability than what just happened with the North Korean launch.”

Ellison explains that “The United States Senate Armed Services Committee, which authorizes the policies and the expenditures of all U.S. military programs, and is chaired by Senator Carl Levin (MI) and co-chaired by Senator McCain, did not authorize, add amendments, nor bring to a public vote by the whole committee, subcommittee or to the floor of the U.S. Senate any requests to challenge President Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gate’s position to reduce our nation’s only proven long-range missile defense that protects our country from North Korea and from Iran by 32.5 percent as well as an overall reduction of $1.2 billion dollars on missile defense spending.”

“In the current world situation where our people and nation have been directly threatened by long-range ballistic missiles tests from North Korea who demonstrated their second nuclear weapon detonation this year. Furthermore, Iran’s continued advancement in ballistic missiles and determination to develop a nuclear weapon is unabated. It is a failure of our American democracy that reflects the American public through the U.S. Senate whose job it is to provide checks and balances on the President of the United States, that not one public vote to support or to challenge the missile defense budget cuts was made by this committee and Senator McCain who campaigned in support of missile defense.”

“There is something troubling to not have an issue of this magnitude be challenged and brought up in the public light and held accountable by the American public in the United States Senate.”

“In summary, we feel that Senator John McCain should have been more vocal and led votes and amendments in support of missile defense in alignment with his own words and statements.

Riki Ellison is available for on-the-record interviews. Call Mike Terrill at 602-885-1955 to arrange.

SOURCE Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance

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