NATO Activates BMD Facility in Bucharest

January 26, 2016

Towards the end of December, the U.S. inaugurated a new Ballistic Missile Defense system in Romania under the auspices of NATO.

At the ceremony the AEGIS Ashore system in Deveselu military base was advertised by NATO's Patrick Auroy as a defensive weapon. Turning truth on it's head, Patrick Auroy went on to say that a ballistic missile program in Eastern Europe is "neither designed nor directed against Russia." He also characterized Russia's objections to the placement of ballistic missile silos near its borders as "threatening statements" which "do not help to build trust or lower tensions."

Even though the U.S. government advertises its ballistic missile program as a "defensive" program aimed at "shielding the U.S. from nuclear attack," it is, in reality, an offensive weapons system and a key component in Obama's program of further militarizing the world. The ballistic missile program is designed:

1) to be deployed in various "regional military theaters" including Europe, the Middle East and the Korean peninsula in order to insure U.S. military superiority. The U.S. and Israeli governments have already deployed short-range ballistic missiles in order to strengthen U.S.-Israeli military dominance.

2) as a first-strike weapon which can wipe out the strategic or short-range missiles of an adversary, thus destroying its deterrent force and leaving it defenseless. This greatly increases the threat and reality of a first-strike nuclear attack by the U.S.

The development of the BMD program reflects the extreme aggressiveness of U.S. imperialism in the present period.