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When it comes down to it, then, Russia simply matters more to the U.S. than do Poland and the Czech Republic, despite Poland and the Czech Republic being friends and Russia not.

—  in the Atlantic

this is a fascinating article on the United States’ recent decision to scrap the star wars missile plan that would’ve put missile sites in Poland and a radar station, I think, in the Czech Republic. we’re deferring to Russia, to gain a harder line against Iran, at the expense of friendly democracies in eastern Europe.
that must’ve been some conversation they had at the state and defense departments they had about this situation.
I supported this decision. I still do, economically. but, I suppose an argument can be made about it being ethically questionable, in a geopolitical kind of way. assuming geopolitical ethics exist.