Obama to Scrap European Missile Shield Plan
The headline is misleading, because the plan is not being scrapped entirely, just altered.
President Obama said Thursday that he is abandoning Bush-era plans for a land based/ long-range missile defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic
Opting instead for shorter range land- and sea-based system of sensors and interceptors.
They are most definitely not scrapping missile defence, as made clear by Robert Gates in this statement-
"Those who say we are scrapping missile defense in Europe are either misinformed or misrepresenting the reality of what we are doing," Gates said. "The security of Europe has been a vital national interest of the United States for my entire career. The circumstances, borders and threats may have changed, but that commitment continues."