As expected, the Obama administration abandoned the missile defense in Eastern Europe. This is the right decision, although the announcement included a nod to missile defense proponents:

this new ballistic missile defense program will best address the threat posed by Iran's ongoing ballistic missile defense program

Well, it won't. I am reasonably certain that at some point that simple fact will sink in, although I realize that this will not happen before some serious money is spent and some serious political controversies generated. We've seen this missile defense movie before.

Still, the Obama administration should be given credit for the right decision made at the right time.