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S.C. SenatorS' Reaction

"President Obama's decision to abandon critical missile defense systems raises grave concerns. Our top priority must be the security of America and our allies, not the appeasement of Moscow and Tehran. Breaking our word to friends in Poland and the Czech Republic in exchange for the supposed good will of Vladimir Putin is naive and sets a dangerous precedent. This action and others have signaled weakness to our friends and enemies."

- U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, R-S.C., member of the Foreign Relations Committee

"President Obama's decision to abandon the missile defense shield is a strategic mistake. The missile defense program is directed at dealing with a rogue missile attack from the Middle East, particularly Iran. A rogue missile attack into Europe puts American service men and women, and our European allies, at risk. Scrapping this program makes it easier for extremists in the Middle East to hold portions of the world hostage. President Obama's decision also emboldens Russia and pulls the rug out from under our Polish and Czech Republic allies. They may try to call this hitting the reset button on our relationship with Russia. It looks more like retreat. The Russians will take our actions not as a sign of goodwill, but weakness."

- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.