Foreign Policy

Trump Officially Abandons Nuclear Treaty With Russia

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime announced their intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia a long time ago, but now it's official.

Trump made the explicit decision to withdraw from the treaty and the Pentagon is preparing to test new weapons systems that were banned under it, but the Trump regime is still pointing fingers directly at Russia.

"Russia is solely responsible for the treaty's demise," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Friday announcing the US' formal withdrawal from the Cold-War era nuclear treaty.

Pompeo said, "Russia failed to return to full and verified compliance through the destruction of its noncompliant missile system."

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CNN's Hala Gorani that the treaty's end is a "serious setback."

Pompeo may be right and accusations that Russia has already violated the treaty are probably correct, but I would argue that it doesn't necessarily matter if that's true.

Even if that's true, Trump is still the one making the call to visibly and publicly abandon the treaty. And the Russians aren't the only ones watching.

Iran and North Korea are also watching as the Trump regime develops and tests new nuclear-capable weapons systems all while pressuring them to either abandon or never pursue (in the case of Iran) their own weapons programs.

From the Iran nuclear deal to the nuclear treaty with Russia -- we cannot expect to mount international pressure of any significance against our so-called enemies when Trump goes out of his way to isolate the United States before we've even had chance to engage our partners.

I suppose it would be nice if the world were capable of quickly reaching a consensus and declaring that the Russians are the bad guys, because they are, but the world is not that simple. It still matters that we're lowering ourselves to Russia's level. We're officially abandoning the high road.

The INF treaty was signed by the GOP's Saint Ronald Reagan in 1987.

  • Trump is a walking Id. He has no idea how to negotiate, think of others, or rein in his desires. The world will be lucky if we can survive Trump and Boris Johnson.

  • muselet

    The assessment that Russia had violated the INF Treaty is shared by the rest of NATO, which is why it’s so bloody stupid for Donald Trump to withdraw from the treaty without an explicit endorsement from NATO.

    BBC News:

    “This is serious,” [NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a July interview with the BBC]. “The INF treaty has been a cornerstone in arms control for decades, and now we see the demise of the treaty.”

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned that “an invaluable brake on nuclear war” is being lost.

    “This will likely heighten, not reduce, the threat posed by ballistic missiles,” he said, urging all parties to “seek agreement on a new common path for international arms control”.

    Analysts fear that the collapse of the historic agreement could lead to a new arms race between the US, Russia and China.

    “Now that the treaty is over, we will see the development and deployment of new weapons,” Pavel Felgenhauer, a Russian military analyst, told AFP news agency. “Russia is already ready.”

    But hey, let’s blow up the treaty and see what happens. What could go wrong?

    Once again, Trump is making the world a more dangerous place.

    –alopecia

  • fry1laurie

    And Putin wins again.

    • Badgerite

      Nobody really “wins” when it comes to nuclear weaponry. We almost lost the world over a computer glitch in the Soviet satellite monitoring system in 1983. Maybe that’s what sobbered Reagan up and led him to pursue nuclear arms negotiations. It certainly should have. How many times do we have to come close to losing the whole fffing God damned world before we stop doing this?