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Trump Abandons Nuclear Forces Treaty With Russia

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared in front of cameras this morning where he announced that the United States is withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty that was first signed by Republican saint Ronald Reagan in 1987.

The White House also issued a statement that said the United States will start developing new weapons that would have been prohibited under the treaty.

“For too long,” Trump said in a written statement issued by the White House, Russia has violated the treaty “with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.” [...]

Trump said that on Saturday the U.S. will “suspend its obligations” under the treaty, meaning it will be freed from its constraints, including the testing and deployment of missiles banned by the pact. At the same time, the U.S. will begin withdrawing from the treaty, which will be effective in six months, he said.

It may be true that Russia has been violating the treaty, but it's also true that Trump could make us the bad guys by pulling out of the treaty first. And this is not happening in a vacuum.

Although Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats just told Congress that Iran is not currently developing nuclear weapons, what credibility do we have to tell them that they can't while we're withdrawing from the nuclear forces treaty?

Does the Trump regime believe the North Koreans will not point toward this decision and use it to justify their own nuclear weapons program?

Trump is opening the doorway to proliferation. The next nation or regime that seeks to develop nuclear weapons will so in a world with fewer constraints.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump has an irrational hatred of treaties. I suppose it arises from his purely transactional worldview (coupled with his distaste for restrictions on his own actions), but that’s more a description than an explanation.

    What I don’t understand is why Rs aren’t pushing back on this nonsense. Do they think they’ll be at the top of the food chain after the bombs drop, enjoying big and succulent cockroaches, while those who voted D will have to make do with earwigs and silverfish? (Hint for any congressional R seeing this: there is no such thing as a top of the food chain after a nuclear war.)

    The sooner Trump is gone from the White House, the better.

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    For the kids playing at home, if you were born after The Cold War you now get to experience what it was like living with mutually assured destruction. Only this time we have a willfully ignorant president that doesn’t like to read and takes cues from the bright lights at FOX “News”.

  • katanahamon

    Why are we allowing a suspected criminal to have any influence on our foreign or even domestic policy? How many people surrounding Rump have to be indicted or carted off to the big house for suspicion to fall on him? We know Rump has some sort of deal going with Putin..perhaps this is exactly what Putin wants. As long as we allow unsupervised, unrecorded or even undocumented meetings to occur, we can’t prove Rump isn’t doing his master’s bidding. Wake the eff up, America.

  • David Greenberg

    For too long,” Trump said in a written statement issued by the White House, Russia has violated the treaty “with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.” […]

    Really, I wasn’t aware that we had any allies left, particularly that the the right wing gives a shit about. On the other hand our russian “allies” will probably be thrilled by this. When the whole story comes out I hope trump will be hung by his balls, although I doubt there is a rope strong enough to support his fat ass.

  • simpfan

    Even for this administration, the logic here is incredibly stupid. “You’re violating the treaty? Well, we’ll show you by completly blowing up the treaty!”