Trump Administration pulls out of nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

By |2019-02-01T07:51:21+00:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |10 Comments

If old Ron Reagan was not spinning in his grave before, he certainly is now. 

Courtesy of NYT:

The United States is suspending one of the last major nuclear arms control treaties with Russia after heated conversations between the two powers recently failed to resolve a long-running accusation that Moscow is violating the Reagan-era treaty.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision on Friday as the Trump administration maintained that the Russian government has been unwilling to admit that a missile it has deployed near European borders violates the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Mr. Pompeo and his deputies have insisted that Moscow destroy the missile. Instead, the government of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia counteraccused the United States of violating the treaty’s terms because of the way in which it has deployed launchers for antiballistic missile systems in Europe.

“Countries must be held accountable when they break the rules,” Mr. Pompeo told journalists at the State Department.

“Russia has jeopardized the United States’ security interests,” Mr. Pompeo said, “and we can no longer be restricted by the treaty while Russia shamelessly violates it.”

Now, of course, some Trump apologists are going to point to this as proof that Trump is no puppet of Vladimir Putin’s, but those people are idiots. 

This is EXACTLY what Putin wants to have happen as it frees him from constraints put on him by past Russian leaders, and offers the opportunity to engage in a faux cold war with America which elevates his standing in the world. 

It will also allow Trump to point to yet another potential threat and increase military spending which pleases his conservative supporters and military defense donors. 

Besides if you have one side or the other refusing to meet the conditions of a treaty you apply pressure to get them back to the negotiating table, you do NOT simply throw out the treaty.

I thought Trump was supposed to be good at making deals. 

The whole thing is a big distraction, and it allows Russia to continue its real assault on America’s cybersecurity while the world focuses on the building of new nuclear weapons that nobody has any intention of utilizing. 

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10 Comments

  1. Rolex February 1, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Too bad we have a Russian President and can’t trust or believe anything he says or does. Too bad we have to suspect he’s just being his traitorous self.

  2. Paul February 1, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Donnie Dotard has run out of Obama’s international agreements to cancel or gut, so now he has to turn to republican-era agreements. After all, since Dotard is the smartest president to ever live, any action he takes is surely superior to any actions his predecessors took.

  3. Anonymous February 1, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Putin told them and they did it. Let the evil man wars go forward.

  4. Anonymous February 1, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I think trump is going to get more desperate as we get closer to the Mueller report being finished. He is not going to go without a big scene and I just hope they have a failsafe procedure in place for the nuclear codes since I can see him pushing the button, if he goes, the rest of us go.

    Pulling out the treaty makes no sense, russia violated the treaty so instead of holding them accountable, they void the treaty.. how is that holding them accountable? OMG such morons, tell us again trump, how is it you are not working with the russians?

  5. Anonymous February 1, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/critics-say-us-withdrawal-from-inf-could-spark-a-new-arms-race-with-russia

    “Critics say U.S. withdrawal from INF could spark a new arms race with Russia”

  6. Georgeanne Wilcox February 2, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Guess we need to have the tv networks show The Day After again and scare the shit out of everyone. Reagan got to see an advanced copy and that is what prompted him accelerating the INF in the first place.

  7. anon February 2, 2019 at 7:26 am

    https://thinkprogress.org/russia-follows-trump-administrations-lead-pulls-out-of-nuclear-arms-treaty-ee5ec043bcb1/

    On Thursday, in response to reports that Trump would withdrawal from INF treaty, several senators, including Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), introduced the Prevention of Arms Race Act of 2019.

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