Trump Officially Pulls U.S. out of INF Treaty

Back in October, Donald Trump said that he would be terminating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia, a treaty which has been in effect since the Cold War, and vowed to increase the U.S.'s nuclear capacity.

On Tuesday, I noted that the Trump administration had indeed begun production on a new low-yield nuclear weapon.

And today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from the INF Treaty, ostensibly because Russia is in violation of the treaty, though it's important to remember that the U.S. president and his cabinet are Kremlin proxies whose foreign policy decisions continually empower Vladimir Putin, and this is no different.

The White House issued a statement on the withdrawal, which reads in full:
For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad. Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty, which will be completed in 6 months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment. Our NATO Allies fully support us, because they understand the threat posed by Russia's violation and the risks to arms control posed by ignoring treaty violations.

The United States has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions. We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other. We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with NATO and our other allies and partners to deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct.

My Administration remains committed to effective arms control that advances United States, allied, and partner security, is verifiable and enforceable, and includes partners that fulfill their obligations. For arms control to effectively contribute to national security, all parties must faithfully implement their obligations. We stand ready to engage with Russia on arms control negotiations that meet these criteria, and, importantly, once that is done, develop, perhaps for the first time ever, an outstanding relationship on economic, trade, political, and military levels. This would be a fantastic thing for Russia and the United States, and would also be great for the world.
This is theater. NATO cannot possibly support this decision because our NATO allies surely understand that the current U.S. regime does not actually view Russia as an adversary, but instead an eager partner in helping Putin achieve his long-held objective of undermining NATO.

I am absolutely sick at the groundwork being laid here for the expansion of the Russian empire under Putin's direction, and I am incandescently angry that every single item about this in U.S. media won't be framed in the crucial context that the president who has ordered the nation's withdrawal from this treaty is a Russian asset.

Trump is not making this stark move to put pressure on Russia. He is doing it so that Russia can resume expansion of its nuclear arsenal. Because he is a puppet of Vladimir Putin.

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