Friday, November 9, 2018
More headlines the hysterical response to the announcement that the USA will withdraw from the INF Treaty. In these cases the sources not Russian media.
1. "INF treaty: Russia 'will respond' to new US missiles in Europe"
"Russia denies building missiles that violate the deal"
"President Vladimir Putin has warned Russia will respond 'in kind' if new US nuclear missiles are placed in Europe."
2."Poll: Americans oppose Trump’s withdrawal from a US-Russia arms control deal"
"By a margin of 18 percentage points, most Americans would rather stay in the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia, according to a poll taken after news broke that the Trump administration is abandoning the accord"
3. "Trump’s latest blunder: Withdrawal from the US-Russian INF Treaty"
"It appears that President Donald Trump’s hard-line security advisor, John Bolton, has persuaded him to renounce the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987."
4. "Bolton: U.S. position 'is that Russia is in violation' of INF treaty"
"National Security adviser John Bolton spoke Oct. 23 in Moscow about the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia."
This all reminds me so much of the media frenzy and stir from almost forty years ago now. American Pershing II and ground-launched cruise missiles as deployed to Europe seen as threatening war. European based American intermediate-range missiles nuclear capable only as a response to the secret testing and deployment in great numbers of the Soviet era SS-20 missile.
I can also see where this is all going. Trump is mentally unstable and possibly even deranged. Trump is a warmonger. Trump cannot be trusted with his finger on the nuclear trigger. This is an escalation of hostilities and unwanted ill-will vis-a-vis the Russians. Etc.
All this because the Russian has secretly tested and deployed a ground-based missile of intermediate-range in violation of the existing INF treaty? Place blame where blame is due?
Again, cooler heads will prevail?