Breaking the terms of a Cold War-era treaty, Russia launched a cruise missile. During the Reagan era, the Russians and Americans agreed to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, also known as the INF treaty. Moscow asserts that it is not in violation of the INF. But, this does bring up concerns for Sen. John McCain and Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis. The NATO is convening in Europe this Wednesday. America may need to exert its nuclear presence.
Without an adviser on national security, President Trump may be in a precarious situation. This is in addition to the fact that there are reports of a Russian ship patrolling the east coach of the United States. This is not the first time that Russia has broken this treaty. The New York Times has noted that there are “two battalions of the prohibited cruise missile.” The NY Times was first to report on this crisis.
Sen. Tom Cotton is urging the U.S. to respond in kind. If the Russians will not abide by the standards of Mikhail Gorbachev, then why should Americans stand by the standards of Ronald Reagan? These are dangerous assertions, according to John Tierney, who works in the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
Ending the Cold-War was a hallmark to the Reagan administration. The treat of its return, may create a strain on President Trump’s leadership. This upcoming NATO meeting may be the most important event this week.
Cover: AP/ Robert Burns