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“...The United States remains committed to effective arms control that advances U.S., allied, and partner security; is verifiable and enforceable; and includes partners that comply responsibly with their obligations...”- @SecPompeo #INFTreaty
“... The United States has gone to tremendous lengths to preserve the #INFTreaty, engaging with Russian officials more than 30 times in nearly six years to discuss #Russia’s violation, including at the highest levels of government...”
“... Despite our efforts, Russia continues to deny that its noncompliant missile system – the SSC-8 or 9M729 – violates the Treaty...”
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And here's one *more* thought on #INFTreaty. Even if the Russians built 1000 theater nukes tomorrow, I wouldn't advocate countering them. This isn't 1965, and we're not trying to stop them from going to the Rhine or the Channel. They're screwing *themselves* going that road. /1
People can't internalize that *NATO* is now the conventionally superior power. Yes, the Russians can grab some dirt and sit on it - until we make them go home. At that point, nuclear escalation is on *them*. The *last* thing you want is to invite a tactical or theater duel. /2
NATO had a "first use" policy because *we* were the inferior power before the 90s. If the Russians tomorrow said "Don't push us out of Estonia or we'll nuke Tallinn or Warsaw," who really thinks that "we can nuke a base near Smolensk" isn't going to turn into WWIII? /3
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@realDonaldTrump @parscale @POTUSPress @POTUS @WhiteHouse

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While Russia needs to be held accountable, withdrawal from the #INFTreaty will have significant consequences for international security and geopolitics.
The full implications of taking this step at this time ought to be fully considered, including with Congress, beforehand.
The #INF Treaty covers ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles.
With its large territory in the middle of Eurasian landmass, such missiles let #Russia range targets throughout #Europe, #MiddleEast and #Asia.
For example, here's the coverage of SS-20s Moscow deployed in 1986:
Thus, the INF Treaty deprives Russia of a significant military capability, for which its size and location are strategic advantages.
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Faced w/ an economy on the brink of implosion, #China’s #XiJinping‘ll probably have no choice but to switch to belligerency to rally domestic support. I fear even luminaries like @MikePillsbury misunderstand the situation. #Beijing’s empty trade promises are a stalling tactic…
… to give the #PLA time to prep for a new #ColdWar. The correct COA right now is to aggressively pursue a strongpoint containment strategy vs. #China while giving support to the people of #Tibet, #EastTurkistan, #InnerMongolia, #Manchuria, #HongKong, & #Taiwan, & while seeking…
… détente &, eventually, rapprochement (w/in limits) w/ #Russia (provided that #Moscow addresses certain high-ticket items, like its #INFTreaty violations). This misguided 3-month #TradeWar “truce” is a reprieve #China‘s using to strengthen & ready itself. A strategic mistake.
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#Russia is absolutely violating the #INFTreaty. If @RusEmbUSA is counting on the @StateDept to not provide evidence on this one, I bet they’re going to be very disappointed. But the real issue is #China… who isn’t a party to the treaty & who must be included in any new one.
… moreover, #Putin is a bonafide expert on missiles (& on #MissileDefense). If you speak Russian, this video shows him demonstrating his expert-level knowledge of these systems, particularly on #Romania’s #NATO Missile Defense System, a #Bush/#Obama plan.
… the truth is that #Russia’s flagrant violations of the #INFTreaty are a response to our #MissileDefense plans… which of course will only make use pursue such defenses even faster, & so on. Here’s another video where he threatens “retaliation.”
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I'm here in Brussels with @SecPompeo & I'm here to tell you that he gave the closest thing to a #MAGA speech to the European diplomat corps. It was very good. He said: "We won the Cold War. We won the peace. This is the type of leadership that Prez Trump is boldly reasserting."
Then @SecPompeo said: "The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are. The more bureaucrats we have, the better the job gets done. Was that ever really true?" That's the most insulting thing you can say in Brussels - where even the graffiti says "Vive les taxes!"
He added: "Brexit if nothing else was a political wake up call. Is the EU ensuring that the interests of countries & their citizens are placed before those of bureaucrats here in Brussels?" @SecPompeo was being blunt: the EU will either reform itself or be swept away.
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How's the Kremlin reacting to Trump's foolish withdrawal from the #INFTreaty? Three of Russia's sharpest strategic minds--Andrei Kortunov, @DmitriTrenin & Alexei Arbatov weigh in…,…,…
Kortunov: "[R]emoving the centrality of strategic arms control not only deprives the U.S.-Russia relationship of its special status in global politics, but also drastically reduces both countries’ importance to one another." 2/
Kortunov: "If the U.S. and Russia are no longer willing to give up 1 or 2 types of delivery vehicles, what can they rightfully ask of other members of the int'l community? It is quite possible that the next nuclear nonproliferation Review Conference will also be the last one." 3/
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