Today, the United States officially withdrew from the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, having given notice of its intentions on May 22, citing fictitious Russian "violations." In less than four years, Donald Trump and his unilateralist wrecking crew of an administration have abandoned ...
the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change, the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran nuclear deal), the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and the OST. And New START—the last treaty constraining US and Russian nuclear arsenals—expires on February 5, 2021.
In a final slap at the innovative, multilateral, functioning, confidence-building Open Skies Treaty, the Trump administration is taking steps to make it physically impossible for future administrations to participate in the agreement:
But, typically, they have no idea what they're doing and their actions, if carried out, will only result in a needless waste of US government resources:

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Tonight in 1975, the guided missile cruiser USS Belknap (CG-26) collided with the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) when the Belknap turned into the Kennedy's path in rough seas during night-flying exercises in the Mediterranean Sea about 70 miles east of Sicily.
The Kennedy's massive flight deck sliced into the Belknap's superstructure, severing a fuel line on the Kennedy and setting off multiple fires on the Belknap, which burned out of control for two-and-a-half hours and came within 40 feet of the Belknap's nuclear weapons magazine.
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