” Amid much speculation, the U.S. has officially withdrawn from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia. ” The reasons given are that a new Russian missile exceeds the limits of the treaty and Russia refuses to get rid of it, and is generally violating the treaty, and that China isn’t a party to the treaty at all, though this last is not focused on as a major point.
However, I see that as being THE major point. The Russians are no friends of China, they know that the Chinese want world domination the same as we all know it, and they share a long border with China. The new Russian missiles are more likely a Chinese deterrent than anything meant for us.
By remaining with that treaty, we prevent ourselves from advancing our own deterrent capability against the Chinese, while they’re hell bent for leather in their quest to advance their weaponry and are touting new missile technology in advance of ours and Russia’s.
Even though Russia is continually presented as being hostile to the United States, I fail to see much truth in that. We compete regarding oil and gas production and prices, but we compete with Saudi too and we call those despicable people our allies. We and Russia do things together, not the least being the International Space Station. The Russians took over the task of transporting personnel and supplies there when our shuttle fleet was grounded, and we share in many other scientific efforts that we do not do with China or Saudi Arabia.
Russia is a Christian nation that is democratic and holds elections, China and Saudi are not. There’s undoubtedly a lot of political corruption there, but there is here as well, at least as much and maybe more. Not just the Democrats. Paul Ryan is a prime example of GOP corruption, and just one of many.
Russia doesn’t have our many civil rights laws, but this gives them the freedom to squelch radicalism and maintain societies norms, something we’ve totally lost. Russia is much like America was in 1940, politically. Why should they be anything except an ally?
Time will tell, and right now I think that our true agenda is aligned with Russia’s when it comes to defending against China. The Russians know full well that war with us may destroy us but it would also destroy Russia and there’d be no winners. Likewise the Chinese know they’d be wiped out too, so they plan to win incrementally, inch by inch, spreading out slowly like a cancer, and achieve this through intimidation, the threat of superior weaponry combined with an aggressive and hostile stance and constant pressure.
We and Russia are responding by presenting a friendly face toward China while working hard at staying ahead of them militarily. In addition, Pres. Trump’s “trade war” with China has been extremely effective in slowing down their economy, which limits their military spending budget. Ours and Russia’s, meanwhile, are increasing. The sanctions Pres. Trump said he’d impose on Russia have never happened, but the promise at least shut up the Democrats demands for them. The reality is that while we may give lip service to political antagonism against Russia, we aren’t actually following through with any threats. I’ve been noting for quite some time that neither are the Russians. They make hostile remarks and gestures but nothing of any substance, ever. Russia and the USA may remain competitors forever, who knows? Right now, however, we have a shared agenda, which is to keep China in check. Because if we don’t they’ll embroil the whole world in a war that we don’t want.