Donald Trump has just taken one giant step away from peace and toward reviving the arms race with the Russians. He is blaming the Russians for his decision to pull out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) that was signed by President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. But even if the Russians haven’t abided by the terms of the treaty, as he claims, there is no good reason for the U.S. to end the treaty. We should stick by our desire for peace and not engage in an arms race, an arms race that will be costly and add nothing to our military defense.
Who benefits from our withdrawal from the INF Treaty? Clearly the citizens of the U.S. and Russia – and the world – are not better off when any arms limitation treaty is ended. However, the military industrial complexes of the world will be better off due to all the new, and expensive, lethal toys the generals on both sides think up.
Ending a peace treaty, even if it is a bit tattered, only brings us closer to war and fattens the pockets of the defense contractors. Save the INF!
– John Reiger
State Chair, Peace and Freedom Party
(graphic courtesy TalkingPointsMemo.com)