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Trump Is Right to Jettison the Flawed INF Treaty

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On July 16, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived for a press conference following their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:36 AM Current | Bio | Archive

President Trump intends to withdraw the U.S. from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty — and the Russians are pitching a fit.

Vladimir Putin insists we remain bound by an accord that even the Obama administration said the Kremlin has been violating for years, threatening our allies and forces in Europe and Asia with new nuclear weapons for which we have no in-kind deterrent.

The INF Treaty also imposes no restriction on similar threats increasingly posed by the Communist Chinese to America’s personnel, bases and friends in the Western Pacific.

Three decades ago, I helped President Reagan try to negotiate the "Zero-Option" – a deal that would permanently eliminate all intermediate-range missiles – but had to warn the Senate that the INF Treaty wouldn’t do that.

Mr. Trump is right to stop practicing unilateral disarmament and to restore the INF deterrence we need in Europe and Asia.

Frank Gaffney, Jr. is president of the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a columnist for The Washington Times, and host of the nationally syndicated program, Secure Freedom Radio. Read more reports from Frank Gaffney, Jr. — Click Here Now.

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