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Experts: US Should Withdraw From Worthless Nuke Treaty

By    |   Wednesday, 10 September 2014 06:44 AM

As President Barack Obama pursues "the utopian goal of a world without nuclear weapons," Vladimir Putin's Russia continues to violate the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Washington's response should be withdrawal from the agreement, write John Bolton and John Yoo in The Wall Street Journal.

Demographic and economic decline notwithstanding, Moscow's behavior in the Ukraine shows a yearning to "re-establish hegemony in the former Soviet Union," according to ex-U.N. Ambassador Bolton and University of California law professor Yoo.

Russia is upgrading its nuclear and conventional arsenal and violating the INF treaty, which prohibits ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. It has already pulled out the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty.

Intermediate-range nuclear missiles give Putin yet another pressure point to bully Europe, which has struggled to respond to Moscow's belligerence in Ukraine.

With Russia in violation of INF and China, Iran, and North Korea not bound by it altogether, "America remains the only country bound by and honoring a prohibition on deploying intermediate-range forces — the ultimate arms-control absurdity," write Bolton and Yoo. The Russian breach provides the United States with an opening to cast off outmoded Cold War-era limits on its nuclear arsenal.

They say that NATO has the military capacity to counter Moscow's behavior. And the United States could use the opportunity to bolster the manufacture of faster and more accurate conventional weapons.

Bolton and Yoo see the president as responding "aimlessly" to the Russian treaty violations, much as he's reacted to crises involving Ukraine, Hamas, and the Islamic State.
The administration has been dragging its heels in advising Congress that Russia is in material violation of the treaty.

Bolton and Yoo urge Republican presidential candidates to make eliminating the INF a campaign issue.

Congressional conservatives should move to fund "new intermediate-range weapons systems" to counter "Russian testing and deployment" and bolster deterrence by rebuilding America's strategic arsenal, write Bolton and Yoo.

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