What makes people think that Russia would abide by a new Treaty? Ridiculous.
Lets simply deal with Russia (and also China, North Korea and Iran)
with one thing in mind. They cannot be trusted. The International community
should be together on this front and work together against those countries. The US will now need to develop and whole new class of nuclear weapons
and possibly space weapons to compete with China and Russia. After that, we
will see what happens. Certainly shows how bad Obama was with
confronting Russia. He and Hillary were too busy colluding with them on Uranium
One and some wild idea about resetting our relationship. Resetting it to what?
A lot of trash talk comments here directed towards Trump. But look, we would
not likely be talking about this mess if the administration under Obama was not
so soft on Russia and its allies. Weakness gives foes the
opportunity to tramp over treaties and countries just as this one. Reagan was
tough... through military strength and bold talk. That is what removed this
horrible worldwide threat... which lasted a long time but plunged downhill
during Obama/H Clinton's administration.
Nichol - 50 years ago we landed a man on the moon. We had plenty of technology
back then to deliver a nuclear warhead to a city in the then Soviet Union with
enough precision for it to do its job. As to whether mr. Trump was
trying to get a hotel in Moscow, I'm not sure that is even under debate
yet. The MoW and SoU have been found, architectural renderings and all. So he
wanted one, and was working on one. And I'm not sure that in of itself
was anything illegal - not sure anyone is saying it was.The question
is was their quid pro quo going on. If not directly with Trump himself, who
else then. What we do know is we no longer have a ratified NAFTA,
we withdrew from the Asian marketplace, we are threatening to withdraw from
NATO, we no longer have a nuclear deal with Iran, we've cancelled joint
South Korea trainings, and we no longer have any agreement with Russia on
nuclear weapons. We are leaving Syria to Iran and Russia, we are leaving
Afghanistan, and the use of the base that Trump claims we can use to "keep
an eye on Iran", Iraq has said they do not agree with that. And
Trump has left open sending troops to Venezuela. I still feel safe, just not
As we watch missile launches from SpaceX, Blue Origin, SLA and the Russians
within days of each other are we really ignorant enough to believe that
collectively we don't have the capabilities to deliver missiles to each
other's cities? Fifty years ago that was a difficult engineering feat.
Now even teenagers carry a computer in their pockets capable of guiding a
missile to any city on earth. Dooms dayers will say this is the end. For
anyone with faith in humanity, this is a wonderful time to be alive. The
Russians are no more of a threat than our youngest Representative in the House.
And if Trump is found guilty of secretly trying to get his name on a hotel in
Russia, well I will just buy all my Democratic friends lunch.
You aren't serious, are you, Mr. Huntsman? The Russians want out of the
treaty, and I believe it is coordinated between Trump and Putin.
These are the same people whom our President looked in the eye and believed when
they said they did not try to interfere in our election - over the counsel of
our own intelligence agencies. Now President Trump's
administration believes that the Russians are attempting to subvert US security.
I wonder if he will also acknowledge they tried to influence the last election.
Doing so doesn't not mean there was collusion - but it would mean they
2bits,"Why is it only illegal for Trump to talk to or do business with
people from Russia?" You are right that others can do business in
Russia without it being a problem. Trump could too as long as he wasn't
President.Hospitals will fire their doctors if they accept gifts or
free trips from Pharmaceutical Companies. Not that trips or free lunch is wrong
- doctors can accept those things from friends and family. However, it's
important to make sure that doctors are making decisions with only the best
interest of their patient in mind, and not influenced by the need to repay or
earn future favors. And pharmaceutical companies could offer those things to
other people outside the medical community - but for some strange reason they
don't. That's the same reason the President should not be
accepting money from business deals from Putin or other country's leaders.
If he has received or is hoping to receive a large sum from Putin, Trump might
do things that he otherwise would have no inclination or interest in doing.
Some examples would be things like suggesting Russia be included in the G7 or
maybe suggesting that NATO be dissolved.
JrYou are so right. It is our treaty. Russia has never honored it. Now, if Russia has something on trump, libs, why haven’t they turned it
over. Trump is no friend of theirs. And he never said he could be more flexible
once elected. Only Barry on an open mike said that.
And may I add : Thank goodness there are people like Jon Huntsman in the
world.We need them more than ever today. Too bad there aren't
many more of them. He's a Republican I could actually vote for
. . . . just as I did when he ran for governor of Utah.
Huntsman is in an absolutely impossible spot.Trying to be a voice of
reason between two men like Putin and trump is something that is beyond any
plausible level of reality.
Great article and brought alot of things to some understanding. However, without
good leadership in our part, they will not do that, they wont sit down with
someone they dont respect or they bought and installed in the white house. They
seek to gather lost USSR satelites. Feel threatened and boxed in when infact is
their greed and need to dictate to their neighbors how life ought to be lived or
traded is what got them there.I believe with your charisma and most
importantly, wit and diplomacy since the 80's and guided by light and
truth--we can secure further years and safety from mushroom clouds and plutonium
rain. These are facts. Less of you, we are at the lions den, those are also
facts and not alternative facts.Do 350million people a favor Sir and
2bits has resurfaced a facet that undoubtedly played a part in Russia's
decision to forge ahead in developing this system; that reason is China. Russia
is not dumb enough to let the Chinese get an advantage, even if the US decided
under previous administrations to turn a blind eye towards the Chinese missile
development program. What is needed is a three-way agreement. However, the US is
behind the other two in this area, so is in a bad negotiating position. We have
to catch up; then go for a new 3-party INF agreement.
Huntsman Chemical did business in Russia (and China). Now Huntsman has been
America's ambassador to China (appointed by President Obama, not Pres
Trump). And today he's our Ambassador to Russia.Being
ambassador requires dealing with, meeting with, and talking with people there?
That's what our Ambassador to Russia, and our Sec of State, and our
President do every day (meeting with and talk with people from around the world,
at the G8, at NATO meetings, at UN Meetings, at state meetings in Washington or
their capitol). Why is Huntsman not in jail?Why is it only illegal
for Trump to talk to or do business with people from Russia?Answer... TDSIt's not illegal to do business in Russia. Even
to build concrete plants, chemical plants, or hotels. The pretense that doing
business in Russia makes you a bad person, or is a crime punishable by
impeachment... is a crock of malarkey.
I'm sure Trump and Putin will go into a closed room, with no other
negotiators or note takers and be able to work this thing out. I wonder if
some day we'll learn of the leverage that Putin has on our President.
The INF was a good treaty when it was signed. But this is almost 50 years
later. Times change. Russia has broken the agreement many times and is
breaking it today, and China is deploying these missile systems around the world
with no repercussions. It's probably time to re-visit the treaty. It was
probably time long ago.We need to bring China and others into that
agreement, and sign a new INF treaty.Maybe this will bring Russia
back into compliance. But we need to give them a way out.They
can't back down now. That would make them look weak (in an age where
backing down on anything is seen as weakness). End the agreement. Then they
can join the new one, and destroy their violating systems, and they look like
the good guys.Probably won't happen. But for sure they
weren't going to admit that they have been breaking the agreement all along
and agree to destroy these systems they have spent billions on.
If any lesson from history should have been important for the USA to learn from,
it was the Cuban Missile Crisis of the early 1960's, where Nikita
Khrushchev showed the Soviet Union couldn't be trusted. In the late
1980's we had the INF treaty and I spoke with a gentleman who interacted
with the Russians directly and told him I didn't think the Russians could
be trusted as they were not honest. As I recall, I said "I think
they're a bunch of liars" to which he replied "You got that
right!" So my question is, where was Obama during his terms in office when
all this cheating was being observed? From how he looked the other way at the
Ukrainian land grab by Russia and prior to being elected how he apologized
around the world, especially in Europe, about past actions of the USA I can see
how Putin would think he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Mitt
Romney said Russia was the enemy but the Dems and liberal press mocked him about
that. Now the truth is wider known and what are they doing? Poking fun at the
current President, refusing to work together to secure our borders because they
don't want a 'wall,' and are ignoring our national security
It's been known for a decade that Russia has not abided by the treaty on
mid-range missiles. The treaty was a charade and Pres. Obama acknowledged that
fact. Saying that the US has withdrawn ignores the reality that there is no
effective treaty from which to withdraw.
Yes, Governor Huntsman might just make a good President, perhaps in 2032, after
8 years of President Pence.Inspired by the reference in the article
to "RBC," I found a fascinating interview of Ambassador Huntsman from
March 2018. Google "Ambassador Huntsman Interview with RBC TV" to find
it. Readers may be very interested in the answer to the question "What is it
like to work with Donald Trump?" Huntsman was absolutely right.
Huntsman has the knowledge, experience and temperament to make a good President.