An assessment of recent Russian political and military action, conducted by the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, has brought to light a significant violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Air Force General Philip Breedlove has stated that this violation “can’t go unanswered.” Critics of the Obama administration have charged that it has been covering up this particular violation for months if not years. It is a simple fact that Putin’s ever-more belligerent Russia has been walking away from international norms- and treaties- more frequently in recent months.
Representative Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee, said this report is badly needed in Congress so that it may assess efforts to address the problem. But, says Rogers, it “seems to stay tied up in the White House.” We are all stunned, I’m sure.
Ronald Reagan negotiated this treaty with Michael Gorbachev. He flatly stated, “trust, but verify.”
Sadly, it is now easy to verify that Putin's Russia can’t be trusted.
And neither can the Obama administration.