In a move that has already drawn cries of outrage from across the media, President Trump has ordered that the US withdraw from the “Open Skies” treaty, a so-called disarmament treaty that allowed Russian planes to fly over the US with sensor equipment.
To all the Democrats that claimed Trump was an “agent of Putin” – what now?
The New York Times reports:
American officials have long complained that Moscow was violating the Open Skies accord by not permitting flights over a city where it was believed Russia was deploying nuclear weapons that could reach Europe, as well as forbidding flights over major Russian military exercises.
And, in classified reports, the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies have contended the Russians are also using flights over the United States to map out critical American infrastructure that could be hit by cyberattacks.
Unlike the fake Russian collusion “scandal,” Russian planes with sensitive equipment designed to map out US infrastructure sure sounds pretty threatening to me. I can’t believe we ever had such a treaty in the first place.
Trump’s move is a strong warning to Russia, and also a strategic shot across China’s bow, which administration officials had been pressuring to join the treaty. Both Putin and Xi sought to use the treaty in a one-sided manner, something which Trump is determined to put a stop to.
Now, without a hint of irony, many in the media and on the left are criticizing Trump’s move. Why is it ok for them to take Putin’s side?