The White House strategy for generating conflicts in the world
Last August, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), on the grounds that Russia was about to collapse the agreement with arms purposes. Days later, Washington tested a previously banned ground cruise missile with a range of 500 km.
Moreover, even before announcing its departure from the INF, the United States included in its Federal Budget financial resources for the development of missiles that violated the treaty. This happened almost one year before the official withdrawal, what suggests an US intention to abandon the deal regardless of Russian stance.
In justifying the development of offensive weapons, President Donald Trump claimed that Russia was already violating rules of the treaty. The US leader's rhetoric remains that of a pacifist, even though the international community is aware of the power of the Pentagon and the US military industry for "governability."
What is there, in fact, is a White House strategy to generate conflicts around the world. The higher the level of tension, the better. For many years, weapons control agreements have been the basis of global stability.
The unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the INF threatens international security and sparks an arms race – which its military industry wins as well – whose escalating tensions could affect Latin America as well.
It is still time to refrain this impulse and, for that, President Donald Trump and his surrounding hawks will have to sit at the table with Moscow. Russia has ensured that it will not develop nor deploy previously forbidden rockets in any region of the world until the United States decides to do so.
There are ways to stabilize the situation on the basis of mutual transparency measures, including the introduction of a moratorium on medium and short-range missiles.
Marcelo Rech is a journalist and editor of InfoRel. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.