Trump’s neocons have always despised arms control treaties – and the INF is no different

The US’ possible withdrawal from the INF plays to the neocon narrative to oppose anything associated with Russia, since they never have emerged from a Cold War mentality and long have opposed any arms control pacts. President Vladimir Putin is correct when he said recently that the US pullout from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, had been in the planning stages for some time prior to the announcement in October. The withdrawal comes as tensions between Russia and the US are mounting on an array of other issues. Yet, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his other neoconservative buddy, National Security Advisor John Bolton, claimed the US pullout from the key nuclear arms pact was due to Russian violations, without ever providing any evidence to support those allegations.

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