So I finally got to read “An Obsolete Nuclear Treaty Even Before Russia Cheated,” John Bolton and John Yoo, WSJ, 09.10.14, and I can't help pointing out the following flaws:
The authors write: "Russia has extensively tested a new ballistic missile, the RS-26 Rubezh, which violates the INF." A number of respected US and Russian experts have argued that RS-26 doesn’t violate INF – it is an ICBM, which was test-fired to a shorter range and INF doesn’t prohibit that. In fact, USG concerns are centered on a cruis missile R-500. It is fine to mention RS-26, as this as a debated subject, but it is astounding that the authors don’t even mention that central concern in their oped.
The authors also write: "Despite the country's demographic and economic decline, Moscow also is overhauling its nuclear and conventional arsenal, adding new, multiple-warhead ballistic missiles, and suspending the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty." Russia’s population and economy have been growing since 2010 and 2009 respectively.
You would think former U.S. ambassador to UN and law professor at the University of California at Berkeley would do their homework before writing an oped, but apparently it is not required as long they advance the 'party line.'
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