(In response to question from Sputnik about Washington’s intention to leave the Open Skies Treaty)
The ABM Treaty and the CFE Treaty were already dead and the Trump Administration seems to be determined to kill off every remaining Cold War arms control Treaty. The Open Skies is just the latest. Russia will, of course, be blamed: it’s been “cheating“.
What’s driving this? I suspect it’s the post Cold War triumphalism that we have seen in every previous administration: We won, we’re Number One, suck it up Russia, you’re unimportant. The difference is that the Trump Administration makes no attempt to sugar-coat.
The irony of course is that the whole thing was President Eisenhower’s idea in the first place.
More of Washington’s short-term gain for long-term pain.