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Trump Is Right to Withdraw From That Nuclear Treaty

Russia wasn’t honoring it, and China isn’t party to it.

Back in friendlier times.

Back in friendlier times.

Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

According to the Russians, President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) treaty will bring the world closer to the nuclear apocalypse. “Mankind is facing full chaos in the nuclear weapons sphere,” one high-ranking Russian lawmaker said.

The last time the issue of arms control was this dramatic was during the era of the Betamax, Cabbage Patch Kids and Ronald Reagan. But before you sign up for that peace march, you might want to consider the context of Trump’s decision.