And on a massive scale. We've seen this guy repeatedly make decisions that hurt the security of the United States and our allies while favoring the interests of Vladimir Putin, over and over again. Now, here is a gigantic one which has received almost no coverage in the mainstream press, and what coverage it has received has missed the point entirely. In fact, even left wing sources seem not to have recognized the real significance of this action.
What I am talking about is Trump's stated intention to abrogate the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980's. This treaty forbade either country from deploying any land based missiles with ranges between 500 and 5500 kilometers.
The United States did in fact destroy about 1,000 nuclear missiles after this treaty was signed (the Soviet Union destroyed about 2,000.) But other than the financial loss, the treaty meant little to us because our supposed enemies, the Soviet Union and China, were well over 5500 kilometers from our missile bases, which were located in the middle of the United States.
The situation for the Soviets, however, was considerably different, as can be seen from a glance at this map:
The U. S. abrogation of this treaty will allow Vladimir Putin to deploy nuclear missiles targeting the entire continent of Europe.
Let the NATO nations try to stand up to Russia then.
Sorry to resort to big red letters here (something that I have never done before,) but I think it is important for Americans to realize what an act of treachery, of out and out treason, Trump's backing out of this treaty will be. For essentially nothing in return, Trump will be enabling Putin to hang a sword over all of Europe, if they dare to try to stand up to him. This is a massive, horrible payoff to Putin for putting Trump into the White House. Here is your collusion, Mr. Trump, written in gigantic letters for all to see. Here is your betrayal of not only your own country, but of all our European allies, in order to benefit Putin.
In a sane country, this action alone would be the end of Trump's Presidency, and in fact the end of his life outside a Federal prison. But I guess we don't live in a sane country any more. Too bad, really.