Foreign Policy

Not Joking: Russia Violates Missile Treaty, Obama Sends Stern Letter


In a courageous step to defend our country, Obama has ratcheted up his threats to Russia from the debilitating hashtag attacks and entered into the no man’s land of sending stern letters. The reason for this heightening of tensions? Russia has violated a missile treaty:

The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials, a finding that was conveyed by President Obama to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin in a letter on Monday.

Rumors are that the UN is considering censuring America for the wildly disproportional attack on the mild, unassuming and kind missile-wielding Russians.

More about the violation:

At the heart of the issue is the 1987 treaty that bans medium-range missiles, which are defined as ground-launched ballistic or cruise missiles capable of flying 300 to 3,400 miles. That accord, which was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who was then the Soviet leader, helped seal the end of the Cold War and has been regarded as a cornerstone of American and Russian arms control efforts. Obama administration officials concluded by the end of 2011 that the cruise missile test was a compliance concern, officials have said. Rose Gottemoeller, the State Department’s senior arms control official, first raised the violation concern with Russian officials in May 2013.

We hope this doesn’t start an escalation of stern letter campaigns that can envelop the entire world in a holocaust of paper cuts.