The commander of American forces in the Pacific has warned that China has a huge advantage over the United States when it comes to their stockpile of land-based short- and medium-range missiles – some which can carry nuclear warheads. Adm. Harry Harris told senators on Capitol Hill that a decades-old arms treaty between the United States and Russia prohibits the US from building its own arsenal of missiles that can fly between 310 and 3,400 miles.
So, as China bulks up militarily - to the point of building man-made island military bases, and Russia once again flexes an oppressive muscle over not only their old Soviet satellite nations, but the Middle East, our military is prohibited from making sure we can counter any attack by either.
Stupid is as stupid does.
The intellectual and ideological panty-waists that have been installed in career positions at State and the DoD wave this treaty and sing Kumbaya, even as they exist believing it makes the world safer. It does not.
As we are witnessing in Syria, Vladimir Putin's Russia will look the other way when a despot uses WMD against his own people. And China - regardless of whether or not they are "being helpful" with North Korea - is a massive oppressor of human rights in its own country.
So, why is the country that routinely defends the freedoms of all - and especially overseas (and to no fanfare) - hobble itself with inane treaties that allow the forces of oppression to flourish?