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originally posted by: paraphi
originally posted by: dashen
Peace and trade with Russia is vastly superior to sanctions and cooling of relations.
Russia really should not have invaded and annexed Crimea and interfered in Ukraine. US sanctions against Russia are fairly modest, the killers are the EU sanctions.
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: dashen
As I've said elsewhere, I have no problem renewing relations with Russia. However, the way Trump is going about it is all wrong. Russia is the one that illegally annexed Crimea. Russia is the one that broke ties with NATO. Russia is the one that provided the weapon that shot down MH17.
And yet Trump acts as if these things have no bearing on current tensions. Instead he acts like it's all the US' fault. That at best makes him look weak and at worst makes it look like he's in Russia's pocket.
originally posted by: Tardacus
you mean like how the U.S. shouldn`t have annexed the territory of mexico that is now named texas,
America's Nuclear Weapons in Europe Are the Nuclear Elephant in the Room
Conventional wisdom is that the nuclear weapons in Belgium, as well as the other four European countries — the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Turkey — where they are stored today (there are two storage sites in Italy) tie together the Atlantic alliance in unique ways. The nuclear weapons are the ultimate American guarantee to Europe, and they're also a kind of US-European bargain: Only the US president can approve their use, but the host nations have to approve the bombs leaving the country. Thus the weapons can serve as a deterrent while also being virtually unusable.
The figure of 150 nuclear weapons in Europe today is dwarfed by the number that were stored on European soil at their peak — 7,300 in 1971. Then, there were artillery and missile warheads of a staggering variety, a nuclear bazooka, and even backpack nuclear weapons. Ships and submarines routinely carried nukes into the Baltic and Black seas to the Soviet Union's doorstep. Policy was driven by perceptions of overwhelming conventional military threat and the doctrines of deterrence, with arsenals growing ever more capable.