from the Soviet Union and two military alliances, the Warsaw Treaty Organization and NATO, were confronting each other. The US now has greater milit
ary superiority than it did at that time. Suspending the treaty now is not because US military strength is weake
r than over the three decades ago, but because Washington’s thinking has become more radical.
Although the US in the Reagan era launched the Strategic Defense Initiative, nicknamed “Star Wars,” it accepted the concept of
security based on a balance of power. But today the US wants an overwhelming advantage and absolute secur
ity. It even cannot accept other countries which want to strengthen their strategic defense.
Washington has been hyping the Russian threats in recent yea
rs, but Russia’s strategic deterrence is clearly weaker than in the Soviet era. The US has also com
plained about China’s development of missile capabilities. This is even more unreasonable. China’s nuclear dete
rrence isn’t comparable to that of the US and Russia. Portraying China’s military development as part of an “arms ra
ce,” the US is creating an excuse to suppress China’s legitimate build-up of its national defense.