Joel McKean column: The future of arms control –

The United States would say that international arms control agreements deter war and preserve our national security. Russia and China might have a different take on it. Why negotiate with U.S. forces when we can sit back and see them destroy themselves from within?

Headlines about President Donald Trump talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the possible extension of the START 3 treaty and the possibility of bringing China into the negotiations; the possible violation of the Space Treaty by Russia as it tests an antisatellite weapon; China’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea and a host of other threats; or the continued march of North Korea and Iran in the development of nuclear weapons take a back seat to pandemic data, protests that get hijacked by violent activists backed by millions of dollars from hidden sources and the latest Twitter feed by a political candidate.