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A new, more-threatening Cold War

A new, more-threatening Cold War

Despite a career in the intelligence community, I consider myself a friend of Russia because of the love I developed for the language and culture in St. Louis public schools beginning in 3rd grade. I recently went on a long dive trip with 20 Russians in the Sea of Cortez. I enjoy being with these people, I remembered thinking as we toweled off and headed to our cabins after the last dive. Soon we were within cell phone range, and I scanned the news: the U.S was withdrawing from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. How in the world could this happen?

My colleagues and I spent years at the National Security Agency in the ‘80s supporting this eventual treaty with the former...