A Russian fighter jet repeatedly buzzed a United States Navy Destroyer on routine patrol in international waters in the Black Sea last Saturday. The Russian warplane made numerous passes over the USS Donald Cook. It flew within a thousand yards of the ship at roughly 500 feet above sea level, which is very close indeed. Several radio warnings were issued by the ship over the length of the episode, which lasted for approximately ninety minutes. The Russian fighter jet was accompanied by another warplane which kept its distance and did not approach the Donald Cook.
It is absolutely inconceivable that the two Russian pilots carried out this mission on their own wherewithal. Their orders had to come straight from the top, which means that Russian President Vladimir Putin either concocted and ordered it himself or at the very least approved it. Either way, it simply would not have happened unless he gave the go-ahead. That means that the Russian Air Force carried out an extremely provocative mission against the United States Navy and by extension the United States itself with the full knowledge and consent of the Russian head of state. If that’s not an act of war its very close and is certainly the next best thing. If that doesn’t demand a vigorous response to prevent further provocations in the future, provocations which could easily include an armed attack of some kind, I don’t know what would.
So a Russian fighter jet buzzes a United States Navy Destroyer for ninety minutes in international waters and how does the U.S. respond? As of this writing, it hasn’t. It hasn’t even discussed the incident with the Russians, much less done anything about it.
Just as it is inconceivable that Putin’s fingerprints weren’t all over the Russian mission it is equally inconceivable that President Obama’s fingerprints aren’t all over America’s lack of response to it. Given Obama’s track record and mentality there is no other explanation. Obama no doubt hopes that by ignoring the provocation it will be forgotten, that it will go away. It won’t. Putin and the Russians will learn from it and be encouraged by it and their behavior will do nothing but increase and escalate. That is how bullies behave and Putin is nothing but a bully. Make no mistake, he has the measure of the feckless Obama, which is why the incident occurred to begin with.
Needless to say the Iranians, the North Koreans and all of America’s other enemies have Obama’s measure too.
Vladimir Putin boxed Barack Obama’s ears alright, and not for the first time either.
Which raises the question-just what does a country have to do to the United States before the U.S. under Obama responds substantively?
Lob a missile at New York or Los Angeles, attack an American naval vessel, shoot down an American aircraft, launch a terror attack on the homeland, what?
In a related development, the Russian military just carried out a successful test of a new multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 3,500 miles designed specifically to defeat American missile defenses.
In the meantime, Obama is doing everything he can to decimate and weaken the American military, including its nuclear arm, just at a time when its enemies are doing everything they can to expand and strengthen theirs, just at a time when the United States is likely to need it most.
If I was an American I’d be very very ashamed.
If I was an American I’d be very very worried.
If I was an American I’d be very very scared.
If I was an American I’d be very, very angry.
Putin is cocky alright.
With Obama in office he has every reason to be.