Monday, April 18, 2016

And the Russian jets keep getting closer

(My new American Thinker post)

Let's review the latest "in your face Obama" message pitch from Vlad in Moscow to BO in DC:


A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft on Thursday in the latest military provocation by Moscow over the Baltic Sea, the U.S. European Command said Saturday.
The U.S. aircraft, a militarized Boeing 707 jet, was operating in international airspace and at no time crossed into Russian territory, said the Navy, as reported first by The Washington Free Beacon.
“On April 14, a U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez on Saturday told Fox News and other new gathering agencies.
The incident follows Russian jets on Tuesday night reportedly flying very close the to the American destroyer USS Donald Cook in international Baltic Sea waters.
“This intercept comes shortly after the unsafe Russian encounters with USS Donald Cook,” Hernandez said. “There have been repeated incidents over the last year where Russian military aircraft have come close enough to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns, and we are very concerned with any such behavior."
"This unsafe and unprofessional air intercept has the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all aircrews involved,” Hernandez continued. “More importantly, the unsafe and unprofessional actions of a single pilot have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries.”

Let's put this latest incident in some perspective.   

The latest provocation came within 60 feet of a US military plane. That's about the same distance that Nolan Ryan used to pop fastballs from.

The latest incident is scary because the pilot has no margin of error travelling that fast or close to a US ship:  a mistake and there is a crashing into a plane or ship!  It's that risky!

The second point is that Putin keeps probing and Obama is doing the tango in Argentina or the wave with Raul Castro.

Yes, Mr. Putin should be warned in private that the next jet will be shot down.   And then shoot it down.   At some point, President Obama needs to take a stand or draw a line that no one can cross without consequences.

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