Saturday, April 16, 2016

Obama’s Cold War

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

This week the USS Donald Cook was harassed by a pair of Russian Sukhoi Su-24 Fencers while on patrol in international waters of the Black Sea. The aircraft flew past the USS Cook a total of 20 times. They approached the ship in simulated attack positions, approaching within 1,000 meters at an altitude of only 30 meters. The planes were joined by a Russian military helicopter that took pictures of the Donald Cook after the flybys.

At the time the Cook was near Kaliningrad, a Russian territory between Lithuania and Poland. The Ship had left Poland and was sailing out to sea. According to the Russian news agency Tass the American ship was within 70 kilometers of the Russian navy’s Baltic fleet base.

The U.S. European Command released a statement claiming that American officials are using diplomatic channels to address the matter. NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow told the press "It may have been in international waters and therefore may not be any violation of international law, but it is still irresponsible behavior."   In this age of macroaggression and conflict resolution, missions such as these are not all that different from those flown during the cold war. Actions like this, involving aircraft which do not have a very long range, are usually undertaken for the purpose of sending a message – you are getting too close. It is nothing new, it just happened at a different time, with many of today’s armed forces having been born after the original cold war. For the older, “cold war” warriors, such acts of intentional intimidation are nothing new.

In fact, during the cold war such incidents happened all the time; just a matter of the Russians flexing their military muscle. Today, however, they are emboldened by a weakling in the White House and an inept congress, both working to undermine America’s military capabilities. Given America’s non-action in the Ukraine and token intervention in Syria the world now views Russia’s Putin as the big man on the stage. 

Russia is showing the United States and the world that it is a world power not to be messed with.

Yes, we are in a modern-day cold war with Russia at the same time we are at war with ISIS.  And like ISIS, Obama owns this too.

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