Today's required reading can be found here. You'll want to read it, trust me.
OK, did you read it? In the first paragraph where it states that a Russian bomber buzzed an American aircraft carrier, I became puzzled. My oldest son was stationed on the USS George Washington for 6 years, and has told me several times that nobody can get within 400 miles of our carrier groups without us knowing about it, at which time the commander would scramble a couple of F/A-18 fighter planes. I was a bit relieved as I read on, finding out that's exactly what they did, but WTF?
Why are Russian bombers buzzing our carrier groups? This is extremely alarming news. "Russia revived the Soviet-era practice of long-range patrols by strategic bombers over the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans last August." This is also alarming news.
It seems to me that we had better turn our plans to put a radar system in the Czech Republic and 10 missile defense interceptors in Poland a reality! I wonder if any of the current Presidential hopefuls are up to the task? Let's hope so! (No, this was not a stab at any of the candidates!)
And I love this line regarding Russian bombers crossing into Japanese airspace for three minutes: "Russia has denied there was an intrusion." Well, then, that must make it so! This is a picture of the USS Nimitz with two F/A-18 Hornets flying over during an airborne change of command ceremony in 2007. God bless ALL our Sailors and Soldiers!