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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Russia Up To It's Old Tricks?

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!


Veronnica said...

Holy Crap! Every week its a different country pulling some kind of stunt! Mike is scheduled to be deployed in less than a year, God only knows who we'll be fighting at that point! God Bless everyone involved!

Rex said...

Goddamn Russians. We shoulda shot their commy asses down. So let me try to understand the reasoning. They don't want us to set up the missile sites so they think by flying over one of our carriers and into Japan's airspace will make us think about not doing it. crazy.


Mike said...

I read about this the other day. Seems this was a common practice back during the cold war and Russia really wants to bring back those days. It was good for their economy because this whole "return to democracy" thing didn't work out for them too well.

They are pissed about that missile defense system we are talking about and they also don't like not being perceived as a threat. All in all though, it was a pretty harmless maneuver on their part mostly designed to get headlines and "annoy" our navy. I mean let's face it, send a big old bulky bomber out to buzz an aircraft carrier full of sophisticated jets that could knock that bomber out of the sky from a long ways off is a pretty lame move.

Ann said...

Rexxy- calm down, Sailor! Yes, it is crazy!

Mike - I agree, it was a pretty lame move. My hubby said the same thing, but also said "we need to get those missle sites up".