Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Russian Fighter Jet Buzzes U.S. Warship, and Obama

To say Vladimir Putin is getting cocky would be an understatement.

He knows Obama is weak. He can kick Obama around and there are no consequences.

The problem: When Putin kicks Obama, Putin kicks us.

From the Washington Times:

A Russian fighter jet aggressively taunted an American warship in the Black Sea by making “numerous close-range low-altitude passes” and exhibiting what some Pentagon officials described as provocative behavior and unprofessional conduct.

Army Col. Steve Warren said the fighter jet pestered the USS Donald Cook with continuous close fly-bys on Saturday while the destroyer was conducting operations in international waters. The Navy tried to communicate with the Russians, but to no avail, Col. Warren said.

“The aircraft did not respond to multiple queries and warnings from the Donald Cook,” he said. “The event ended without incident after approximately 90 minutes. This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with international protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries.”

Pentagon officials said the Russian fighter jet flew within 1,000 yards of the ship at an altitude of about 500 feet.
Humiliating Obama and the U.S. seems to be Putin's favorite pastime.

A Russian fighter taunting an American warship would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, during the George W. Bush administration.

You'd have to go back to the Jimmy Carter years to find this sort of complete disregard for the power of the United States.

It's scary.

What's next?

Please, Barry, grow a pair.


Flashback: Read "No Nobel Results From Obama Foreign Policy," by Charles Krauthammer, October 16, 2009.