David Kirkpatrick

February 11, 2008

Russia flexes its air power

Filed under: et.al., Media, Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:14 pm

Here’s a little reminder we are just one extended hot action away from re-instituting the draft.

From the article:

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. fighter planes intercepted two Russian bombers, including one that buzzed an American aircraft carrier in the western Pacific during the weekend, The Associated Press has learned. A U.S. military official says that one Russian Tupolev 95 flew directly over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz twice, at a low altitude of about 2,000 feet, while another bomber circled about 58 miles out. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the reports on the flights were classified as secret.The Saturday incident, which never escalated beyond the flyover, comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Russia over U.S. plans for a missile defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic.Such Russian bomber flights were common during the Cold War, but have been rare since.The bombers were among four Russian Tupolev 95s launched from Ukrainka in the middle of the night, including one that Japanese officials say violated their country’s airspace over an uninhabited island south of Tokyo.

Our military is woefully overextended and armament depleted by the Iraq exercise. It’s not surprising other nations are testing our mettle and response.