U.S. Assesses Russian Threat
Posted by Joshua Price on February 14, 2008
From The Washington Times:
U.S. military officials are assessing whether Moscow is returning to its Cold War tactics when it flexed its muscle this weekend by sending Russian bombers to fly at low altitudes over U.S. ships.
Gen. James Cartwright, who testified before the Senate Budget Committee yesterday, said the U.S. military is trying to gauge how it will respond to the incident and what the Russians intended to accomplish.
But apparently our government isn’t very concerned about the incident:
Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, played down the incident, telling reporters at the Pentagon yesterday that he “did not consider it to be provocative.”
“So I think what we are seeing is a Russian military or Russian navy that is emerging, particularly in the case of the navy desiring to emerge as a global navy,” the admiral said.
Are you seeing a pattern here? Remember the incident last month when Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats buzzed our ships in the Strait of Hormuz? We got the same response from the brass in D.C.. There’s nothing to worry about. The actions aren’t provocative.
With all due respect, I disagree. I don’t think we realize that Russia and China are at war with us–not militarily, yet, but they are at war with us.
Now some are seeing history begin to repeat itself as I have been saying. Just read what Gen. Cartwright had to say:
“Now what we’re concerned about is, what are the indications of this return to a Cold War mind-set,” Gen. Cartwright said. “What are the implications of that activity, and how do we best address that? It is free and international airspace, and we’re just trying to now go back and look what message was intended by this overflight.”
Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. We’re are seeing the re-alignment of the old Cold War regimes.