Saturday, August 18, 2007
Russian Nuclear Bombers Returning to Their Old 'Cold War' Patrols
Once again we have the Bush administration to thank for this madness
See Reports from CNN and the UK Independent
This is what many of the hawks in the Bush administration have wanted, a resumption of hostile relations with the Russians. This serves to benefit the Defense industries of Both countries.... (both countries having political leaders with ties to the defense industries in their respective nations.... a terrible conflict of interest in my opinion).
Russian Bombers have been intercepted near Norway, Iceland, Alaska, Guam and various other locations in recent years...with some of these incidents occurring within the past few months. This is part of a larger trend of troubling Russian foreign policy. Within the past few weeks, the Russians attempted to lay claim to parts of the resource rich North Pole (an area that could be the spark for future conflict). Russia has also refused to cooperate with the British in the murder investigation of former Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko, appeared to have abandoned a European Security Treaty regulating troop strength near its border with NATO, has threatened Russian dissidents in foreign countries, has used its oil resources for political leverage and to intimidate other nations, has pledged to expand its military and to return to Soviet glory, and seems to be forming a military alliance with China, among other troubling moves.
The biggest problem with these bomber flights is that they could easily lead to a miscalculation or an accident. Many from the current generation of Russian & American pilots are not used to the protocols and the interactions that were common as part of the cat and mouse activities during the height of the Cold War... increasing the risk for a mistake.
The Russians have been antagonized & disrespected by the last two U.S. Presidents, and they are now more than happy to meet the U.S. halfway in any resumption of Cold War activities.
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Posted by Brian E. at 2:40 AM