Push back, damn you!
NATO said Wednesday that it had intercepted a large number of Russian aircraft flying close to European airspace in the past two days, in an “unusual” series of incidents that brought Russian bombers as far afield as Portugal.
The aircraft — at least 19 in all — offered reminders of Russian air power at a time of the worst relations between the West and Russia since the Cold War. Russian military aircraft have significantly increased their activity in Europe since the conflict in Ukraine began earlier this year, with NATO scrambling to intercept aircraft more than 100 times in 2014. But a NATO official said the scale of the latest incidents was the most provocative this year.
Probe, observe, regroup, probe, observe, regroup, probe...
U.S. officials regard the flights as a show of force by the Putin government. “It’s concerning because it’s moving in the wrong direction,” said one U.S. defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the air activity publicly. “It’s not helping to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine. It’s not helping to improve relations between NATO and Russia. It’s not helping anybody.”
Oh that's brilliant, you mewling kitten. You just told Putin EXACTLY what he wanted to hear. Instead of responding with force and pressure of our own, you just laid down on the floor and puked up little pussy words like "de-escalate" and "improve relations." All you've done is embolden him, because you've told him you're not doing anything about it and not planning on doing anything about it.
This is what happens when there are incompetent cowards in charge, as we currently have in the Obama administration. These are people who have probably never even been in a fistfight. They're type B personalities with compensation issues. They certainly don't understand high-stakes brinksmanship, because they've spent their entire lives looking down on people who did. In dealing with a realpolitik bruiser like Putin, they're so outclassed they're about to pee their pants. He's standing in their personal space, pushing on their sunken, bony little chests, and they're too scared to even look him in the eye, let alone push him back. Fucking pathetic.
To paraphrase Michelle Obama: For the first time in my life, I'm truly ashamed of my country.