Allen B. West

What Russia just did to a U.S. aircraft carrier is SHAMEFUL – to us

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A U.S. aircraft carrier is the superior display of our strength and power projection. It is a floating example of American sovereignty, and represents the finest and greatest traditions of the U.S. Navy. Having one’s name affixed to a Navy aircraft carrier is undoubtedly the highest honor. And so it is with the venerable USS Ronald Reagan, named after the man who stood at the Brandenburg Gates and forcefully demanded of Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” His words rallied generations who until then never had the freedom and liberty to stand up, and the wall came down. How terribly sad to report the abject disrespect just given to his memory.

As reported by Fox News, “Two Russian warplanes flew within one mile of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, forcing the U.S. Navy to launch four fighter jets in response Tuesday, a Navy spokesman told Fox News.

The USS Reagan was sailing in international waters east of the Korean peninsula, Stars and Stripes reports. It adds that the U.S. is currently engaged in joint military exercises with South Korea.

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The Russian “Bear Bombers” approached the aircraft carrier at an elevation of 500 feet Tuesday morning, according to Navy spokesman Commander William Marks. He said U.S. F/A-18 Super Hornets escorted the Russian planes as they transited out of the area. “We would characterize this as still at a safe distance. This kind of interaction is not unprecedented,” Cmdr. Marks told Fox News.”

This is not unprecedented? Yeah, that’s right, it happened in the movie “Top Gun” — y’all remember, Maverick, Goose, and Iceman right?

Apparently, since President Barack Obama’s “unprecedented” off-mic moment when he confided to then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev — ironically in South Korea — that he would have more flexibility after reelection, we’ve been treated to more Russian tricks of buzzing our ships, flying off our coastline, and the recent reports of Russian submarines dangerously close to underwater internet cables. But don’t fret, this kind of interaction isn’t unprecedented.

I want y’all to contrast the interaction between Reagan and Gorbachev and that between Obama and Putin. Now of course the liberal progressive sweethearts who just LOVE to hang out at this site will revert to BDS — no not the liberal Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction policy towards Israel, nah, I am talking about Bush Derangement Syndrome. You see, what Putin is doing today is Bush’s fault, — you know, just like ISIS was created by George W. Bush. So, the incessant aggression of one Vladimir Putin has nothing to do with the weakness exhibited by one Barack Obama. Oops, I recall Obama’s words, Putin is acting out of weakness. Yes, Putin deployed combat troops and aircraft into Syria out of a position of weakness — which I suppose is why Russian bombers flew at 500 ft just one mile away from our aircraft carrier in international waters off the coast of South Korea.

Wait a doggone minute! We’re conducting joint military exercises with South Korea, and Russian bombers buzzed our carrier? This is supposed to be the Russia whose economy is decimated. So Russia can buzz our carrier off the coast of South Korea. They’re deploying and establishing military bases in the Arctic. Their paramilitary forces have overrun the Crimea and taken over good portions of eastern Ukraine. Russia can deploy ships that transit along the U.S .coast heading towards Cuba and its submarines are patrolling near communications cables in the Atlantic. And don’t forget, Russia is deploying forces into Syria.

And what is happening in the United States? President Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act because he wanted more domestic spending. The Obama administration has announced another 40,000 personnel cuts to the active duty U.S. Army — but they do have three female Ranger School graduates.

The commander-in-chief has decimated our naval strength to the point that for the first time since 2007, America had no carrier battle group (CVBG) coverage in the Persian Gulf. It was “gapped” — we shared that with you here.

Of course our beloved liberal progressive detractors will rant, “So what West, you want to shoot down Russian bombers?” Nah, I want such a powerful military that they wouldn’t dare consider doing such a flagrant act of disrespect — because they would fear being shot down, kinda like the closing dogfight in “Top Gun.” Wolves only fear the sheepdog, not the sheep, and the sound you hear emanating form the White House is baa, baa, baa. Heck, they’re struggling to define what the word “combat” means.

One thing is for certain, in the world of comparative analysis, President Ronald Reagan exuded American strength, resolve, commitment, and exceptionalism — hence why a powerful aircraft carrier is named after him. Chances are President Barack Obama will have the SS Minnow renamed for his efforts as commander-in-chief.

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