14 Apr 2014

White House Warns: There Will Be Costs for Russia’s “Series of Provocations” (Comic)

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The White House is talking big:

White House press secretary Jay Carney called a Russian fighter jet’s buzzing of a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Black Sea one of a series of Russian “provocations” and threatened that there would be costs for Moscow’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.

“I can assure you that Russia’s provocations and further transgressions will come with a cost,” he said. “Certainly if they go further down the road in attempting to destabilize Ukraine … the costs will continue to grow.”

I wrote about the Russian pilot earlier here.

Is there any reason to think Russia is worried about these “costs.?”

What could Obama possibly do?  Sanctions?

I’m certain Putin could care less what Obama’s White House thinks.  In fact, I think that conversation would look a little like this:

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To paraphrase Morgan Freeman in Seven, “Putin has the upper hand.”

Obama hasn’t done anything to show he’ll take a stand.  In fact, he’s promised to be “more flexible” this term.

The only surprising thing is that more countries aren’t pulling stunts like this.

14 Apr 2014

Reset: Russian Fighter Buzzed U.S. Guided Missile Destroyer

By |April 14th, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

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I imagine he’s laughing because this was so, so stupid.

I can’t wait for Hillary to run for president.  Seriously, I hope she does.  

She’s about as flawed a candidate as the Democrats could run.  Let her run on her experience as Secretary of State.  I’m more than happy to remind everyone of her “Reset button” moment, and then point out how well that worked out.

For example:

A Russian attack warplane engaged in “provocative action” when it repeatedly buzzed a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer in the western Black Sea on Saturday, U.S. military officials tell NBC News.

According to officials, in a 90-minute encounter, the Russian SU-24 fighter jet made a dozen low passes — ranging from sea level to several thousand feet — near the USS Donald Cook.

The crew aboard the Donald Cook made several attempts to radio the Russian warplane asking the pilot what were his intentions and sending warnings to remain at a safe distance, but the Russian pilot never responded.

Perhaps he didn’t respond by radio, but I’m pretty sure the pilot responded.  

Remember that scene from Top Gun…yeah, it was like that.

24 Mar 2014

BOOM: Romney Unloads on Obama’s “Naivete” (Video)

By |March 24th, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

“Should we have known this?”

Um, Romney did.

5 Jan 2012

Obama To Congress: “So, I’m Just Gonna Give These Missile Secrets to Russia Then.”

By |January 5th, 2012|The Blog|1 Comment|

As Jim Hoft notes at Gateway Pundit, this last November, our pals the Soviets Russians (same difference) announced they were going to maybe, I don’t know, target U.S. missile defense sites:

Russia threatened on Wednesday to deploy missiles to target the U.S. missile shield in Europe if Washington fails to assuage Moscow’s concerns about its plans, a harsh warning that reflected deep cracks in U.S.-Russian ties despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to “reset” relations with the Kremlin.

President Dmitry Medvedev said he still hopes for a deal with the U.S. on missile defense, but he strongly accused Washington and its NATO allies of ignoring Russia’s worries. He said Russia will have to take military countermeasures if the U.S. continues to build the shield without legal guarantees that it will not be aimed against Russia.

In response, President Obama decided it would be best if America simply shared secrets about the missile tech so the Russians would see it’s limitations, as long as they promise not to go sharing those secrets with anyone.

Officials from the State Department and Missile Defense Agency have discussed the idea of providing the SM-3 data to the Russians as part of the so-far fruitless missile-defense talks with Moscow, headed in part of by Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher, who defense officials say is a critic of U.S. missile defenses.

Their thinking is that if the Russians know the technical data, it will help allay Moscow’s fears that the planned missile defenses in Europe would be used against Russian ICBMs. Officials said current SM-3s are not fast enough to catch long-range Russian missiles, but a future variant may have some anti-ICBM capabilities.

The president also must certify to Congress that Russia will not share the secrets with other states and that it will not help Russia “to develop countermeasures” to U.S. defenses.

Great. A “promise” with a Russian head of state. What’s that worth these days?

So, just to recap, after trying to reset relations with the USSR Russians, the smartest president in the history of carbon has decided it might be best to surrender missile secrets to our one time enemy after they threatened to target our military for destruction, but only as long as they don’t go sharing those secrets with anyone else.

Sounds like nothing has changed in the Democrat’s Guide to Foreign Policy.

1 Mar 2011

Somali Pirates Hold Over 600 Hostages and 29 Ships

By |March 1st, 2011|The Blog|1 Comment|

I heard about this on The War Room with Quinn and Rose this morning, but couldn’t believe it.

Why is this being allowed to continue?

Increasing ransoms for captured ships and crew appear to have given pirates even more incentives to launch attacks despite stepped-up patrols by an international flotilla of warships.

With Wednesday’s release and capture, pirates now hold at least 29 ships and 660 hostages.

Are you kidding me?

How is it that this is tolerated? Why are these pirates not room temperature?

This is really quite hard to believe.

It’s also hard to believe how the United Nations has hamstrung the merchant vessels who have to travel in that area:

The international law allows merchant ships to carry small arms for self defense if that is necessary for their freedom to traverse and navigate. They are also allowed to hire guards and private security. However, it does state that the precautions taken for safety should be proportional to the possible threat that could be faced.

The laws and restrictions are all placed under the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). In the event of a pirate attack, the law allows the crew of the vessel to use the required force to resist the attack. But, it also states a guideline that warning shots must be fired by the victim ship. The guideline states that the ship hiring professional security, or arming the crew with weapons must have a suitable amount of knowledge on the usage and the requirement of lethal or the non-lethal weapons. They must know how to reaction in the situation.

I don’t know anyone with a brain who would hire security for a ship traveling near Somalia when said security didn’t have “suitable amount of knowledge on the usage and the requirement of lethal or the non-lethal weapons.” And this non-sense about firing a warning shot. Who exactly is going to press that issue? The pirates?

“Well, obviously we have a sharp shooter here off the coast of Somalia. He’s targeting your crew members, picking them off one by one, so hide your first mate, hide your deck hand, and hide your skipper too, ’cause they shooting everybody out here!”

Why are we still playing around with these people? If pirates shoot at your ship, smoke them! Take out their dingy and let them swim home, if they make it. After all, those pirates that messed with Russia didn’t make it back to shore.

Pity. Perhaps in this case, the world should look to Russia as a role model.

Update:

Linked at The Right Sphere and Liberty Pundits. Thanks, guys.

28 Jun 2010

While Obama Eats Burgers with Russian President, Justice Department Busy Arresting 10 Russian Spies

By |June 28th, 2010|The Blog|0 Comments|

The image I assume we are supposed to get is that President Obama has bridged the gap between the United States and Russia created during the Cold War. The videos of Obama and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev grabbing a burger at Ray’s Hell Burger is supposed to create the message that, “Hey, things have changed. We’re tight now.”

Then 10 spies have to go and ruin everything:

(AP) – The Justice Department says 10 Russian intelligence officers have been arrested for allegedly serving as illegal agents of the Russian government in the United States.

Eight of the people were arrested Sunday for allegedly carrying out long-term, deep cover assignments in the United States

As Steven Tawney writes at The American Pundit, “Clearly that reset button wasn’t pushed down hard enough.”

Perhaps he should have taken Medvedev to Five Guys instead…or maybe there’s another person he should be sharing his fries with.

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11 May 2010

Ten Somali Pirates Mysteriously Die After Russians Release Them

By |May 11th, 2010|The Blog|4 Comments|

Ten Somali pirates that were held by Russia strangely disappeared after they were released.

It seems they just disappeared:

A Russian official claimed that 10 pirates seized by Russian special forces aboard an oil tanker last week were quickly freed but then died on their way back to the Somali coast.

The unidentified high-ranking Defense Ministry official did not elaborate on how the pirates died, deepening a mystery that has prompted speculation the pirates were executed by commandos who had freed a Russian oil tanker seized in waters 500 miles (800 kilometers) east of Somalia’s coast.

The official told Russian news agencies the pirates’ boat disappeared from Russian radar about an hour after their release.

“They could not reach the coast and, apparently, have all died,” the official said.

If that isn’t enough to make you sit back and say, “Hmm…I wonder if those Ruskie son of a guns had anything to do with that,” then consider what Dmitry Medvedev said:

“We’ll have to do what our forefathers did when they met the pirates” until the international community comes up with a legal way of prosecuting them, Dmitry Medvedev said on the day the ship was stormed.

I’m thinking they didn’t catch and release back in the good ole days. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m picking up a subtle, not so hidden agenda. Something like:

“To the rest of the rag tag, Somali pirate nation – don’t try that crap again. You see this flag?

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You see it again, and choose to run up the Jolly Roger and you join your pirate buddies in Davy Jones’ locker.”

Or at least the equivalent Russian expressions of a serious lack of tolerance for piracy.

UPDATE: Linked at doubleplusundead. Thanks alexthechick!

4 Aug 2009

Russian Subs Patrolling…No Kidding

By |August 4th, 2009|The Blog|0 Comments|

Drudge has this bright red headline on his site now:

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Drudge links to the New York Times, but here is the AP version.

Of course, the first thought is “HOLY CRAP!”

But then, I thought to myself, “Uh, yeah. What else do you think Russian subs would be doing?”

There is a vast history of sub wars that most Americans don’t know about but is chronicled in the book “Blind Man’s Bluff:  The Untold Story of Cold War Submarine Espionage.”

To think that Russian subs haven’t been trolling around America since Great Bear fell in 1991 is really rather naive. The more dangerous thing is that now the Russians want all Americans to know they are there, and are waiting for the response by the current administration.

I bet he sends another “overcharged button.”

Update:

Freeper gramho12 has a picture:

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That’s, um, well, that’s a bit…is that a skier behind that thing?!