Columnist: “The Bear is back” • Fred Johnson
The Cold War is supposed to be over. The Berlin Wall came down over 20 years ago as the Soviet Union collapsed. But the Russian bear is coming back in more ways than one. It started last July 4th when two Russian Tu-95 Bear H bombers were intercepted by our fighters as they approached our strategic missile defense site at Fort Greely, Alaska. The Tu-95 Bear are strategic bombers equipped with nuclear tipped cruise missiles. Within two weeks, another flight of the strategic bombers was intercepted as it approached our missile defense site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Last week, within hours of President Obama’s state of the union address, two Russian bombers were intercepted as they approached our Air Force Base in Guam.
Not only is the Russian Air Force flexing their muscles, the Russian Navy announced in January that they are sending naval vessels to the Mediterranean Sea near Syria to conduct Naval Exercises.
The Russian Foreign Minister refused to accept phone calls from our new Secretary of State, John Kerry for over two weeks. Russia said that the Foreign Minister was very busy.
The response from the U.S. was announced in President Obama’s state of the union address where he said that he wants to reduce our nuclear arsenal unilaterally.
John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador and former State Department international security undersecretary said this; “Every day brings new evidence that Obama’s ideological obsession with dismantling our nuclear deterrent is dangerous. Our national security is in danger of slipping off the national agenda even as the threats grow.”
Why we are dismantling our nuclear arsenal while Russia is flexing their muscles, Iran is going full force developing a nuclear bomb and North Korea is testing both nuclear bombs and the missile to carry the warhead to the United States?
If you know the answer to that, maybe you can also tell me why the U.S. is supplying F-16 Fighters to Egypt.
Printed in the February 21, 2013 edition