Amongst campaign debates in 2012, Romney warned that Russia was America’s greatest threat, but these cautions were only met by mockery from Obama. As it turns out, new fears of a nuclear attack are surfacing as Russian bombers have penetrated U.S. airspace 16 times within the past 10 days.
Back during the 2012 debates, Obama laughed off Romney’s concerns regarding Russia being America’s biggest strategic threat saying:
A few months ago, when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia. Not al Qaeda; you said Russia. The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.
Now however, as Obama’s weak foreign policy has been allowed to fester long enough, tensions between both Russia and America are quickly approaching Cold War levels – and Putin’s latest acts only further go to prove that.
(See also: Obama Bombs Iraq)
According to Major Beth Smith, a spokeswoman for NORAD, “Over the past week, NORAD has visually identified Russian aircraft operating in and around the U.S. air defense identification zones.” Bill Gertz, who broke the story for the Washington Free Beacon, explained the instances the, “latest case of nuclear saber rattling by the Russians.”
Perhaps spreading the most fear of nuclear attack however has been these occurrences along with the fact that Russia has, “also violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1987 signed by Reagan and Gorbachev by testing a nuclear cruise missile,” according to Western Journalism.
Furthermore, head of US Strategic Command, Admiral Cecil Haney, has come forward to express a growing concern regarding Russia and its participation in many “war games” just last May. He explained:
[W]e have seen significant Russian strategic aircraft deployments in the vicinity of places like Japan, Korea, and even our West Coast.
Haney additionally went on to say:
Russia continues to modernize its strategic capabilities across all legs of its triad, and open source [reporting] has recently cited the sea trials of its latest [missile submarine], testing of its newest air-launched cruise missile and modernization of its intercontinental ballistic force to include its mobile capability in that area.
Obviously Russian bombers circling U.S. skies presents enough of a threat in and of itself, but along with the added capability, of air-launched guided cruise missiles with nuclear capabilities, well, I think you get the point. Gertz also added that an anonymous official relayed to him, “These are not just training missions,” and that Russia is clearly, “trying to test our air defense reactions, or our command and control systems.”
Feel free to let us know – are you at all concerned?