Provide For The Common Defense

Tu-95 Bear Bomber over Guam

I’ve loved aircraft all my life, and I think this is a very pretty picture. I also absolutely hate it. Why? Because it is a picture of a TU-95 Russian Bear bomber, and it was taken over Guam. The bear is the old Soviet equivalent (although not anywhere near parity)of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, it’s a strategic bomber, designed to carry thermonuclear devices.

Think maybe the Russians are testing us a bit?

From the source which is Vine of Life News.

Two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the western Pacific island of Guam this week in the latest sign of Moscow’s growing strategic assertiveness toward the United States. The Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and were followed by U.S. jets as they circumnavigated Guam on Feb. 12 local time—hours before President Barack Obama’s state of the union address. Air Force Capt. Kim Bender, a spokeswoman for the Pacific Air Force in Hawaii, confirmed the incident to the Washington Free Beacon and said Air Force F-15 jets based on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, “scrambled and responded to the aircraft.” “The Tu-95s were intercepted and left the area in a northbound direction. No further actions occurred,” she said. Bender said no other details would be released “for operational security reasons.” The bomber incident was considered highly unusual. Russian strategic bombers are not known to have conducted such operations in the past into the south Pacific from bomber bases in the Russian Far East, which is thousands of miles away and over water. John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador and former State Department international security undersecretary, said the Russian bomber flights appear to be part of an increasingly threatening strategic posture in response to Obama administration anti-nuclear policies.

Continue reading Bear Bombers Over Guam.

Here’s another pretty picture

5 CVN at dock in Norfolk: US Navy photo

Pretty neat, isn’t it? That’s the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), all lined up at the dock at the naval station: Norfolk.

It’s bad enough that we have five of our fleet carriers in one port at a time but, it’s inexcusable (and my understanding is that it is on direct White House orders) to have them lined up like this. Reminds me of another photo.

Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor, 07 December 1941

Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor, 07 December 1941

That one is Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941, my understanding is that the Navy was incredulous when it was told to park the CVNs like this. It’s fairly obvious why, isn’t it? Combine these three pictures and half of the navy’s power projection is at risk to one bomber getting lucky. This is not how national security is done.

My understanding is that the balloons used on the Mexican border to track traffic have been withdrawn, also.

I’m no expert but it looks to me like the US is intentionally being made very vulnerable to a first (and not very strong) strike, using sequestration as an excuse.

As the author at You Viewed/Editorial observed.

So the Obama administration shirks the one true responsibility of the Federal government ,  ” to provide for the common defense” in order to continue the advancement of the entitlement state … got to have those Obamaphones and free wireless for the “oppressed” but fuel for the Navy … not so much .

Continue reading “Provide For The Common Defense” … Unless It Interferes With Freebies | YouViewed/Editorial.

You have noted that the campaigner-in Chief’s salary and expense account are exempt from sequestration didn’t you. 


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