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Perception of American weakness invites Russian aggression

Christopher Harris

Back in March of 1983, THAT DUDE, THE President Ronald W. Reagan, addressed the nation from the Oval Office, and gave a speech on “Defense & National Security”. In that speech, he famously said, “The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression–to preserve freedom and peace.” Thirty years later, President Reagan is continually being proven to be right.

USS Donald Cook - Buzzed by Russian Jet - UA edit

According to officials from the Department of Defense, on Monday, April 14, 2014, during a 90-minute encounter in the western Black Sea, a Russian SU-24 fighter jet made a dozen low passes — ranging from sea level to several thousand feet — near a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook. The crew of the Donald Cook made several attempts to communicate with the supersonic, all-weather Russian attack aircraft, to determine its intentions, and even tried to warn the pilot to stay away, and that his actions were “provocative and unprofessional”, but the pilot never responded.

The plane did not appear to be carrying any air-to-surface weaponry, and oddly enough, despite the potential threat, the Donald Cook did not go to “battle stations”. Even though no violence occurred, the actions of the Russian pilot were in direct violation of many international protocols.

Back during his 1984 re-election campaign, Ronald Reagan’s camp ran an advertisement with a bear walking through the woods, and in an ominous voice, the narrator said, “There is a bear in the woods. For some people, the bear is easy to see. Others don’t see it at all. Some people say the bear is tame. Others say it’s vicious and dangerous. Since no one can really be sure who’s right, isn’t it smart to be as strong as the bear? If there is a bear.…”  Seems to me that THE BEAR IS BACK!!

Russian Bear is back - UA edit

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