Throughout recorded American history, our fighting forces have long been thought of with respect and fear. One of the very things that made this nation great was the United States’ ability to project force; what made it even greater was that we were not willing to use it to acquire lands and resources. Sadly, I think the world no longer looks at us as a military power to be feared. I blame this on the weak demeanor of the president and those who help him make the decisions when it comes to the use of military force. We now project ourselves as a country that is getting weaker and will tolerate just about anything short of actually firing at us. That is a sad state of affairs for a country whose military power is a big part of what makes it great.
First of all, let me go on record as saying all life is precious and I don’t like to see any armed conflicts – but I also believe that a few well timed missiles in response to aggressive taunting may save countless lives. Why? Because failing to act may lead those who are testing us into starting much bigger conflicts. There is no better example than Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine; it was an event that was only lightly protested by those in the USA and the West. Since that time, Putin and Russia started and supported an armed conflict in Ukraine and have also gone into Syria. In Syria they leveled the opposition and anybody else in the path of their mostly unguided bombs (estimated at over 80% of the Russian munitions dropped), of which only 14% were directed at ISIS which is who Russia stated they were there to fight.
There have been several incidents of Russian and Chinese aircraft buzzing our armed forces in the last year to try to scare us and test our resolve too. The latest incident with the Russians involved one of our newest guided missile destroyers, the USS Donald Cook, which was participating in Baltic Sea landing exercises. Two Russian SU-24 fighters made several low altitude high speed passes that brought them within 100 feet of the ship at times.
After the incident took place, Secretary of State John Kerry strongly warned the Russian’s that we would not be intimidated on the high seas and went on to add that shooting down the Russian jets by those sailors on the Cook would have been justified. Even the commander who is about to take over NATO and the U.S. European Command, Army General Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti, stated that he believed a strongly worded message should be sent to the Russians warning that further incidents of that nature would be met with force.
I sometimes wonder what would have happened if some fat, chubby faced boy who lives like a king while his country is one of the poorest in the world threatened to nuke the United States while Ronald Reagan or JFK was president. I have a feeling it would be something a lot harsher than sanctions. The United States has been ‘pushed’ around and taunted too much lately and maybe now it’s time to ‘shove’ back a little.
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