Putin is going to keep pushing Obama. The more he senses weakness, the harder he’s going to push. The Taliban release only emboldens America’s enemies further.
A pivot to Asia means that you have to back up your words. If you have a history of talking the talk on Syria and Ukraine, but not walking the walk, your enemies will push to humiliate you by calling your bluff. And they can’t be stopped with a hashtag or accusations of racism or EPA regulations.
A Russian Su-27 jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Pacific northeast recently in an aerial clash not seen since the Cold War.
An Air Force RC-135 electronic intelligence jet was flying a surveillance run some 60 miles off the Russian Far East coast, north of Japan, on April 23 when the incident occurred, according to defense officials familiar with the incident.
The Su-27 flew to follow the RC-135, and at one point rolled sideways to reveal its air-to-air missile before flying within 100 feet of the cockpit in an attempt to unnerve the crew.
A defense official said the incident was a “reckless intercept” and one of the most dangerous aerial encounters for a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft since the Cold War.
The RC-135 flight was part of Air Force efforts to increase regional spying under the U.S. pivot to Asia.
Which will lead to more intercepts, until eventually a plane is taken down. Bush handled that one disastrously and Obama will handle it even worse.
So get ready for the next crisis.