Russian planes buzz US carrier while White House insists no new cold war

Never fear.  "Smart diplomacy" will protect us from the Russian bear. 

And Vladimir Putin's newfound boldness in challenging the U.S. at every turn has nothing to do with the weakness demonstrated by President Obama across the board.

Case in point: Russian bombers flew within a mile of the aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan while the ship was conducting a joint exercise with South Korea.  The Ronald Reagan scrambled four F-18s after radioing the Russian planes to veer off and receiving no response.  The Russian planes were then escorted to a safe distance.

Meanwhile, at the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest downplayed the incident.

Washington Examiner:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest downplayed the incident by saying nothing serious escalated because both militaries were operating in international space.

Unlike "incursions on the sovereignty of other countries," such as Turkey and some Baltic States that the United States condemned, "this was a little bit different than that," Earnest said on Thursday. The incident in this case involved Russian planes that flew close to the USS Ronald Reagan while it engaged in a joint exercise with South Korea in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday.

"This was in international waters and international air space," Earnest said. It "did not result in a significant confrontation" because both militaries mostly conformed to international norms for such situations.

"This was not a particularly threatening encounter," Earnest continued. "Again, it was in international waters and once the U.S. military aircraft were launched, the Russia military aircraft was escorted away."

No worries, nothing to see here, move along...

Earnest sounds very comforting.  Unfortunately, the captain of the Ronald Reagan had no such luxury.  Things look very different when you have Russian bombers bearing down on your ship a mile away.

If the encounter wasn't "threatening," why did the carrier scramble interceptors?  The White House keeps insisting we're not in a cold war.  But you have to wonder: has anyone told Putin that? 

Never fear.  "Smart diplomacy" will protect us from the Russian bear. 

And Vladimir Putin's newfound boldness in challenging the U.S. at every turn has nothing to do with the weakness demonstrated by President Obama across the board.

Case in point: Russian bombers flew within a mile of the aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan while the ship was conducting a joint exercise with South Korea.  The Ronald Reagan scrambled four F-18s after radioing the Russian planes to veer off and receiving no response.  The Russian planes were then escorted to a safe distance.

Meanwhile, at the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest downplayed the incident.

Washington Examiner:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest downplayed the incident by saying nothing serious escalated because both militaries were operating in international space.

Unlike "incursions on the sovereignty of other countries," such as Turkey and some Baltic States that the United States condemned, "this was a little bit different than that," Earnest said on Thursday. The incident in this case involved Russian planes that flew close to the USS Ronald Reagan while it engaged in a joint exercise with South Korea in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday.

"This was in international waters and international air space," Earnest said. It "did not result in a significant confrontation" because both militaries mostly conformed to international norms for such situations.

"This was not a particularly threatening encounter," Earnest continued. "Again, it was in international waters and once the U.S. military aircraft were launched, the Russia military aircraft was escorted away."

No worries, nothing to see here, move along...

Earnest sounds very comforting.  Unfortunately, the captain of the Ronald Reagan had no such luxury.  Things look very different when you have Russian bombers bearing down on your ship a mile away.

If the encounter wasn't "threatening," why did the carrier scramble interceptors?  The White House keeps insisting we're not in a cold war.  But you have to wonder: has anyone told Putin that?