Vladimir Putin’s Russia proves time and again it is not America’s ally. Too bad President Barack Obama can’t seem to figure that out.
Reports are emerging that the Russian president had some Fourth of July fun at Obama’s expense earlier this month.
While many Americans were enjoying barbecues and beaches, U.S. Air Force pilots were ordered to intercept Russian Bear bombers – planes capable of carrying nuclear weapons – flying too close for comfort along the California coast.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command confirmed to Fox News that U.S. pilots received a message from a Russian pilot during the interception:
“Good morning, American pilots. We are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day,” the message said.
As if that weren’t ominous enough, a nearly identical and simultaneous incident occurred in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone, Fox reported.
Russian bombers never entered U.S. airspace, but were in areas where the U.S. military has said they would be intercepted.
To add insult to injury, Putin reportedly called Obama to wish him a happy Fourth of July while the incidents were occurring.
The Russians have been ramping up their taunts during Obama’s “progressive” presidency.
Fox News’ Leland Vittert reported, “In 2014, 10 times, U.S. fighter jets were scrambled to intercept Russian Bear bombers near Alaska. One hundred times they were scrambled in Europe.”
“That’s two to three times the number of incidents that happened in 2013,” he said.
Vittert added that these are “the largest and most aggressive actions by the Russians we have seen since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.”
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