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‘Cold War is over’ update: WH has ‘safety concerns’ after Russian warplanes buzz U.S. destroyer

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By Doug Powers  •  April 13, 2016 09:32 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

2009-2012:

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2016:

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It was like this:

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PUTIN: “Dmitry, it’s time to buzz the tower!”
MEDVEDEV: “Yeee-haaaa!”

Look where Smart Power™ has brought us in just over seven years:

A Russian jet came within 30ft of a US destroyer conducting exercises in the Baltic Sea in what the US navy described as a “simulated attack” – one of the closest and riskiest encounters between the two countries’ armed forces in recent years.

The US navy released photos and videos showing Russian SU-24 fighter jets flying low over the sea and “buzzing” the USS Donald Cook – a destroyer of the Arleigh Burke class – which carries guided missiles and which had just made a call at the Polish port of Gdynia.

According to the US European Command (Eucom) in Stuttgart, there were a number of such close encounters on Monday and Tuesday, involving both Russian fighter jets and helicopters, while the Donald Cook was in international waters in the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Poland.

Maybe these Russian pilots just wanted U.S. sailors to tell Hillary they’re taking good care of the reset button:

The Obama White House was predictably clueless:

The incidents are “entirely inconsistent with the professional norms of militaries operating in proximity to each other in international waters and international airspace,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

“There have been repeated incidents over the last year where the Russian military, including Russian military aircraft, have come close enough to each other or have come close enough to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns, and we continue to be concerned about this behavior,” Earnest said.

“Safety concerns”? Leave it to the Obama White House to make a seriously provocative military action sound like somebody forgot to fasten the strap on his bicycle helmet.

**Written by Doug Powers

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