What Putin Does Every 4th Of July Will Piss You Off
Always Playing Games.
This isn’t the first time that Russia was caught poking around the western coast of the United States. They were spotted around 40 miles off the coast of both California as well as Alaska numerous time, bearing “a friendly message.”
Not only did they send their biggest Russian Tu-95 Bear-H bombers capable of launching nuclear bombs, they were also accompanied by a tanker. To add insult to injury, they’ve been doing this on 4th of July since 2012.
“They are messaging us. They are messaging us that they are a global power.”-Bill Gortney, Head of Norad.
Every time radar picked them up, F-22 Raptors were immediately dispatched to intercept. No direct threats were made from either side. It’s usually a tense standoff by both sides showing each other that they’re simply there.
The last incident in 2014 involved four such Russian bombers off the southern coast of Alaska. Intercepted by Raptors yet again, two of the bombers headed west toward base, while the remaining two headed south, still flying in the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone.
This zone extends 200 miles off each coast. Once they entered the airspace of southern California, they were met with yet another escort of F-15s. Knowing they made their presence known, they too returned back to base.
The last time this happened, Putin called Obama to wish him a happy 4th while that was going on. Games, games and more games.