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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Obama draws a red line for Putin--just kidding

President Obama told Russia's NATO ambassador that we will shoot down any military fighter jet that postures in a threatening manner at our naval fleet.

Oh wait, it was actually Russia's ambassador to NATO who vowed that they would respond to future incidents with "all necessary measures," if we attempt to defend ourselves when they attempt to intimidate us. 

He didn't mention the last part, but that's what it amounts to since Russia had flown threatening "fly bys" by the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea.

Obama would never say anything so bellicose--he's the commander in chief of flower power.

Alexander Grushko spoke after the NATO-Russia council in Brussels. The meeting included the "Russian Grush" and other members from the 28 NATO states. Typical of government workers, nothing major was accomplished. 

To cover his butt, Grushko told the media, "It's better to talk than not to talk." He said that relationships between Russia and NATO would not improve "without real steps on NATO's side to downgrade military activity in the area adjacent to the Russian Federation."

He may have been making veiled threats to the Obama administration because, like dogs licking themselves, he knows he can. Grushko told reporters that the USS Cook's presence in the Baltic Sea was a NATO attempt "to exercise military pressure on Russia," and added, "we will take all necessary measures, precautions, to compensate for these attempts to use military force."

Useless Secretary of State John "Plugs" Kerry in an attempt to impress his incredibly wealthy wife, said the Cook could have opened fire on the jets based on the threat the Russians implied by their posture.

Due to Russia's annexation of the Crimean, NATO has stopped practical cooperation with them. The other factor for NATO was its negative view of Russia's support for the insurgency in eastern Ukraine.