You negotiate peace with your boot on your enemy’s throat.
You don’t give a bully your lunch money, you punch him in the nose.
Speak softly and carry a big stick.
“A Russian jet came within 20 feet of a Navy surveillance aircraft as it flew in international airspace over the Baltic Sea …” (1)
“Tuesday’s intercept follows a January incident, when a Su-27 flew within 5 feet of a EP-3 Aries spy plane flying in international airspace over the
Black Sea, forcing the American aircraft to fly through
the Russian jet’s flight wash.” (1)
“A similar incident occurred in late November, when another P-8 was left in another Russian jet’s afterburners, causing that P-8 to roll 15 degrees and experience what the Navy dubbed “violent turbulence.” (1)
- Russian jets have made extremely low level passes over US destroyers.
- Iran has seized US boats and crews
- China has harassed US cruisers
- China has seized US unmanned vehicles
- Russia has annexed Crimea
- Russia has proxy-invaded Ukraine
- China has seized the South China Sea in a fait accompli
- Iran has resumed nuclear enrichment
- NKorea continues its nuclear ballistic missile development
- Iran has shot down US aircraft
- Iran has mined tankers
I’ve heard some people say, stop your whining, this is just the way the cold war game is played. That would be fine except that only one side seems to be playing. We don’t seem to be playing and the lack of response is destabilizing the world. Our appeasement and passivity is encouraging Russia, China, NKorea, and Iran to step up their territorial seizures and harassments.
We have been speaking softly for far too long and our stick has become a twig. No one is listening and no one fears our stick.
Just as in football (real football, not that soccer crap!), where you run to set up the pass and pass to set up the run, we need to use the stick to maximize the effectiveness of our speech.
We need to begin using the stick.
(1)Navy Times website, “Report: Russian jet buzzeshttps://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2018/05/01/report-russian-jet-buzzes-us-spy-plane-over-baltic-sea/
spy plane over US Baltic
Sea”, Geoff Ziezulewicz, 1-May-2018,