The Ukraine crisis has everyone discussing the possibility of a World War 3 or at least a Cold War 2 lately, but now Vladimir Putin has raised the bar on his saber rattling by sending Russian bombers to California and Alaska while armed with Russia's nuclear weapons. Worse, some U.S. defense officials believe these 16 flights are "not just training missions."
In a related report by The Inquisitr, when Russian tanks invaded Ukraine and Russian bombers buzzed the U.S. coast, the response by Putin was to dismiss the possibility of war as "Russophobia propaganda." But now some leaders in the U.S. government are claiming that another Cold War 2 has already begun.
Unfortunately, this may be the attitude within the Russian government, as well. Recently, Paul Craig Roberts, former editor of the Wall Street Journal, wrote an article he simply titled as "War Is Coming." In this article, Roberts noted how even advisers to Putin seem to believe World War 3 is around the corner:
"[T]he Russian response to the extra-legal ruling of a corrupt court in the Netherlands, which had no jurisdiction over the case on which it ruled, awarding $50 billion dollars from the Russian government to shareholders of Yukos, a corrupt entity that was looting Russia and evading taxes, is telling. Asked what Russia would do about the ruling, an advisor to President Putin replied, 'There is a war coming in Europe.' Do you really think this ruling matters?"This would explain why Russian bombers "conducted at least 16 incursions into northwestern U.S. air defense identification zones over the past 10 days." U.S. fighter jets were scrambled in order to intercept Tu-95 Russian Bear H bombers, Tu-142 Bear F maritime reconnaissance aircraft, and one IL-20 intelligence collection aircraft. According to the Russian Defense Ministry a Russian Tu-95 bomber "is capable of destroying the critical stationary assets of an enemy with cruise missiles, in daytime and nighttime, in any weather and in any part of the globe."
Major Beth Smith, spokeswoman for U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), says, "Over the past week, NORAD has visually identified Russian aircraft operating in and around the U.S. air defense identification zones." There were even flights that went into Canadian airspace. Smith believes this "spike in activity" should be considered training missions or exercises and should not be considered an actual threat by Russia's nuclear weapons.
But the Washington Free Beacon reports that other unnamed defense officials disagree with this official public announcement by the NORAD spokesperson. Instead, they say the Russian bombers are "trying to test our air defense reactions, or our command and control systems," and that "these are not just training missions."
Admiral Cecil Haney, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, also says that Russia's nuclear weapons capabilities are being increased by Putin in response to the Ukraine crisis:
"Russia continues to modernize its strategic capabilities across all legs of its triad, and open source [reporting] has recently cited the sea trials of its latest [missile submarine], testing of its newest air-launched cruise missile and modernization of its intercontinental ballistic force to include its mobile capability in that area."Are you concerned the Ukraine crisis could cause World War 3 at least revert the world to Cold War status?