Two Russian attack planes and one Russian helicopter flew dangerously close to the U.S.S. Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea on Monday and Tuesday, according to defense officials quoted by NBC News and multiple additional media outlets.
According to U.S. officials, the Cook was operating 70 miles from Russia in international waters when the aircraft buzzed the ship in one of the “most aggressive” acts by the Russians in some time. The Telegraph reported that one official even said the warplanes were carrying out a “simulated attack profile.”
The White House called Russia’s tactics “entirely inconsistent with the professional norms of militaries operating in proximity to each other” and noted the “repeated incidents over the last year where the Russian military has… come close enough to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns.”
White House Press Secretary John Earnest did not mention any specific actions being taken by the administration, but assured the public they “continue to be concerned about this behavior.”
Well as long as they’re concerned…
The truth is, this administration has shown itself to be woefully unconcerned about defending American liberty—abroad and at home.
Politico published an article today in which the author describes how Russian aggression in Ukraine caught the U.S. government flat-footed, both from a technological and manpower perspective: “While Russian President Vladimir Putin undertook an aggressive military buildup, the U.S. Army actually drew up plans to shrink the active-duty force by some 40,000, from about 490,000 to 450,000 over the next several years. That plan is now in question.”
To make matters worse, the U.S. government has dedicated itself to ensuring American citizens won’t be able to defend their interests at home, either.
The President’s aggressive (though ultimately ineffective) executive actions against gun owners demonstrate his firm anti-gun position. The Department of Veteran Affairs has revoked the Second Amendment rights of hundreds of thousands of former members of the military, and the Social Security Administration has done the same for those who receive social security and disability benefits.
At a time when, according to Politico, Russia is “rebuilding its own forces to potentially counter America’s tactics,” our government is seeking to disarm perhaps the greatest deterrent to invasion: the well-armed American citizen. Russia is posing the greatest threat since the Cold War, while hundreds of Congresspeople seem more worried about banning 30-round magazines for law-abiding citizens.
Talk about misplaced priorities.
The Second Amendment is a powerful tool against foreign invasion. As this veteran of the war in Iraq explains, resistance forces equipped with even the most basic weaponry can have a profound effect on a more advanced invading army. The War for Independence illustrates the truth of this as well.
Russia may be building its forces, but as long as the Second Amendment remains intact the American people have the chance to defend their liberty—no matter what the government does.