Questions You Should be Asking the World Around You
Did you enter a forum last week to read about the Donald Cook fly-by incident only to find dozens of people writing:
“This isn’t news?”
“This shouldn’t be on the front page”
“This is Russian aggression, the Donald Cook should have shot them down”
“I’d rather argue in support of transgender washrooms”
Well there’s a reason for that. You see it wasn’t a victory for the Donald Cook. In fact I believe that the paid forum warriors were out in full force that week to try and hide the embarrassment that was the failed naval exercise between the Donald cook, and the Polish Navy.
According to Polish news, the Donald Cook left Gdynia Port-Poland, on April 11, and landed at Klaipeda Port-Lithuania, on April 14. A sort of “routine patrol” for the purpose of ballistic missile defense in Europe.
A normal route from Gdynia to Klaipeda takes 6 hours by sea. If you were to drive around the Russian territory of Kaliningrad, it would take about 8 hours. What the forum warriors neglected to mention was that the Cook took it’s sweet time sailing close to Kaliningrad for 3 whole days. The sort of thing an amateur thief would do casing out a job.
What they also neglected to mention was that the Donald cook was armed with the Aegis combat system, (A missile/radar system designed to launch attacks on a large scale). The Gdynia-Klaipeda patrol was essentially a simulated attack exercise with Poland on Kaliningrad.
The Donald Cook’s leadership expected a response from Kaliningrad. That was the whole reason they had multiple Polish helicopter landings on the Cook, a mere 70 km from the shore in the first place. Suffice it to say that the US admiral’s indignant accusation of Russia “behaving unprofessionally” was half baked bullshit.
The Russian jets were not armed by the way.
Now get this, here’s the funny part. Within the chain of command, starting from the Donald Cook, all the way to John Mccain’s office, it appears that even the next NATO/Euro/US Commander doesn’t know. He literally was not informed.
President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next NATO and US European Command commander, Scaparrotti was testifying before the Senate Armed Forces Committee on Thursday when he was asked by Arizona Senator John McCain if the US should reaffirm to Russia that it would take action to protect American lives.
“Sir, I believe that should be known, yes,” Scaparotti said, according to Business Insider.
Referencing the Baltic Sea incident, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly then asked if Russia should be warned that “next time it doesn’t end well for you.”
“We should engage them and make clear what’s acceptable. Once we make that known, we have to enforce it,” he said.
“I think they’re pushing the envelope in terms of our resolve. It’s absolutely reckless, it’s unjustified and it’s dangerous.”
If confirmed as NATO commander, Scaparotti stated his first course of action would be to review America’s rules of engagement for the region.
I admit, this is a bit late as far as happenings go, but I thought it would be an interesting read just in case they mention it again later on.
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