Russian strategic bombers–yes the ones that carry hydrogen bombs–have been probing European, Canadian and American borders just like they did back in the cold war. Bombers have even gone as far as Guam in the Pacific and the Caribbean in the Atlantic.
Why is Russia doing this? The strategic answer is that Russia feels America and NATO have intruded into the Russian sphere of influence in Ukraine and so it’s going to interfere in ours.
The tactical answer is that after we get tired of chasing Russian aircraft around the world’s oceans they can then launch a real attack on our dozing defences. This is standard military thinking.
And that’s the point: Russia is now thinking militarily about issues that should have been dealt with at the conference table.
NATO and the West should have given Russia the buffer zone it desperately wants and that includes Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries. The fact we have pushed NATO to the east means we have pushed Russia to the wall.
Why? What’s in it for us?
Why are we goading Russia, ruining its economy and insulting its leaders? What is the benefit to the West of ruining a great country? Are we trying to destroy Russia so Western companies can go in and reap the rewards of conquest?
If that’s the case, we’ve made a mistake.
Russia is a great country. It won’t go down without a fight. It won’t surrender to us any more than the Soviet Union wouldn’t surrender to Germany. It will fight if it has to.
Those Russian bombers will turn gradually from their assigned path in the Atlantic and Pacific and launch cruise missiles at America’s defences. Large mushroom shaped clouds will billow up from America’s strategic force bases and missile silos.
And we caused it.