Nuclear Bombers Dangerously Close to US Airspace

Nuclear Bombers Dangerously Close to US Airspace

During the election, Donald Trump spoke very highly of Vladimir Putin and it seemed that the United States was bound for a cozy relationship with Russia, despite their constant human rights abuses. But once Trump took office, that seemed to change, with Trump defying Putin on Syria and coming out against Assad. And now, it seems that Russia is retaliating.

Beginning this week, the Russian military has been infiltrating United States airspace. Specifically, Russian bear bombers and spy planes have been buzzing Alaskan airspace in four separate incidents. Wednesday night, two Russian spy planes, Ilyushin IL-38s, flew near the Aleutian Islands in the Bering Sea, spending a few hours in the United States Air Defense Zone before leaving.

Then, Thursday night, two Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bombers flew into both Alaskan and Canadian airspace, spending several hours in each. These planes are even more worrying, as they are long-range nuclear-capable aircraft. A NORAD spokesman said that two U.S. Air Force F-22 fighter jets intercepted the bombers, but did not give any more information.

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So far, it is not known how close the Russian jets came to the Alaskan mainland. The Pentagon says that they believe the Russian military has been testing United States military response to their bombers. The aggression comes less than a week after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that relations between the United States and Russia had reached a “low point.” It has been almost two years since Russia has tried a stunt like this — in 2015, a pair of Russian bombers flew within 40 miles of the California coast.

So how should Donald Trump handle this? In John Hawkins’ new book ‘101 Things All Young Adults Should Know’, he teaches to be nice until it’s time to not be nice.

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Clearly, it’s time to stop playing nice with Russia. How do you think Trump should respond?

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