News of two F-22s being scrambled out of Hawaii hit social media on Tuesday, and many people on the fruited plain were rather puzzled. What on earth could be going on that we would need to send stealth fighters to respond.
Well, as it turns out, the day before sleazy, creepy Joe Biden was set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian Navy was hanging out not too far away from Pearl Harbor in the Pacific Ocean.
Russian ships are conducting the largest military exercises since the Cold War off the coast of Hawaii, sending the US Air Force scrambling hours before President Biden meets Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The exercises, conducted by the Russian navy in the Pacific Ocean 300 to 500 miles west of Hawaii, include long-range bombers, surface ships, and anti-submarine aircraft.
The US Air Force scrambled F-22 stealth fighters from Hawaii in response to the exercises.
The bombers, US officials said Tuesday, did not enter the Air Defense Identification Zone and were not intercepted.
That is definitely within striking distance for airplanes off of carriers and missiles if the Russians were of a mind to really cause trouble.
As it is, if they were in International Waters, there’s not much the United States can do about it other than keep an eye on them and take appropriate defensive action that will not provoke them any further.
Moscow has continued to flex its military muscle in Ukraine and in the Black Sea in recent months — along with its warning to the US to back off, which caused Biden to turn two US warships around in April that were headed there.
Biden declared a national emergency that month, slapping sanctions on more than three dozen people in Russia and expelling 10 diplomats.
That certainly did not help matters between the nations.
At any rate, the Russians doing military exercises within striking distance of Pearl Harbor puts those F-22s in perspective.
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