- - Thursday, April 21, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The massive loss of life on and damage to the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen in October 2000 by Islamist suicide bombers seems to have escaped the attention of our president. President Obama had his bluff called in the Middle East over a “red line” in the sand. Now Russia is harassing our Navy war ships and small craft in the Baltic Sea and international waters of the Gulf. Iran is stopping and boarding our riverine patrol boats to show the Gulf states that under the Obama administration, America is not a reliable world power.

Russia does not bluff, as we know from having witnessed its shooting down of a Malaysian passenger jet in Ukraine and its recent, full-throttle fly-by of our Guided Missile Destroyer in the Baltic Sea. That ship has two 20-millimeter, fully automated Gatling guns mounted on it intended to shoot down those aircraft before the ship is destroyed in an unexpected attack.

Mr. President, what are you waiting for before you will act — blood and oil on the water?

SHAWN HAUSER

Sharonville, Ohio


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