President Donald Trump’s airstrikes on an airfield of the Assad regime (which is backed by Russia) after their alleged use of chemical weapons should’ve put something of a dent in the “Trump/Russia” conspiracy theories, but this story should put the final nail in the coffin.
According to Fox News, For the second consecutive night, Russia flew two long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska, this time coming within 36 miles of the mainland while flying north of the Aleutian Islands, two U.S. officials told Fox News.
The two nuclear-capable Tu-95H bombers were spotted by U.S. military radar at 5 p.m. local time. Unlike a similar incident Monday night, this time the U.S. Air Force did not scramble any fighter jets.
Instead, it launched a single E-3 Sentry early warning aircraft, known as AWACS, to make sure there were only the two Russian bombers flying near Alaska, and not other aircraft flying underneath the large bombers.
This came after a bizarre piece of Russian propaganda published yesterday which claimed that Russia could disable the entire U.S. Navy in one fell swoop by using electronic signal jamming. The propaganda also claims that in 2014, a single Russian war plane flew around the USS Donald Book in the Black Sea, disabling its systems and leaving it helpless. Similar claims made in past Russian propaganda, such as one back in 2015 that Russia chased a US destroyer out of the Crimean Peninsula (after “forgetting” what happened in the Black Sea) quickly turned out to be bogus.
Is Russia now trying to send a message to Trump following his strike in Syria? Are they testing our response time? Time will tell.
Meanwhile, Rachel Maddow is frantically trying to figure out how this proves Trump is in cahoots with the Russians.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]