Obama has been successful in resetting the Cold War though I believe the reset plan was to launch a positive, working relationship with Russia.
Putin wants to go back to a time when Russia ruled over the Soviet Union and threatened world peace.
In 2007, Russia sent strategic bombers over Guam, home to a strategic military base. At the time, the Russians said they were reviving their practice of sending young Russian crews to meet their counterparts and say “Hi and exchange smiles.”
The “friendly” hello lasted 13 hours and according to US officials no visual contact was made.
US jets followed the bombers. The bomber incident was considered highly unusual because of its proximity to a US base.
Source: Paraphrased from the Washington Free Beacon:
Last week, two Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles circumnavigated Guam on Feb. 12 local time—hours before President Barack Obama’s state of the union address. Again US jets followed the bombers.
Prior to this there were two other incursions since June alone. One was over Alaska and another near California. [July 4th Alaska flyover]
The incidents are not standard practice and the latest incident over Guam was a serious effort at simulating a nuclear attack on the US. Guam is home to two bombers, a submarine and a long-range drone. It is home to 200 Marines.
Guam is a strategic military base for our country as Obama pivots to Asia. The base has become a target of China, North Korea and Russia.
Guam also plays a role in a Pentagon strategy, the Air-Sea Battle Concept, set up to counter China’s precision guided missiles, submarines, anti-satellite weapons and other warfighting engines to enable us to defend allies and to keep sea lanes open in that area of the world.
China has been menacing Japan, North Korea is threatening South Korea and us.
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton said the Russian bomber flights appear to be part of an increasingly threatening strategic posture in response to Obama administration anti-nuclear policies.
“Every day brings new evidence that Obama’s ideological obsession with dismantling our nuclear deterrent is dangerous,” Bolton said. “Our national security is in danger of slipping off the national agenda even as the threats grow.”
While this is something the Russians have done before, it has not been done as often because of finances. Russia began to boost military funding over the last five years.
Last week, a Russian General said we should get used to it. That was met with silence from our president.
These sorties are being done by the Russians for the same reason they have been done before – to demonstrate their assertiveness over the weakened US, especially now that President Obama is destroying our nuclear weapons, forcing sequestration through, and launching the doltish Churck Hagel into the role of Secretary of Defense.
This latest threatening action by Russia was timed with President Obama’s SOTU and took place four hours before as previously mentioned.
Last August, a Russian sub went undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for two months. [sentinel] Again, in this case, as in all of the above, the action by Russians was met with silence by our president.
Meanwhile, Iran is building a nuclear bomb and President Obama is hoping to cut 80% of our nuclear arsenal, an arsenal that can never realistically be built up to these levels again.