A&E #15: Tensions Rise in Middle East

As many of us focus on the tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico, a different storm is brewing in the Middle East. First, a U.S. Navy F-18 shot down a Syrian SU-22 caught attacking U.S. backed anti-ISIS troops (https://theaviationist.com/2017/06/19/u-s-navy-fa-18e-super-hornet-downs-syrian-su-22-near-raqqa-syria-and-here-is-everything-we-know/ ).  A statement from Russia was released that U.S. aircraft would be targeted in certain areas(https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/world/middleeast/russia-syria.html ). A few days ago an Air Force F-15 shot down an Iranian made drone (http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a27001/syria-iran-drone-shaheed-129/ ). Next a Russian fighter jet came within five feet of a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft (http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/20/breaking-news-armed-russian-jet-comes-within-5-feet-us-recon-jet.html ). The latest story having broken in the area included a Russian SU-27 “Flanker” coming within 2 meters of a Swedish Air Force S102B spyplane (https://theaviationist.com/2017/06/21/sweden-protests-as-russian-fighter-buzzes-swedish-spyplane-over-the-baltic-sea/).  The tension surrounding the Middle East and U.S./Russia relations is rising, and there seems to be little relief in sight.

So, what brought this tension on? Both Russia and the U.S. obviously want to defeat ISIS, but all of a sudden tensions between the two countries have seemingly exploded. It is simple what brought this around, the mainstream media and the Democratic party as a whole. Because Trump won the 2016 election and they did not like him they have been pushing for months the fake Russia collusion stories and have been making it seem as if Russia was the worst country ever. With no regard of the truth or worrying about angering Russia the Democratic party has portrayed today’s Russia as the former Soviet Union, and have made up stories about Russia working with Trump for heinous crimes. Rather than allow his administration a chance to succeed the liberal media would rather start WWIII between us and Russia. One thing they want to point out is how Trump wants to be in good relations with Russia, and anyone with any inkling of common sense would realize the two most powerful countries on earth getting along is a good thing, but there again Hillary nor Bernie won, so since they didn’t get their way they want to make everyone else pay. Hopefully within the next few days President Trump can get with Russian leaders and straighten this situation out so that we can remain at peace, and as for the liberal mainstream media they should realize that Trump is still going to be President and that making Russia angry will do no good.


Fly safe and have fun!


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