There are times when you realize there’s a special kind of stupid in the world. Over the last seven years we’ve certainly been exposed it. Then again, what we’ve witnessed isn’t always unintentional.
As Written By Allen B. West:
Just yesterday we shared the issue of the Obama administration asking
begging Russia not to bomb areas in Syria where our own Special Operations forces are operating and training Syrian rebels. Now folks, it takes a really special kind of stupid to drop our Warriors into a combat zone, tell everyone they’re not there to engage in combat, and place them in an environment where a multitude of bad actors want to kill them. Well, that’s dumb, but unbelievably, just one day later, we find something even dumber.
As reported by the Associated Press, “Russia will ask permission…to start flying surveillance planes equipped with high-powered digital cameras amid warnings from U.S. intelligence and military officials that such overflights help Moscow collect intelligence on the United States.
Russia and the United States are signatories to the Open Skies Treaty, which allows unarmed observation flights over the entire territory of all 34 member nations to foster transparency about military activity and help monitor arms control and other agreements. Senior intelligence and military officials, however, worry that Russia is taking advantage of technological advances to violate the spirit of the treaty.
Russia will formally ask the Open Skies Consultative Commission, based in Vienna, to be allowed to fly an aircraft equipped with high-tech sensors over the United States, according to a senior congressional staffer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Treaty on Open Skies went into force on January 1, 2002, and currently has 34 states as parties. As background, it establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants. The treaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct role in gathering information about military forces and activities of concern to them. Open Skies is one of the most wide-ranging international efforts to date promoting openness and transparency of military forces and activities. Negotiated by the then-members of NATO and the Warsaw Pact, the agreement was signed in Helsinki, Finland, on March 24, 1992.
You see, the problem is that folks enter into such agreements as Open Skies and never ask the critical question, what could go wrong — not now, but 10, 25 or 50 years from now. And here we are almost at that 25-year point and are discussing just that.