America Sends Missile-Destroying Warship Toward Russian Waters. President Putin Presumably Not Pleased.


USS Donald Cook leading a flotilla of destroyers. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

File this story under the rubric: "Be careful what you wish for." When the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) departed Norfolk Naval Base to take up station at the Spanish naval base in Rota two months ago, it set off alarm bells in Moscow.

Accusing the U.S. of attempting to set up a "strategic offensive potential" in Europe, Russian President Putin loudly condemned the move. U.S. officials calmly explained that the Cook, and its sister ships USS Ross (DDG-71), USS Carney (DDG-64), and USS Porter (DDG-78), were headed to Spain to set up a missile shield against the Iranian missile threat -- and posed no threat to Russia. But Russian State Duma foreign affairs committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov declared this explanation "fake."

In the Russians' view, you see, the presence of a fleet of U.S. destroyers in Europe, armed with a version of the Aegis missile defense system tweaked to shoot down ballistic missiles, is a threat aimed squarely at Russia's nuclear arsenal.

Turns out, they were right about that.


Ship-borne ballistic missile defense test-firing aboard the USS Hopper (DDG 70) near Hawaii. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Showing the flag
Ever since Russian armed forces invaded and annexed the Ukrainian province of Crimea last month, the U.S. government has struggled to find an appropriate response. Trade sanctions and visa freezes on Russian government officials could punish Russia for what it's done in Crimea. But what could the U.S. do to deter further aggression?

This week, it appears the Obama administration hit upon its solution. It took the USS Donald Cook and is sending it to the Black Sea. Armed with new Standard Missile-3 IB weaponry from Raytheon (NYSE: RTN  ) , the Cook boasts a robust version of Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT  ) Aegis ballistic missile defense system capable of shooting down supersonic, high-trajectory missiles such as Russia uses to carry its nuclear warheads. The warship was modified for ballistic missile defense (BMD) duty as part of a $22 billion project to build shipborne and land-based missile defense stations to protect Europe from Iranian long-range missiles. But just as President Putin predicted, it appears to have use in countering Russian threats as well.

Departing its new base in Spain, the Cook is now en route to the Black Sea, where it will "show the flag" off the Ukrainian and Russian coasts -- a concrete demonstration to President Putin of how aggression in Crimea could bring about the very thing he fears: U.S. ballistic missile defenses set up right next to the Russian border.

Anti-missiles for peace
Will moving a single destroyer into waters off Crimea be enough to make President Putin think twice about his reported plans to invade the rest of Ukraine? Maybe, maybe not.

What this move does show us, though, is that the $22 billion ballistic missile defense system has wider application than it was initially planned for. It can help to contain the threat of a future Iranian nuclear missile and it can help to disarm Russia's nuclear arsenal as well.

This may help to give the program "legs" even in an era of declining defense spending. From the perspective of investors, the Cook's deployment to the Black Sea tells us two things. First, that the Obama administration sees the program as geopolitically useful -- and, presumably, worthy of further funding. Second, that BMD may have more uses than originally envisioned. Designed to deter Iran, BMD warships are today being used to keep Russia in line. In future years, the program may grow (bringing further funding for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon) should it be deemed advisable to deploy BMD warships to waters adjacent North Korea or China.

In short, Russian President Vladimir Putin may not like this development much. But investors in Lockheed Martin and Raytheon should be pleased.


USS Donald Cook and sister ships shown transiting the Atlantic. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Editor's note: The headline and text of this story have been edited to remove reference to the USS Donald Cook being in Russian waters.
 

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  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:08 AM, billyjoel5000 wrote:

    I think this is the correct way to deal with this crisis, America is showing its powerful as it should be

    I am mexican but also concerning about this situation and always as backing and supporting, USA and mexico will be together always...

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:10 AM, cosmoplavix wrote:
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  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:14 AM, brasky wrote:

    I was educated amused and enriched by this article

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:37 AM, areyoukidding101 wrote:

    I wonder, if RUSSIA Sends Missile-Destroying Warship Into USA Waters. Would President Obama be pleased or displeased about that?

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:44 AM, kabella wrote:

    Russia has no missile destroying warships that could be a threat to the US. Russia's fleet is way past it's retirement time.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:47 AM, aamor9 wrote:

    WELL DONE , AM YOUR FOLLOWER AND WILL HELP YOU IF MATTERS BECOME DIFFICULT.

    RUSSIA SHOULD SEEK RESIGN NOT TO SET HIM SELF DESTRUCTION

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:47 AM, RCWIII wrote:

    It is clear from this article that our leaders, worldwide, are truly ignorant people... They run for office, bottom to top, having been unable to make it in the real-world, private sector... Question: How is a DEFENSIVE Tool, A Missile Shield, a THREAT to anyone UNLESS those people are planning on using an OFFENSIVE missile that would trigger the use of that DEFENSIVE tool???

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:50 AM, monkeyfurball wrote:

    Russia has waaaaay more missiles it could launch at the US or Europe than the US has ways to stop them. Especially the few missiles it carries on the American ships.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:51 AM, JamesABG wrote:

    If the US Navy were actually "in Russian waters" they would be at the bottom of the Black Sea. What the "Russian/Ukrainian" expert meant to say was that the US Navy will be in international waters near NATO members Romania and Blugaria and Turkey.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:54 AM, monkeyfurball wrote:

    Russia wants to annex Crimea, the whole Country. A few defense capable missiles aren't going to scare them at all. Missiles shoot down other missiles, they don't stop a 100,000 man Russian army invasion of Crimea.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:54 AM, kabella wrote:

    If the cry baby Putin wasn't concerned about it then why would he be crying about it.

    Putin has backed himself into a corner and he's crying foul anyway he can.

    His career of being Russia's number one thug is probably coming to an end for him.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:57 AM, areyoukidding101 wrote:

    Kabella, And you know that how?

    It's just amazing that so many people know exactly the status of Russian military & what it's capable of.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:59 AM, kabella wrote:

    @ monkeyfurball...no, but B-52s can take out a 100,000 man army in a heart beat and Russia has no where near the missiles the US does.

    Putin is nothing more than fluff.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:01 AM, kabella wrote:

    I used to be an office in the Russian military. You want to know my stats too?

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:04 AM, aleks09 wrote:

    You guys just have to hope this thing is of any use against Russian nuclear submarines marking somewhere in the thick of the world oceans. Good luck with that, New York, LA, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, DC, Seattle, twin city, New Orleans, Houston, Denver, San Diego, Cincinnati, etc etc

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:10 AM, PlatinumX14 wrote:

    This is all apart of the neo-conservative agenda. After the Bush administration, there are still alot of neo-cons in Washington. If you read their writings and publications, they state they want to weaken Russia and undermine its government in order to further establish US global domination and US hegemony over the rest of the world. By neutralizing Russia's nuclear deterrent, this is one way it can be done. The US is also seeking to contain China. Personally, I think Washington is so corrupt that it should be running much of anything much less the rest of the world. I hope the stupid fools in Washington do not start World War 3.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:12 AM, PlatinumX14 wrote:

    Personally, I think Washington is so corrupt that it should NOT be running much of anything much less the rest of the world. Typo in my comment.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:14 AM, WSK wrote:

    Way to roll here, speak softly and carry a big stick....

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:23 AM, Eric737 wrote:

    This is a DEFENSIVE missile. How is that a threat?

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:26 AM, areyoukidding101 wrote:

    @Kabella, you "used to be an office in the Russian military"---when, in 1914...lol, and what "OFFICE" were you?

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:33 AM, jfelano wrote:

    Stupidest article ever. How is a destroyer and 3 supporting ships a threat to Russia's nuclear deterrent???? I mean they have thousands of missiles with multiple warheads, a single destroyer and 3 supporting ships would struggle to take out one of them. What a joke.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:44 AM, DanParks wrote:

    In a society that teaches it's children it is okay to hate another, teaches them to kill, to injure another and the rights of another, that is okay not to accept this one or that one, well you have what you created, a society of people who kill, injure others and the rights of others.

    All children born after 9-11 only know war, killing, only know people refusing to accept one another. Children saw and see war as it is a part of their everyday life, people killing each other is normal for them as it is all they have known.

    They see other wars too, they see their parents, friends parents arrested for drugs when in another state they can use them, they see a lot of people using drugs and wonder why the police only arrested their parents. They see an unfair system and they grow up hating the police and those who broke up their families and they too have been taught to kill by a society that says it is okay to kill, injure others and the rights of others.

    Is the real problem the children or the parents of the children, the parents that teach it is okay to kill, injure others and the rights of others, it is okay and right not to accept this one or that one? How many children does a society teach to kill, injure others and the rights of others when it is all the society teaches, all?

    Society is the total of all social groups and a social group is a person or group that believes in this or that, a person can belong to many social groups or only one, their own. All social groups are equal with equal rights. One group is equal to a majority and no group has the right to injure another or the rights of another just as no person has the right to injure another or the rights of another.

    How many parents support the troops, teach their children to support the troops or join the troops? How many countries have troops, how many parents in each country teach their children to support the troops, to kill, that it is okay to kill people they don’t agree with, to fight in wars. What have the parents created, everlasting war?

    How many parents teach their children not to accept a drug user, a prostitute, a nudist, a gay person or a woman as equals with equal rights, how many parents support laws against the things these people do, creating more wars that never end?

    How many people, parents teach their children all are equal with equal rights, teach them to accept all people and accept all people are different with different wants and desires. Accept people can do anything they want as long as they do not injure another or the rights of another. How many parents teach their children about freedom for all, liberty for all and justice for all and about God who created all free and equal with equal rights?

    If people taught their children to love God with all their heart first and love your neighbor as you love God second would they kill, injure or injure the rights of their neighbor, would they do it to God as what they do to their neighbor they also do to God.

    Jesus said he knew mankind was taught to hate his or her neighbor but you should love them instead, the world rejected him, killed him and created something else, a false idol called the Church.

    As long as people reject equal rights and law that protects equal rights, as long as people reject their neighbor and teach their children to be like the parents society will always be at war, always have hate, killing, always will have people injuring one another and the rights of one another as it is what society wants as society as a whole refuses to change and stop killing, injuring one another and the rights of one another.

    All governments and religions, all social groups have said and continue to say they will never accept the equal rights of all or any law that protects the equal rights of all equally. They all said and say all can die or be killed even before they ever will, proof of this, they haven't changed and it is all recorded in the "Book of Truth" as it is called so none can say they didn’t say it.

    For any that doubt such a book called the “Book of Truth” exists, it does, it has not been opened yet only written. The United States Federal Government along with every other Nations government and all heads of all religions have the book, they have had it for some 10 years now and still have not changed.

    The “Book” is about to be opened, what will happen when it is, when all find out the truth? When all find out the only reason the hate still goes on, the only reason the wars, the killing, the rapes, the school shootings and all the rest of the hate goes on is because all refuse to accept equal rights, all refuse to accept God and the Law of God?

    What happens when all reject God and it is proven they all do in one book? What happens when that book is opened?

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:46 AM, Bimbirico wrote:

    I think that Putin is minimizing a situation that will cause in the future his end with his wishes or the end of Russia's power. I would like that the US became more tough with him by attacking and ending the power Bassar Al Assad in Syria. Then Putin will start to think twice!!!

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:48 AM, peterwolf wrote:

    I doubt very seriously if this 'set off alarm bells in Moscow'. Because I doubt that Moscow has changed its mind on Obama's unilateral military disarmament, which he's been pursuing aggressively ever since his second term began. Moscow knows that sending this ship is just a PR photo-op. Just like when we flew a couple of bombers over the South China sea a few months back. Did that change anything viz China's claim to that air space?? Nope.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:50 AM, TimSmith wrote:

    This is not our fight. We have stuck our noses in other nations business way too many times. Russia is not like those 3rd world nations that we flex our muscles at, Sending any type of military that close to Russia is a major sign of aggression on our part. very bad decision.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:53 AM, AllenElliott wrote:

    Just ramping up the enmity

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:54 AM, AllenElliott wrote:

    Just ramping up the enmity

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 12:08 PM, Jasko014 wrote:

    Crimea decided to join Russia without one shot, every nation has right to decide about its own destiny. Crimea was Russian since 1572 with majority of Russian citizenship. Couple of American war ships in Black Sea is a good PR, but nothing more. It would be nice that US Army ends the wars and conflicts which started in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria, Kosovo before starting new ones.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 12:16 PM, rdmcdonald48 wrote:

    This is how escalation starts.

    They threaten, the US responds with a show of force and the ability to pre-empt any threat that Russia may pose to the nation of Ukraine.

    So, what's Russia's next move? Would they send 3 of their Nuclear Missle Submarines to take up station in international waters off the coast of the US in response to the incursion into Russian waters?

    Think about it? It's an answer to what we are doing, and it re-escalates the tensions between the United States and Russia reinstating the "cold war".

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 12:30 PM, sennalanna wrote:

    Unlike the east, it seems, the US doesn't need to resort to aggressive rhetoric and empty boasting. Theodore Roosevelt's timeless wisdom still stands strong - "Speak softly, and carry a big stick."

    There's no point in making a threat if you can politely demonstrate your resolve. This is the best move the US can make.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 12:44 PM, ugo wrote:

    Obama wears mom pants. He should stop this girly stuff and be a man and do like we did in 08 when Russia invaded Georgia. He needs to be a man and stand up and declare "Today we are all Ukrainians. "

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 12:52 PM, amvet wrote:

    Your statement that Russia invaded and annexed the Crimea is totally false. The Crimea jumped into Russia´s arms and Russia just caught it. The US financed a coup against the legal government of the Ukraine and was involved in killing over 50 people. The current US puppet government in the Ukraine was chosen by our State Department in December. Blood is on our hands and the media machine blames Russia.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 1:04 PM, notthatfoolish wrote:

    Wow, what a fool this author is.. If that ship were in Russian waters it would have been sunk a long time ago as someone pointed out.. I mean, that warrants some kind of correction at least if not apology.

    "It can help to contain the threat of a future Iranian nuclear missile and it can help to disarm Russia's nuclear arsenal as well."

    Also that statement is completely false. I can't believe some one who calls them selves a reporter would write that with zero evidence to support their claim.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 1:06 PM, magellan wrote:

    Rota Spain is not in the Black Sea. We also have had Navy warships stationed in Rota Spain, Naples Italy, as well as pre 1998 Sardinia Italy everything from Submarines to Destroyers and Frigates stationed there.

    Also we have port stops in most major European Seaports, even Split Yugoslavia was a port we resupplied at, and in Turkish ports.

    So please remember Rota Spain is a naval base and a Air Naval Base and has been for the last 40 years.

    The writer needs to research his info. Now when the ship enters the Black Sea, that is a different story, and is a long way sea wise from Rota Spain.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 1:19 PM, aotearoa47 wrote:

    Is this the 1960's "Cuban Missile Crisis" in reverse? It appears to be okay now for Russia to move one of its warships into the Gulf of Mexico. Fair is fair!

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 1:21 PM, Watchtower wrote:

    What is on a warship is confidential. It may have nuclear warheads capable of hitting Moscow and that should be a concern to Putin as well.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 1:22 PM, clqtte wrote:

    It's just a waste of gas..........

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 1:26 PM, rfouasnon wrote:

    We should do a whole bunch of things Putin does not like . Station more NATO troops on the border to Russia , beef up the NATO defenses , build a robust land based nuclear shield for against Russian and Iranian missiles , and stop buying Russian natural gas . We should give as much support to Ukraine in regards to defense against Russia , and Ukraine should reabsorb the area facing Modavia that is wishing to join Russia . Do the exact same thing there that Russia did to Crimea . Disarm those Russian troops there , and send them back to Russia .

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 1:26 PM, Earthtourist wrote:

    What a great sight to see the US Navy on it's way to the Black Sea! Wishing them Godspeed to protect the free world.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 1:34 PM, rorrymunch wrote:

    Amazing! Bunch of brainwashed folks commenting on another war propaganda prostitute "journalist'! And not only brainwashed but stupid like children. Just how the government wants you to be. Come on! I am loosing hope in the future of this country. So much hate! Do you at least know where Ukraine is located? not to say what is in fact going on there? Apparently no. Kabella, your life must have sucked so bad!

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 1:38 PM, rorrymunch wrote:

    All will go under the sea by russian missile. like empty cans during first thirty minutes of conflict. Who are you kidding?

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 1:50 PM, Rdhdkid wrote:

    Russian waters, or international waters *near* Russian? There's a big difference.

    King Barry I and his Obamanoids better be careful, they're wrestling with the big dogs now and not the swooning herds of gimme gimme sheep here in the U.S.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 1:59 PM, Rudy96 wrote:

    Everything that Russia has been demonstrating in that last 30 days or so is an example as why the U.S. and other members of the G-7 should be showing signs that we will not tolerate Russia or Putin for their actions. Of course Putin isn't happy about us being that close to them because they do not want to be on the other end like Crimea is with them and their bulling. Russia has made comments about the U.S. and how they are basically going to take us out so here is there chance we came to them so now they can BRING IT if they choose to here we are Russia and Putin. Now they can show us what they have as far as power goes. Talk is cheap and that is what they have been doing is talking. One of their reporters that announces for Russian news I can't remember his name went as far as bragging that Russia was going to turn the U.S. into turn ashes with their Nuclear warheads. Now to me that is a serious threat and shouldn't be taken lightly. The U.S and the G-7 has tried to reason with Russia and Putin but they do not want to listen they just want to break National Laws and do whatever they want. I am by no means for war but we can not be threaten of war from them either.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 2:07 PM, smilingdon wrote:

    It's an opening move, and probably a poor one.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 2:14 PM, Rudy96 wrote:

    We all have opinions and are entitled to them that is a right we have in the States. Those that have condemned our government has that right to do so and might even be right about some things they have written. My question is this even though I for one do not approve of Obama , I didn't even vote for him either time what are we suppose to do if we end up in war with Russia? I will tell you what I will do I will stand behind my Commander and Chief rather I like him or not and I will stand behind the service men and women of the United States and do whatever it takes and what ever is expected of me as American to fight and defend my Country, family and rights. I for one do not now or ever want to be under the thumb of a Communist Country and I sure to not want to have to learn how to speak Russian so bottom line I am going to back our President no matter what. The only thing I can suggest is next election choose wisely who you want to be in the White House and on the Hill. The other choice you have is that if you are un-happy here in the States maybe re-locating to a different Country would be your best option. God Bless America!!!

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 2:21 PM, thepalmbeacher wrote:

    LISTEN UP PUTIN AND YOU LISTEN GOOD!!!!

    The USA is sick and tired of tyrants like you!!

    Saddam thought he could hide in a hole, WRONG!

    Osama thought he was safe in Pakistan WRONG!

    USA will bring the WAR to YOU, Don't worry about that!! Destroyers are merely an observation point as our "STAR WAR" SPACE SDI, BMDO,MDA AND the latest" CHECMATE" space RAILGUN, that can obliterate anything on this planet, PERIOD! Your "DOME" has a bullseye on it PUTIN, DON'T F$*K up, life is to short as it is!!

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 2:21 PM, itisme wrote:

    once again America is playing the big Dude until one day we get our butt kicked hard. Slowly I believe that is really needed to bring the big American ego a bit down. We should finally stay home and bring things there in order. We are so much in the red numbers but still play the "world Hero" but can really not afford it.

    What the hack do we have to do with Russia and what they are doing? What do we have to do with any other country at all? We have more then enough problems here then to play the big one in outer affairs.

    Stop that nonsense once and for all. You are nothing more then children and call yourself politicians. Grow up, take a step back and look what you are doing. Always those hollow threats in neither you nor the other believes anyway. What BS.

    We have seen this now more then enough in the recent past going on wherever we look. Big America always wanting to play the boss but at the end doing nothing because doing something would be so stupid and endanger all of us only.

    So stop your hollow threats and go home where you belong and stop wasting taxpayers money.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 2:35 PM, Stelios22 wrote:

    It's funny--how long do you think that ship would stay afloat if Russia was planning to launch a nuclear attack against the US? It would be the obvious step to take out the "defensive" installations *first*. It's in the Black sea. It'll be shadowed constantly by Russian submarines (not to mention it's in easy reach of their air force and shore-based missiles).

    I don't expect that Russia has any intent to cause nuclear Armageddon, but the incompetence and hypocrisy of our (US) foreign policy is something to behold. Its only aim here is to make points with the media.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 2:50 PM, anrbfan wrote:

    This sets up a Cuban Missile Crisis-like situation, and Putin-like Khrushchev before him-will think long, and hard, before going much further in his planned aggressions. The Destroyers he can see will also make Putin wonder about the Nuke Subs he can't see. It is time for the Russian Bear to go into hibernation...if it wants to live to eat another day.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 2:54 PM, anrbfan wrote:

    America's Nuke Subs & Missiles work. Most of Russia's do not. They scuttle themselves while trying to surface. They try to launch missiles and can't. Russia's fleet is antiquated, and falling apart, as are it's missiles. If Russia could launch a successful nuke strike on CONUS, and did so, it would starve to death in short order without American food which is no longer produced on sterile soil. For Russia, to attack America is to commit suicide. Russia knows this.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 2:54 PM, Joefacc2244 wrote:

    Russia ought to send ICBM's to Cuba.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 2:54 PM, felliwaa wrote:

    What does the king of fools hope to achieve in Russia? Do you think Puttin is stuffing turkey and sleeping whilst you close in on his corridor? You must be joking.

    Better for you to go back and clear your messes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya etc. etc.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 2:56 PM, felliwaa wrote:

    By the way how about that farting spree at Markel's home?

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 2:57 PM, anrbfan wrote:

    If Russia attacks America, and fails to destroy it, America will destroy Russia...by starving it, and also nuking it. If Russia attacks the USA, and does succeed in destroying it, the irradiated soil here will no longer produce food for Russia, and Russia will soon starve to death. Win, or lose, against the USA militarily, Russia loses in the end, either way. Since Russia can not win, it will not fight.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:04 PM, noneyabussines wrote:

    I say live and let live !! Perhaps all the leaders of the world should get in a ring and bang it out like real men and settle there difference's !!

    And not hide behind the youth or any human to risk there life's for others believes....

    Just because government's have issues with one another don't mean we should allow us as individual's to be influenced by that and pass judgment on the citizen's of that country ...you see its not Russia or the citizen's its Putin ... Just like it wasn't the citizen's of Iraq or Afghanistan ..

    Hopefully one day the human race will learn to coincide with one another and there will be no more war !!

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:05 PM, RalphJKramden wrote:

    What an infantile article by Mr. Smith, gloating like an ignorant, silly schoolboy at the prospect of nuclear war. 1) America did not send that ship, the USG did. 2) That ship may be able to stop ten missiles but not the thousands in their arsenal. 3) Russia does have ship-destroying missiles, submarines also, 4) It is really irresponsible of you, but shows your true motives, cheerleading for Raytheon and Lockheed---blood money, 5) Russia was right all along, when they claimed that all the military build-up was aimed at them and China.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:07 PM, andreeee wrote:

    When we have a President that is a liar & didn't help protect our people Benghazi & after promising to bring the killers to justice has done NOTHING, I don't give it much thought or approval to anything Obama says or does. PERIOD !!!!!

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:19 PM, Joefacc2244 wrote:

    USA out of NATO!!! Let's not get sucked into another European war.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:19 PM, EdwardInFlorida wrote:

    I'm sorry to break it to you people making all the warmongering comments but this article is a joke. This ship is not headed into Russian waters. Our "dear" politicians in Washington are dumb but not crazy or stupid. An AEGIS is no match for a Kirov class guided missile destroyer if things get "down and dirty".

    No government is a saint but whether you all want to admit it or not, Moscow has handled this situation with a lot of restraint and civility.

    Had the situation been reversed, and the West were in Russia's shoes instead, NATO would have bombed Kiev and destroyed most of the country's infrastructure, killed or captured the leaders, and "then talk". And from referring to NATO's history of how they handle things, you all know that to be true.

    This article is an insult to the journalist profession plain and simple.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:23 PM, Foundstar wrote:

    Hey putin baby..whacha think w were gonna do??play chicken?? U wanna play? we got the toys oh shirtless punk..welcome to a real super power..not a has been wannabe..

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:24 PM, jtquyen wrote:

    Russia doesn't want to get into a nuclear war with US. It is a preposition that it cannot win (of course no one really win) Before a Russian missile reaches US, missiles from Western Europe would descend on Moscow already. Now we haven't talk missiles from US submarines, destroyers, and cruisers hovering around Russia undetected, and array of aircrafts cable of shooting down the Russian's missiles while they are airborne.

    Russia has lots of missiles but that don't mean they are capable and efficient like the missiles from US and Western Europeans.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:25 PM, vrtra wrote:

    What a lot of people are not understanding is one warship capable of shooting down ballistic missiles is a big deterrent. First if Russia sinks that ship its an attack on USA and Nato will be able to attack Russia. Second shooting down a ballistic missile is a lot of money lost. The Russians have spent trillions on development of these missiles so every one shot down would be a loss of billions of dollars on something that is destroyed. Third shooting off a ballistic missile at such a short range would have no other purpose but to carry a nuclear warhead which means nuclear war and we are all gonna die anyway.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:35 PM, JohanStrauss wrote:

    Obama is a spineless wimp.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:46 PM, DiverMike wrote:

    Foolish posturing. This is no threat to Russia unless they intended to launch nukes in the first place. Even then, the missile only has a 75% to 85% hit rate. Two three of every ten launched are going to get through.

    They know the ships cant stay on station indefinitely. They also know obama of all people is too weak to launch a first strike. Even the crazy Korean wouldn't be dumb enough to use nukes first in todays world.

    ALL this does is to make Obama look stupid; pretending to do something meaningful where all parties KNOW it is BS.

    Sanctions; sharing of intel with Ukraine, and providing Ukrainians with emergency shipments of TWO missiles and other anti tank weapons; and stingers are the only steps he could have taken to possibly prevent further invasion as it now seems Putin is going to do.

    Putin figures the west did NOTHING when he took Crimea, its also safe for him to take Eastern Ukraine, and after that, the rest of Ukraine.

    Apparently for all his purported intelligence, Obama never read about how Chamberlains fecklessness helped launch World War Two.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:47 PM, DiverMike wrote:

    TOW missiles-not Two.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:54 PM, DontBelieveMedia wrote:

    What is astonishing is that everyone thinks Putin / Russia is wrong for annexing Crimea. Crimea is formally Russian territory populated by mostly Russian nationality people, where everyone speaks Russian, and where Russia has one of its largest military bases. When the Soviet Union fell and all the now bordering countries were created (Lithuania, Moldova, Ukraine, etc), Russia granted Crimea to Ukraine. Now that Ukraine is being taken over by revolutionaries, Putin / Russia wants Crimea back. How is this wrong? I completely agree with Putin. Since these countries were created, Russia financially backed them and provided military support. Now they want to ditch Russia and join the European Union so Russia wants Crimea back. Crimea should go back to Russia.

    What we (most Americans) are failing to realize is that the US has been supporting revolutions across the world the past two decades. From Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria, almost Iran and Lebanon, and now Ukraine. When did revolutions become democratic?Who are we to say that it is right for citizens of all of these countries to stand up to their government and take over. How would the US like it if Americans revolted and took over the US government? How would the US government like it if Russia funded American revolutionaries by providing weapons to fight the US government? They wouldn't like it at all but this is what US has done in all countries that are going through a revolution right now (Iraq, Egypt, Lybia, Syria, Ukraine).

    The US media has done a wonderful job painting the government of these countries as corrupt in order to approve our government to fund these revolutions, all so we can maintain global dominance. This is the only reason US is backing them.

    Wake up America! Putin is not evil. He is only doing what is best for Russia. Quit watching US media and allowing them to brain wash you that Russia and Putin is evil. Question everything that is fed to you. Use your own brain and realize that we are living in the country that only gets involved with global situations that the US can benefit financially from.

    The war in Syria was started by US and the allies of US. The president of Syria is not

    I support Russia, Syria and all countries suffering from US propaganda and corrupt involvement causing unrest and revolutions across the world. I support a major reduction in America's global political interest. In fact, I think the US should be eliminated from all global political interaction and just let other countries get through their own problems. We should only get involved when people from other countries suffer from extreme poverty, famine or threat of genocide.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 3:59 PM, Wuatty80 wrote:

    In the past I thought Mr. Ronald Reagan was crazy for his "Star wars" project. Maybe he had second sight. Such a program should be started again, now that technology has advanced to a point that it becomes feasible.

    The new cold war provides a justification for just such a program. Maybe Russia does not want to compete with such an economically costly program. It together with a concerted effort to reduce the price of energy around the world would be a huge setback to Russia.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 4:06 PM, columbare1 wrote:

    Well Putin has shown himself to be untrustworthy, and old fashioned ,in his 19 th century invasion of Crimea. But the west is responding in the 20 th century way, with a star wars program, already in place, not only are ballistic missile defenses on the move surrounding Russia, but also the offensive missile launching submarines . So if it's back to the Cold War ,so be it. But the warning is, if you make the wrong move Putin, all hell can break out. Do not make the mistake of thinking that Obama is weak,remember Nerds beat Jocks every time. they are smarter. But I think your finding that out.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 4:07 PM, Begotnot wrote:

    So many anti American fools we can all be very happy we do not live near each other.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 4:08 PM, KGB111 wrote:

    Putin, what are you waiting for to send the fleet to Cuba and Venezuela, make the US nervous as they are doing with us.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 4:08 PM, Wuatty80 wrote:

    It is far more efficient to launch anti missile systems from space than from surface based platforms. Even the threat of such a system would really get things humming. The Russians breached a written agreement with the takeover of Crimea. We could breach or give notice of intent to end the ban on anti missile systems in space.

    Energy could be lowered in price with the agreement of Saudi, Canadian, and Iraqi producers. American producers ie Venezuela/ Mexico could be barred from exporting oil by our Navy, if they did not comply with the common plan to increase production and drive down price over the short term. An economic boom would more than offset any losses to the Western Economies.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 4:09 PM, Reedy865 wrote:

    President Reagan was criticized for proposing this technology. It was mockingly called "Star Wars". Why would Putin be concerned as all the media in the 80s proclaimed "It will never work"? Is this a good move today? I will not judge Obama's action, but thanks to President Reagan this is possible.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 4:11 PM, DontBelieveMedia wrote:

    Continued where I left off... the war in Syria was started by US and the allies of US. The president of Syria is not the evil person US is making him out to be. Revolutionaries are being funded by US, Isreal and Turkey. Our tax money is buying guns so citizens of Syria can attack the Syrian military in order to take down the government. How is this ok? This is what US is doing in Ukraine. All of the news you are being fed is preparing everyone for the active revolution in Ukraine. When will this stop? I really don't want my tax money spent this way.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 4:11 PM, JBQ3 wrote:

    I served with the Sixth fleet. We left Charleston and took 10 days to reach Rota. In America, ships are part of the Second Fleet. When you reach Rota, you are turned over to the Sixth Fleet and detached at Rota. Ships are not homeported out of Rota. We then went on to Naples for a 6 month deployment. It has not been stated just where the Cook is heading. We went on a trip through the Bosphorous into the Black Sea. That is the route that the Cook will have to travel to be on station outside of Russia. You can't sit in Rota, Spain, and be a threat to Russia.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 4:19 PM, Curtis26 wrote:

    Putin should move ships and park them right next to them for the safety of Russia

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 4:19 PM, mk090453 wrote:

    Russia wants a WW3 and I hope would be dashed. He wants us to believe that its ok if Mexico annexes California once the Latino population there outnumbers those of other Americans. A defense warship cannot be an threat to a peace lover but to someone like Putin who fears his dream of reckless expansionism could be scuttled. As much as we do not want war though, the rest of the world need to join forces to repel Russia.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 4:38 PM, Psyphex wrote:

    Russian SSBN's and eve a Kiev Class Jump Carrier have been in American Waters. They were shadowing Marine exercises off the coast of North Carolina. It's nothing new. This includes Russian TU-95 Bear B bombers.

    Will a Group of DDG's make Putin Nervous? Likely it will make him take notice, but you have to remember that the Russians sank ship in the very harbors they would need to use to counter this "threat"...You can also surmise that a group of DDG's will be shadowed by a pair of American Subs. One a Hunter Killer, and the other a SSBN.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 4:42 PM, nickgp wrote:

    The US struggled for an appropriate response, since nothing seemed appropriate, I guess a show of provocative stupidity was the right thing to do, George Kennan must be rolling over at the small minded non-Statesmen of Foreign Affairs "midgets", he warned about!!

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 5:08 PM, jmharper1948 wrote:

    I don't know but I must really be stupid I am a 60's baby boomer and I see the Ukraine has worked really hard to become western oriented and we are arguing about whether we should help them or not. We are not invading them or anything they just need help. Would someone please explain to me in simple terms what is wrong with doing everything we can to help them?

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 5:25 PM, smartfone wrote:

    We need to send 2 aircraft carriers there to show Putin we mean business.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 5:29 PM, JADEKRAPE wrote:

    Since when did the Red Sea become Russian Waters...they have some borders there but the bulk of it is very much INTERNATIONAL WATER and our presence is no more significant than if the ship was cruising the Atlantic or the Meditieranian

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 5:58 PM, easybutton wrote:

    for all those smart people out there, the COLD WAR was never over! do you actually think two powerful countries are going to tell all and actually become close friends??? Get real !

    Do you think one country will actually invade anothers waters? that is like putting a stick of gunpowder into a fire and saying it won't blow up.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 5:58 PM, antonia wrote:

    who would think that 4o years later ,the liberal nuts would rise again .I served in country with the101st Airbourne,1st Dividsion. no one dragged me join the Army or to ask for paratrooper duty

    when I enlisted, but I got what I wanted,even though i was left in a wheel chair i still don't regret it. the hippies ,the liberal , they always jump into wars ,but don't have the guts to win.

    puten wants the world to see russia is no longer a super power and as soon as obama is gone ,the USA will bring russia to there knees.there will be a lot of fracing going on.we will be ok we will have cheep energy gas,oil and the world oil level prices will fall to th lowest price it has seen in decades .when putin eats he will have to say pass the oil and gas please. cut off the wheat shipments ,anything that helps them cut them off, beat them out of the G7 and bring in nato ,even if they need more time bring them into nato temperarly .thank you retired Army ed reed

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 6:27 PM, SR71Blackbird wrote:

    All U.S. Destroyers are packed with cruise missiles....NOT just anti aircraft missiles. These cruise missiles are nuclear capable, and are able to hit an outhouse at 800 miles (1300 km) with precision accuracy. Russia knows this...even if you guys don't.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 6:29 PM, 901 wrote:

    greed and lust for power is the cause of war. Politicians, and the Industrial war complex with its Capital Hill Lobby. Rich man's war, poor man's fight. Read General Smedly Butler's "War is a Racket."

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 6:30 PM, InnaKomarova wrote:

    The title of the comments section is “Comments from our Foolish Readers”. It is more amusing than the title of this article. The article itself can impress only a gullible reader.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 6:36 PM, Mystery47 wrote:

    Now I'm beginning to understand how John McCain, Mike Rogers and Lindsey Graham keep getting elected in spite of being war-mongers.

    Most of you posters must be juveniles for you seem to think that America's greatness comes from being the Bully of the World. Well, there are repercussions from being a bully. 9/11 was the first shot.

    Can any of you juveniles show me in the Constitution where America is allowed to wage wars on foreign soil without being attacked first? What about interfering in the internal affairs of other nations?

    What about going around the world in an aggressive and confrontational manner and making DEMANDS, THREATS and SANCTIONS against other nation?

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 6:41 PM, asukonik wrote:

    First lie: Russian army did not invade Crimea. Amaising for the person who was born there and was kicked by soviets from USSR in 1974 to what degree American propaganda today equals Putin's propaganda! Putin blamed CIA for Maidan and now American press squarely blames Putin for instigating troubles in Lugansk and Kharkov- second lie. The truth is to what degree great majority of people there are scared of western Ukrainian nationalists whose fathers fought in 14 Wafen SS division and killed Ukrainians, Russians, Jews and Poles. And now these people who officially worship Nazi are major power in new government. And US supports them only because of power games it plays!

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 6:48 PM, pastorvon wrote:

    If one is good; two would be better: two in the Black Sea; two in the Baltic; two in the Mediterranean; two off Korea; two off Taiwan; two based in Hawaii; two based in Bermuda; and two based off Greenland..

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 7:30 PM, abc345 wrote:

    Darn if he do darn if he don't... they say he was not responding now that he is people now say we need to stay out of others business. Well this is the US business when they signed and created the pact such as NATO. Putin is slick but I hope this send a sign that in 2014 these bullish invasion acts will not continue. I just hope we don't end up in war with these idiots....I am sure they will lose, the US is not stupid and not lacking weapons like you think, trust me.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 7:31 PM, frankthetank04 wrote:

    Sending this ship is just a distraction...it's a reminder that we will fight if we need to, but it is going to take a lot more than one ship to take out Russia...The U.S wouldn't send this ship out there if it were worried that it will be taken out like a sitting duck. If you don't think that we have other undetectable ships and subs in those areas then you are highly mistaken.

    Someone said earlier that Russia has ships in the middle of international waters near the U.S and will take out our major cities...you are a fool. Our missile defense system is way too advanced...nothing is getting past us...you can bet on that.

    We won't beat Russia in a ground war..Infantry vs Infantry. They have too many men. Our Air Force will handle business....and those out dated MIGS won't do anything to our F-22's...The B-1 is the scariest bomber in the sky and I've seen A-10's in action... you know, the A-10's that won Desert Storm in 72 hours against one of the top Air Forces in the world at the time. It really wouldn't be all that difficult to take out Russia and make them surrender.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 7:33 PM, Omama1 wrote:

    Whose missiles are they destroying?

    Toady US is not a safe country because of their missions that drives local security down the graves, there's more interest with the US to fight in any war than looking at their diapers in-house.

    I don't get surprised to read such news as war is the USs daily bread spiced with gun powder and other explosives.

    How I wish Russia can extinguish the US from existing because of violence, all they know is war everywhere they're, they're preaching war hiding in the name of creating peace.

    Viva Russia,crash your enemies to ashes they're used to shedding blood and host national mourning.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 7:39 PM, Duck59 wrote:

    First things FIRST.. Some of the comments posted are the product of "psycho-babble".. and seem to come from those without the ability for nothing even close to a logical thought process..

    This being said, it's about time Putin realized he is NOT "the Furer" and his like minded moves to capture by invasion as much territory as possible in order to further his his own crazed agenda to reassemble what he sees as the "glory" of the former Soviet Union will now, as opposed to past history, not go unchecked.

    The FACT that Putin did INVADE Ukrainian soil and by such means, use "armed" force in the guise of "unmarked" Russian troops... The FACTS are there are tens of thousand more Russian troops presently occupying "make shift" bases on Ukraine's common eastern border with Russia. FACTS are these same troops are fully equipped and "battle ready"... These FACTS are further EVIDENCED by the day to day satillite photo's displayed..

    Putin's entire ambition centers around his belief NATO will not fulfill it's TREATY obligations to defend both Europe and under the Strategic Missile Disarmament Agreement of 1994.to do the same with Ukraine. The move to send an American naval vessel with the capabilities of

    The USS Donald Cook clearly sends the message his unabashed actions will not go as unchallenged. Further and providing Western Europe with special emphasis on Germany, also stands up and provide whatever is necessary, President Putin will not become the present day representation of Hitler.

    To consider even for a fleeting second Putin would stop with The Crimera is absurd no matter what babble is disseminated by his modern day successor to Joseph Goebbels.. The plain fact is if Putin is not stopped in his tracks, we will see a rise to situations with all of the possibilities to lead the world into another state of global war.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 7:53 PM, vinnieboiblue wrote:

    It will not stop Putin, he wants to go back to the way the USSR used to be. He along with the Chinese, will most likely work together to set off the coasts of both East and West, not to forget Hawaii. By breaking up the Republics, it gave Russia time to rebuild its military and replenish monetarily its own economy with both American and European Union financial assistance.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 8:13 PM, Kat123 wrote:

    According to many comments posted here US is provoking Russia.

    Well this is not so. Here's why:

    First of all, Romania, Poland and other countries wanted and asked NATO to send troops in the area. I know that Romania wanted a US presence in the area since WWII.

    Second, These countries are NATO members, which need to be protected.

    Thirdly, the US ships are not being positioned in Russian waters. The Black Sea is not the property of Russia and it has never been or will ever be. If you look at the map, you'll see that the vast majority of the Black Sea is controlled by Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, only a small part by Russia. So, in reality, US/NATO has to be there to honor the NATO agreements. This is not provocation, and Putin should know better, but he is just a manipulative politician who wants to get his way despite opposition from the rest of world.

    What the world is mad about, is not the fact that Crimeea is Russian, no one is contesting this, but the way Putin got control of it using Stalinist methods. If we allow this to happen in the 21st century then we did not learn anything from the past wars and history. He could have gotten Crimeea through a civilized dialogue with EU and the rest of the world, a truly democratic referendum without guns and soldiers, etc.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 8:24 PM, mencherh wrote:

    Why is the Motley Fool even getting involved with wars of aggression? Why are they getting politically involved? Russia is doing exactly what the United States would be doing if the exact same situation were happening in our own backyard.

    Oops, it did!! During the Cuban Missile Crisis both the U.S. and Russia almost annihilated the world because Russia decided to park nuclear-topped missiles only 90 miles off the coast of Florida, but Russia actually had a good excuse at the time. The U.S. had parked a large number of nuclear-tipped missiles in Turkey, everyone of them pointed right at Russia, or should I say the Soviet Union, the USSR.

    The Russian government right now is seriously thinking about charging Mikhail Gorbachev with high crimes and misdemeanors, treason, as a result of what's happening right now. Gorbachev had a good heart when he allowed the breakup of the former USSR into separate sovereign nations in the early 1990s, but part of the agreement that he signed with G.H.W. Bush had a caveat that was grossly violated by both the Clinton and Bush Junior presidential administrations.

    The United States and NATO, as part of that signed agreement, assured Russia that they would not encroach one inch into the newly created nations that came out of the breakup either militarily or politically. Gorbachev was smart to include that into the agreement, but he was naive and ignorant enough to actually believe that the United States would honor that caveat, that agreement.

    Most of the nations that came out of the breakup of the USSR are now not only politically tied to the west, most especially to the United States, but have also joined the U.S. military arm in Europe as well, NATO, and now, for the most part, have Russia surrounded. Ukraine was the last link in the chain.

    The United States and the EU and NATO, through political NGOs in Ukraine, instigated an illegal coup d'etat to overthrow the democratically elected leader of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, and have placed into power without any free, fair, or honest elections, a puppet leader that will now jump through U.S. hoops, Arseny Yatseniuk, who even now is taking actions that he is not legally authorized to take since he was not elected into office. He has no legal right to negotiate any agreement with the EU or the United States. No one has that right until a free, fair, and honest election takes place.

    Russia has the right to do what it needs to do, just like the United States has that right if a similar situation were occurring in its own backyard in order to protect its national security, unless of course many of you believe that hypocrisy and double-standards are okay with the United States because you consider the U.S. an exceptional country who can break the rules of international law because might makes right.

    The United States is once again risking a nuclear war with Russia as it did in the early 1960s during the Cuban Missile Crisis with the only difference being that Putin has been put in the same place that JFK was when he was president in the early 1960s. The shoe has now been placed on the other foot.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 8:27 PM, ospreycbk wrote:

    Since we already have a couple of thousand antimissile missiles stationed at various locations throughout Europe, why are we deploying this ship to do something we can already do with the resources already there.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 8:31 PM, DontBelieveMedia wrote:

    Really Kat123? So a democratic vote in Crimea allowing everyone to choose which side they want, Ukraine or Russia, is Stalinist? Putin is not sending anyone to Siberia or killing people for no reason. He gave everyone in Crimea a chance to vote, they voted for Crimea to be annexed by Russia, so Putin took control of Crimea.

    By the way, the world is not mad at Russia, only the US, because we are the only country in the world who is brain washed since we are children by schools and media to automatically hate Russia. Americans are hidden away from the real truth in what is happening in the world. You proved this by saying the world is mad at Russia. Really? You now this how? Because you watch CNN? Read some news that doesn't come from the US and you will see that there are two sides to every conflict and that the entire world is not MAD at Russia.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 8:57 PM, PepeJota wrote:

    You Americans never wore out the cowboy mentality, firstly you own more "home" weapons like AK-47s, submachine guns and other semi and fully automatic rifles tahn the entire populaton 250 MILLION+, for what. You have invaded various countries as the self appointed "policemen of the world" with terrible results, Viet Nam and Iraq being the worst examples, and you don't seem to have learned any lessons. Now trigger happy warmongers like McCain and others want the U.S. to continue that warpath by sending its finest to get killed in Syria, Iran and other places. Don't you realize that in addition to destroying American lifes these AWFUL expeditions cost a hell of a lot of money: the ilegal, inmoral and absurd invation of Iraq has cost so far 3 TRILLION DOLLARS, AND COUNTING. Of course you are making very happy to all those Merchants of Death.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 9:28 PM, JJ82 wrote:

    You can tell who the Tea Baggers are here, they ALWAYS root against America no matter the topic, even rooting for COMMUNISTS, as long as its against Obama.

    The way they defend Putin and Russia, you can tell they are actually Communists posing as American patriots to help destroy America from within.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 9:36 PM, frankthetank04 wrote:

    We own more home weapons than the entire population? I'm not sure that makes sense. Also...AK-47's are crap. Most Americans don't own fully auto anything as it's illegal.

    We do own weapons though because we like to keep our families safe We also have the "right to bare arms" incase the government tries to take our rights....and also incase some country decides to invade us like whats happening in Ukraine.

    We went to Iraq because we were attacked on out own soil...and it may have cost trillions, but you can't put a price on the 5,000+ lives that we lost in the World Trade Center.

    War sucks...but we defend our allies no matter what. And if that means we have to stay in debt then so be it. We have been in debt forever and aren't getting out any time soon.

    Most people hate the "police" but somebody has to keep the peace. If you aren't doing anything illegal, then you have no reason to hate the police.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:12 PM, N1teHawk wrote:

    Why are we getting involved in this?

    Oh, I forgot, getting into international conflicts is good for defense companies.

    Although, not so good for low level military personnel, but they don't make campaign contributions.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:13 PM, liberalhawk wrote:

    Since when is Spain considered "Russian" waters? We have maintained a naval presence at Rota, Spain since WWII. I can remember my husband's ship being resupplied at Rota, Spain back in 1969. Either Putin is getting Alzheimer's, or he is really reaching far beyond his territorial grasp. What is his next complaint about where our Navy is sailing going to be about in the Gulf of Mexico? Putin needs to remember, Turkey is a part of NATO and much closer to his 'shores' than Spain. Too bad if he doesn't like us so close, perhaps he needs to draw in his claws.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:19 PM, afmobius wrote:

    Look at the past to help predict the future... history really has a way of repeating itself... this made me think about Russia , missiles and Cuba.

    Since we are the aggressor this time (because we were invited to the middle east), the Government is doing their best to make sure any information US citizens get is filtered through Washington. Look for articles like Obama's hour and a half phone call to Putin. "Obama warned...sanctions...UN..." and so on. Not one word of Putin's response or reaction.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:39 PM, NoMorePutin wrote:

    This here is PUTIN'S A*S*S. He betta watch himself, couz there ain't no "come back" from chir likw diss! He's abouts to get himself and all of Russia into one terrible repercussions that NONE of them will ever live down. The stakes just went WAY UP beyond the clouds and far out of sight! PUTIN had best quit actin S.T.U.P.I.D real FAST if he knows what's good for his pasty ghost lookin face of his.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 10:41 PM, Hammerhead715 wrote:

    It still only takes one sub with one torpedo to knock out this "BMD".

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:01 PM, chefjon wrote:

    Not the most honest of articles. The title says we're sending ships "into Russian waters"...no, we're not. International waters are...wait for it...international.

    We aren't "sending ships to Russia" as was later stated. We're just sending them to that neck of the woods.

    Great fear-mongering and yellow "journalism", folks. Sorry I clicked the link.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:05 PM, TKK1959 wrote:

    It's about time to show Idiot Putin there are bigger powers in this world besides Russia. I say bring out the Battleships once more & send a few fighter squadrons to the Balkans area & see if his lip curls up or not.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:14 PM, Aj109 wrote:

    Someone should do a piece on the similarity of the Russian reaction to the Ukrainian crisis to the US reaction to the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s. Nobody wants a hostile power next door.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:24 PM, Sammy456 wrote:

    Three ships might upset Putin a bit but if s(hit hits the fan and WWlll starts up they'll need a heck of lot more warships and air and ground support units to take out Putins missiles.Three ships ain't going to cut it.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:26 PM, tsarman wrote:

    Putin is a great man

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:43 PM, ellaerdos wrote:

    It's all BS designed to cater to Russian and American media whores.

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2014, at 11:59 PM, flash44 wrote:

    politicians need to grow up, instead of playing with dangerous toys ,and learn to communicate more ,and stop listening to their spindoctors or advisors who know nothing

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 12:03 AM, tsarman wrote:

    Putin is a great man. He is not trying to start a new USSR. He wants to bring back the Russian monarchy with himself as Tsar. I don't think it is a bad thing at all. Russian was morally and spritually corrupt under the leadership of the communist party. But if Russia goes back to being a true empire with one emperor that is the best thing for the country. A Russian empire doesn't want war against the US unless provoked. The Ukraine, Georgia, the Baltics, Poland, Belarus, Kazakstan and even Finland are all Russian territory. The US and the EU should respect the right of the Russian people to engage in their manifest destiny. Just like the US did in the 19th century. The US and the EU should learn that the 19th century imperial principles were the best humanity had. The British ruined those priciples be getting the world into world war 1. That war led to communists, revolutionaries, world war 2, Hitler, Stalin and anything else wrong with the world today. Let's not have a repeat of world war 1. Let the US and Russia have a good strategic relationship. Not one on Trust only but on respect. The two countries don't need to be buddies. The US can rule the west just like Britain did in the 19th century and Russia can rule the east. Another issue the US government also likes to mock the Russian Orthodox Church. That church is the new Russia in the 21 century. Just like the church was the big power with the Tsar in the 19th century. The US must have a spiritual awakening just like the Russian people are having now. A country with no morals will never be respected and powerful no matter how many ships and bombs it has. Soviet Russia use to allow abortions they are being banned now in the new Russia. People are learning to respect traditions like having children after you are married. And no unlike the present US regime Russia doesn't ban Homosexuality (actually that was done under communism), but there are fines and penalties for bringing out in the open. Basically the new moral Russia says keep it in the closet. America can learn a great lesson from Russia. The US has become morally bankrupt. There is no respect for ones elders and no self respect among the American people especially today's youth. Religion in America goes in all sorts of directions but doesn't captivate the imagination. In Russia today morals and religion continues to increase among the Russian people and especially the youth. Who has made all this possible? His name is Putin.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 12:18 AM, bigeagle308 wrote:

    I don't care if the USA can't get along with Russia. I am latino and I am against foreign military in our latino countries. Especially American GI Joes who interact with our latina woman or latina relativas. I would like to see an american GI Joe threaten me with violence If I won't let an American interact with my latina relatives or friends. Americans don't let latinos interact with their gringas. So Gringos are not welcome to interact with our latinas in our latino countries. I have my fist ready

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 12:20 AM, tsarman wrote:

    praise putin

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 12:24 AM, tsarman wrote:

    The US should invade Mexico and Canada that is our destiny

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 12:25 AM, atomicend wrote:

    this is just the best thing to do send all warships to the area h bomb north Korea destroy the country and push Russia back to its smallest part of the globe country's like this really never want peace so to stay at peace USA must blow these country apart smash there way of life so that we can be at peace just a shame we can not be at peace this should have been done at the end of ww2 but we gave them a chance if you do not want to share in are peace then die in our belief's of freedom for all are men should not die anymore for there hating of our way of life

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 1:14 AM, dirtyolman wrote:

    I see Putin as another Adolf Hitler.The world doesn!t need another Hitler.Its stop him now,or forever keep your mouth shut.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 2:32 AM, GetReal7 wrote:

    What national interests are really served by sending a US warship into the Black Sea, whether into Russian territorial waters or right on their edge? Are we in danger of losing our First Amendment Rights? Our Second Amendment Rights? Oops... those are already under constant threat -- from our "representative" government. How about all our other rights? Just HOW is Russia threatening you and me? Are they going to take our homes? No. Is the IRS? Ooops. Just what is at stake in Russia asserting its historical territorial claims (about which the US seems to know nothing)? The "freedoms" we "enjoy" or oil, maybe? Steel? Good grief. George Washington is rolling in his grave.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 3:28 AM, luhen wrote:

    So, what is the point in further baiting the bear...Does anybody want a war or is it just more business for the "complex"...Now the Congress should vote for funding the Ukrainian energy requirements to replace the Russian subsidies.John McCain please assume leadership of this legislation....

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 6:06 AM, nypu wrote:

    Show of force is just that. It will remain that without firing a shot and Moscow will not care less.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 7:18 AM, heraldmage wrote:

    First Russia DID NOT invade & annex the autonomous Republic of Crimea. They declared independence after the unelected coup government in Kiev rescinded their autonomy, banned their political parties & languages, dissolved their elected Parliament and appointed an oligarch to rule & sent along neo-Nazi security forces to take control. The neo-nazi security stopped in towns along the way to pull down WW2 war memorials & take control of government buildings giving Crimeans time to organize volunteer defenses.The whole thing with Russia is just another "wag the dog" to get the US public to support an all out war. MIC & their investor new a new source of guaranteed profits now that maybe Afghanistan is done. We didn't fall for Syria thanks to Lavrov. He should get the Noble Peace Prize. But the Hawks are flying trying to get us into a war. What do they care they'll make all the money are children will do the dying. For what? More money for US, EU & Ukraine oligarchs. When are we going to stop this senseless killing for profit?

    Maybe Russia should send some of its new destroyers over to South America help UNASUR set up defenses against US & EU. Certainly could visit Cuba again or take over the Panama Canal.

    The US sending ships into the Black Sea is just another example of US hypocrisy it can violate & ignore treaties but an adversary better not

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 7:21 AM, billasia2000 wrote:

    i agree with many of the comments in this thread: this article does not even come close to explaining how the dispatch of three BMD's to the Black Sea complicates Putin s thinking vis a vis Ukraine. He doesn't need missiles to annex Ukraine, and it s unlikely he s thinking about nuking us--or anyone else--anytime soon. At difficult geopolitical moments like these, clarity of thought and expression needs to be at a premium....

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 7:50 AM, Californian45 wrote:

    I'll be respectful, as you ask, however, Russia probably will send its nuclear missiles submarines to both, East Coast and West Coast waters . Maybe idiots in the Obama government will realize what they are starting .

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 7:55 AM, heraldmage wrote:

    You know the US educational system has really failed when you read that Russia is a communist country.

    FYI: The Russian Federation is a democracy it's new constitution was approved by referendum of all Russia voters in 1993. In 1789 US only white, literate, male landowners could vote.

    Communism was a stage the people needed to go through after 100's of yrs of absolute monarchy & serfdom. Freedom to do anything or nothing was a new concept. Like in China the people first learned to work together for the betterment of the nation. Then they added more rights & freedoms in the move to democracy & individualism

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 7:56 AM, tcandadai wrote:

    Not sure Putin can be contained militarily. I believe we should constrict Russia financially. It will go the way USSR did. It may take come decades, though. And we should not relent until it is knocked out, not just knocked down.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 8:24 AM, hollywoodlafl wrote:

    Not a good idea that we should have been paying WORLD COP!

    A LOT of us have said this for many years. Anyway, how can we set a good example, if we can't even get our own house in order?

    We are now in a pickle against a pretty formidable opponent.

    US=Paper Tiger?

    How mach do you care to wager, that there are submarines patrolling also and there MAY be a conflict in the next few weeks/months?

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 8:44 AM, kingfish63 wrote:

    HAS ANYBODY EVER SEEN THE MOVIE THE DAY AFTER from the 80s very scary , we get into a conflict with RUSSIA and I.C.B.Ms start to fly , whats going with U.S and RUSSIA is the same thing what the movie is about . the U.S is playing with fire , and its scary , leave the russians alone it could escalate to a nuclear war we dont want that

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 8:50 AM, BobbiAJ wrote:

    This entire mess would never have happened if we had someone in the White House who had a backbone instead of a strand of boiled Ramen noodle for one.

    Putin knows obama is weak and he is going to grab back as much of the old Warsaw pact territory as he can.

    There is no way that Putin would have even tried to take Crimea if someone like Ronald Reagan was President.

    You speak softly but carry a big stick and peace through strength.

    One must also remember Putin is ex KGB and obama is ex community organizer aka a rabble rouser and while our community organizer in chief weakens the military Putin is rebuilding Russia's.

    obama is by far and away the worst president in the history of this country, he like carter are way out of their league.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 8:51 AM, kingfish63 wrote:

    I BET THERE IS A COUPLE RUSSIAN CLASS TYPHOON NUCLEAR BALLISTIC SUBS RIGHT OFF THE EAST COAST IN WAIT ,

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 9:00 AM, Grandpastu wrote:

    What fool of a Congressman ordered our ships into a hostile environment? Aren't we involved in enough trouble overseas while our country festers on the brink of collapse?

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 9:09 AM, kingfish63 wrote:

    I BET THERE THERE IS RUSSIAN TYPHOON CLASS BALLISTIC SUBs CRUZEING RIGHT OFF THE EAST COAST AND THE GULF COAST, JUST A THOUGHT TO THINK ABOUT, AND I BET OUR NUCLEAR SUBS ARE RIGHT OFF THERE COAST , A VERY SCARY SITUATION THE U.S IS PLAYING WITH FIRE

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 9:18 AM, kingfish63 wrote:

    THE U.S SHOULD HAVE NOT SENT THOSE DESTROYERS OVER THERE , RUSSIA SEE,S THAT AS MAJOR THREAT < THE U.S NEEDS TO BACK OFF LEAVE RUSSIA ALONE, WE DONT WANT TO GET INTO A CONFLICT WITH A COUNTRY THAT HAS THOUSANDS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 9:19 AM, Michael1939 wrote:

    OK, who really need repetition of Cold War?

    Who need war between Ukraine and Russia?

    Who need confrontation of Russia with EU and USA?

    Are Mao Zedong after Korean war was a best friend of USA?

    Why Nixon-Kissinger created from China-enemy of USA the best player of today Global economy?

    Is it not enough Afghanistan, Iraq, Arab's spring, turmoils in Africa, austerities in EU?

    COOPERATION IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN CONFRONTATION!

    Show to Putin real reset (not Hitler or KGB agent) and I am sure Crimea will be history.

    It will be in the best interest of all countries in the world, including Ukraine.

    We need leaders like Nixon Kissinger, which created prosperity, not confrontation.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 10:13 AM, TheTR0LL wrote:

    Has China posted a comment anywhere about this recent development?

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 10:41 AM, BigHouse wrote:

    This article is pretty lame. So what the U.S. has sent these types of warships into the waters off the coast of Russia, North Korea and China. I wouldn't rest my security on something like shooting down Ballistic missiles carrying nuke warheads. Each of the above countries can easily take out these ships.... Then what?

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 11:13 AM, kozak wrote:

    Hi from Russia,

    Yes, we DO have nuclear missiles which are able to reach the US within a few seconds...So, you'd rather tell your crazy politicians to mind their own business...none wants the WW3 here. Stop intefering into other contries's affair!

    watch some videos from the Crimea....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdVB6BRsguk&feature=share

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydGE8TN0MQA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0iOjwTIv3g

    have all those ppl in the streets been bribed by Putin or...?

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 11:20 AM, kozak wrote:

    Hi from Russia,

    Does someone doubts we have enough nuclear long-distance missiles? None wants the WW3 here...just tell your politicians to mind their own business, never in our inner sea...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0iOjwTIv3g

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stEYr2Mr088

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQIn55hgItU

    Have all those ppl in the streets been bribes by Putin?

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 11:20 AM, BigHouse wrote:

    This article is pretty lame... I swear the author of this article must be a part of President Obama's Cabinet, tauting a missile destroyer as a warning to President Putin. If this issue involved a country like Jamaica or Grenada, that is one thing.

    Shooting down nuclear ballistic missiles is not 100% successful!

    This article fails to mention, this is Russia and Russia has capability and counterr measures. These missile detroyers can be taken out by countries like Russia, China or even North Korea.

    In fact, Russia doesn't have to launch a first or second strike from it's own soil; they can launch from the number of submarines parked off the West, East and Gulf costs of the U.S. All U.S. cities are within striking distance from the submaries and from Russian soil.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 11:35 AM, richardorgill wrote:

    President Putin needs to understand that our President wants to go to war with someone. First it was Syria and the so-called Rebels (now we find out they were actually taken over by Al-Qaeda,) and now with the Russia. Before you bash me on Ukraine please keep in mind my grandparents and parents are from Kiev. I have cousins living there who tell me they want to be part of Russia since they have lost faith in their own Gvt. Not only was the former leader of Ukraine corrupt so are several members who the U.S. is backing to take over power.

    Last week the Ukraine parliament was fist fighting...and this is the Gvt we want to back? Obama lacks any type of International diplomacy so he draws lines in the sand and makes idle threats. What he really needs to do is study former Presidents and how they handled the old USSR.

    Defining the limits of Russian influence will be controversial. The United States -- and the countries within the old Soviet sphere -- will not want Russia to go too far.

    Russia will not become a global power in the next decade, but it has no choice but to become a major regional power. And that means it will clash with Europe. The Russian-European frontier remains a fault line.

    It is unreasonable to talk of Europe as if it were one entity. It is not, in spite of the existence of the European Union. Europe consists of a series of sovereign and contentious nation-states.

    In short, post-Cold War Europe is in benign chaos.

    Russia is the immediate strategic threat to Europe. Russia is interested not in conquering Europe, but in reasserting its control over the former Soviet Union. From the Russian point of view, this is both a reasonable attempt to establish some minimal sphere of influence and essentially a defensive measure.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 12:04 PM, kenbefound wrote:

    We have no business being over there. IMHO, Obama and Kerry are being reckless.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 1:14 PM, Stevenson wrote:

    ".....to make President Putin think twice about his reported plans to invade the rest of Ukraine?"

    His reported plans??? He never said that! Just the opposite that he never will! Russians have too much to take care of in Russia. Crimea was a different matter.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 1:16 PM, crazy0676 wrote:

    It is just like if one of our neighbor countries were being over powered would we just watch or actually do something to eliminate the threat?

    I would hope someone would step up and stop the problem.You have to remember the soviet union was not the most friendly people to deal with if they get back in business you can bet it will be worse than before because all of the people that wanted out of their control will be targets!!

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 1:32 PM, lgjohns1 wrote:

    Lets not underestimated Putin. He is former KGB , which makes him a con man, a liar but not a fool so I hope the Obama administration doesn't think this gives them the upper hand.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 1:40 PM, NVNavyvet wrote:

    The ignorance on these comments is astounding. That class of ship is the most heavily armed and technologically advanced ship in the WORLD! If it is in Russian waters it would not be at the bottom of the sea. It is not just a defensive weapon. Russia and China's Navy would not stand a chance against our fleets so yes they are a threat. That ship is capable of carrying up to 25 Tomahawk cruise missiles, anti-ship missiles, torpedoes, and has some electronic welfare capabilities.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 2:36 PM, tinmann67 wrote:

    I so agree with NVNavyvet as I served and was stationed on these ships. They have everything needed for defense along with major offense and are one of the best warships ever to be built. They care more than 25 Tomahawk missiles as that is in one bay and they have several missile bays. They are one very powerful ship and yes Putin needs to be worried as it could cause major damage to any force in a blink. Remember we also have the biggest and best submarine squadrons so let Putin send a few over to our shores as they can be taken care of in a blink as well. Don't screw with our Navy it is the most powerful on this planet and always will be.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 2:40 PM, lisl wrote:

    This is just for show, we have no intention of getting into a fight with Russia. I do not think Russia or the US want a battle. Russia will unfortunately end up with the Ukraine once again.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 3:26 PM, ngage wrote:

    @Tinmann67's Quote: "They care more than 25 Tomahawk missiles as that is in one bay and they have several missile bays. They are one very powerful ship and yes Putin needs to be worried as it could cause major damage to any force in a blink."

    Hmmm, you really think the ship is invincible??

    What moron you are! Read about SS-N-22 Sunburn anti-ship cruise-missile.

    Also, a conventional 125mm cannon could do a lot of damage if destroyer manages to intercept hundreds of incoming sunburn missiles which is HIGHLY unlikely, given the fact that the only capable defensive measure this ship has to date is The Phalanx CIWS, or "Sea Whizz, which is still not enough to stop the Sunburn missile traveling at 2400 feet/sec.

    Good luck with lulling yourself to comfort at the bottom of the Black Sea.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 3:58 PM, kindalarge wrote:

    In one year, America spent $607.2 Billion Dollars on it's ever so powerful military. Just think what just half that money could do if it were put back into our own country rather than assuring America's number one spot as the biggest kid on the block.

    I look at all of this a couple different ways. I do agree that America needs to maintain it's number one spot as the biggest kid on the block yet, at the same time what if we were to not get involved in other countries business. Some people say that our economy's bouncing back but, I haven't seen it. I don't think things are ever going back to how they once were years ago. That's obvious...

    I say that we the U.S. pull the majority of our troops back home and stop meddling in other countries personal affairs/wars. If other countries want to kill and exterminate each other then I say "Let them all die!" as long as we maintain our current level position as the biggest kid on the block.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 4:03 PM, r1derbike wrote:

    The Obama administration had nothing to do with this military positioning. His criminal administration has proven that he despises America, its citizens and form of government. It is very obvious his neo-Marxist/Alinsky socialist agenda is on full afterburner, to make citizens of this country subjugate beings.

    Need I go on? No, his administration had nothing to do with military operations; the military did.

    Crediting the Obama administration for this is just another media lie, and you know it.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 4:38 PM, berman332 wrote:

    Btw, the Arleigh Burke class destroyers that those ships belong to also carry Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missiles, which are highly accurate and the favorite weapon of choice, as shown by the last three prior Presidential administrations, when we want to strike back at countries that will not back down from their aggression. It is also hard to defend against the Tomahawks. So, they are also the weapon of choice to take down an air defense before an air strike, ex. Desert Storm. Since they are a ship based system, you can also move them around to make it harder to target. These missiles also can be armed with a nuclear warhead, the WD-80, that can be easily swapped out with the normally armed conventional warhead,

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 4:48 PM, berman332 wrote:

    Btw, I think Putin has more problems to worried about than a war with the NATO and the United States over the Crimea Peninsula and Ukraine. How about his economy? It is very dependable on oil and gas exports, so if the EU decide to buy their supply, they are dead. Also, a lot of their money is leaving the country. Most of their major industries are controlled by Putin's cronies. So, there is no incentives to invest in the economy. Therefore, this adventure is going to hurt more in his pocketbook then any war even would. Remember, people decide who and how they want to be governed based on their pocketbook and their bellies. So, if you have no money and are hunger because your government is stupid, they are going to hear about it. If this guy is so tough and good to the Russian people, why does he have to control the Russian media and brainwashed his own people. He is the school yard bully who show how tough he is by beating up all the little guys and taking their lunch money,

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 4:48 PM, MauiMauler wrote:

    I can't resist. This is such exaggeration and propaganda. "Oh look, our destroyer is so powerful. We only need to send one and the Russian's fear us!" What kind of patriotic bs is this? This is like those propaganda posters all over the place during WW2. Everyone who is educated in military capabilities would know exactly what these ships can do and what the Russian's can do as well. One Arleigh-burke class DDG ain't gonna do crap. Only an entire fleet would make a difference. When crap goes down, that DDG will be blown out of the water on its own. An attack squadron of jets armed with anti-ship missiles will easily do the job without the destroyer even being able to shoot back, except for shooting at the missiles coming towards it. It can't shoot them all down. Not to mention all the anti-ship missiles that can be launched from the coast of Russia. I'm American myself, but I do not believe our military capabilities should be exaggerated. Russia has the same military capabilities as we do. If we were ever to combat the Russian military, death ratio will be 1:1. Pretty much an eye for an eye scenario every battle. It will be a complete slaughter for the both of us. No one wants that. There will be no winner, only death. Whoever thinks that our military is so powerful, go join the fight, if we ever do combat the Russian's. Don't be surprised when everything you thought is "so powerful" blows up into pieces all around you.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 4:49 PM, MauiMauler wrote:

    Don't underestimate your enemy.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 5:23 PM, mystickisbig wrote:

    This is actually a good move on the US part the reason the Russian's don't like it is because they have nothing to counter this weapon. The Russian's have spent the 2 decades after the cold war doing nothing but making offensive weapons. The US on the other hand has invested in Defensive weapoins such as these. The Russians don't like it because they are 20 years behind the US in technology on it. Good move on the US part and for those who think its not a threat to Russia look up how many weapons these destroyers can carry one is more than a viable threat in that close proximty to the Russian military.

    Now add sending 50-60 F-22's to Poland and that gives Putin something to think about

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 6:01 PM, maharabatha wrote:

    It is a very stupid attitude to play with fire regardless of how strong defense may be. Staring a conflict could bring the world to sand bits and stones..

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 6:41 PM, raiderssmcnz wrote:

    america has a one policy do as we say not as we do this country doesn't give a damn about peoples rights so long as its only in a way they are thinking Russia has done nothing wrong yet America through Kerry threatens all sorts of things and the American people buy into it.

    someone pointed out what if Russia put warships in American waters. i know what would happen America would go into a school boy tantrum and have a hissy fit.i use to have respect for America now i think of them as the worlds bullies.

    Whats the old saying live by the sword and then die by the sword. Americas economy must be going down the toilet so they need conflict somewhere to take peoples mind of it.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 6:42 PM, raiderssmcnz wrote:

    People talk about NATO they just Americas puppets like most of the worlds leaders who have no balls to say enough is enough keep us out of it.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 6:45 PM, raiderssmcnz wrote:

    if you read some of the comments on here you would think Americans want a war haven't they learnt nothing yet looks like they haven't.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 9:42 PM, let69 wrote:

    End of Life!! as we know Dumb ASS

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 10:32 PM, derby2111 wrote:

    4/13/2013

    Editor:

    A LA KENNEDY

    Just as the Soviet Union had it's eye on Crimea and the Ukraine, we once had our eye on Cuba. The similarities stand out. The Soviet Union not only counted the Ukraine a critical border area and part of their sphere of influence, but also had key Naval Bases in Crimea. By the same token Cuba, existing only a few miles from Florida, was so close it was by definition critical to border security. At the time, it was also a central clog of our regional sphere of influence. And to this day, we all know the military name "Guantanamo Bay." In addition, both Countries resorted to belligerent action, and both disguised the fighting force they unleashed. Thus, Confronting an almost identical security crisis, it should come as no surprise that responses would be similar. In fact, based on these similarities, it would not be much of a stretch to mistake yesterday's President John F Kennedy, with today's, Vladimir Putin.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 11:27 PM, pastorvon wrote:

    The Black Sea is not Russia's alone. It is international waters even though it is enclosed by several countries. Ships do have to gain access via Turkey and the Bosporus. The US, however, should not have sent only one destroyer. It should have sent two ot three in order that one of more might have the first one's back.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2014, at 11:50 PM, NYtoSF wrote:

    Same as before....I don't think Putin cares what a peanut gallery thinks. We're probably lucky he's not after us. Our country is weak. We are divided.

    You know it. I know it. He knows it.

    We fall.

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2014, at 12:05 AM, lynn1 wrote:

    First of all people who think the USA isn't the powerhouse we used to you have to be stupid !! Do you know we don't say what we have until we use it. For example seal team 6 stealth helicopter??? Remember that no one knew it exist. Do you think we would send anything there if we could not back it up and cover ourselves. Do you people know we always have something in the back pocket that it may come out 20 years later and something else has already been made and it's is new news to us but old news to or men and women of the arm forces!! Russia and other countries know we do not play and if we make noise we definitely can back it up. Don't ever think we go and never prepared. And do you have you ever seen so many secret new launches of satellites from the USA that we have had last year and this year. Come one people we talk light but hit with big sticks!! Russia is a fool to even think stupid !! Do you think that secret aircraft that has been hovering in space for almost a year probably longer is just hovering for nothing. Come on people if I was Russia I would be very scared and not scared of what I see but what I don't know and can't see!! Before they even press the button lights out!! You people better stop talking stupid !! Russia knows who to play with. Don't think for one minute the USA is slipping !! They never go unprepared. Not when the USA is at risk. If I would Russia I would be very very still and not make any stupid mistakes. And the people of Russia need to talk to their president so he does not make stupid mistakes. I would be scared as hell to see the USA sending anything my way especially what I dont know are SEE!!! Get the Picture!! Your Move Russia!!

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2014, at 12:21 AM, Welcome2Moscow wrote:

    Putin is playing chess, and just like his chess board Russian Media is a pawn! RT MOSCOW is a bunch of Malarkey! I am sick of how much "De'rmo" Putin is playing on his TV's to instigate a war into Europe.

    We need to arm Ukraine! Russia has a great army but has one air craft carrier :( Well how bout we show them what a real navy looks like lol

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2014, at 12:23 AM, Welcome2Moscow wrote:

    I have a feeling Russia has been planning this for a while, look at the Russian Spy house in North Jersey it is still for sale.

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2014, at 12:25 AM, lsiconstruction wrote:

    I think this a stupid showoff one to the other. I have feeling of this two guys " US and Russia" are cooking the World War III . I would recommend to US to remember Russian President is one of the most powerful KGB agents at Soviet time and US has to remember on that time every thing was being done hidden and things were coming up by very sudden from Soviet Countries. Now my suggestion is ....US has to be careful not to play a game so next day to regret for his mistake. This is not a jock. All is about world humans been...

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2014, at 2:54 AM, Alyex wrote:

    YOU ARE ALL WAR-MONGERING IDIOTS. Russia will annihilate you with your lousy America in a few seconds, dudes!!!

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2014, at 4:41 AM, Chikeluba wrote:

    President Obama should face US citizen's health care and forget claiming to be world leader becos Americans still look up to him to lead well before leaving office. Russia is a superpower no doubt about it and if US cannot win war against Afghanistan etc, is it Russia it will fight and win? Obama, think twice before you mess yourself up and loose your diginity. China is growing fast so go back and stop wasting American's tax payers money on nonsense war without focus.

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2014, at 12:23 PM, STETI wrote:

    PressTV 4/14/2014

    Ukrainian deposed President Viktor Yanukovych says the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is provoking bloodshed in the country by sanctioning the use of weapons against pro-Russia protesters.

    Speaking on a Russian television station late on Sunday, the ousted president said the United States authorized the new government in Kiev to use force to crack down on protesters in the country’s east.

    Yanukovych also warned that Ukraine’s interim officials have taken the country to the brink of a civil war.

    He noted that CIA Director John Brennan met with Kiev’s new leaders in person and "in fact sanctioned the use of weapons and provoked bloodshed," in Ukraine.

    Yanukovych added that in the event of any bloodshed, the new interim officials of Ukraine as well as the US administration will be held responsible.

    He also urged the country’s security forces not to obey orders and restrain from shooting at people.

    Meanwhile, new reports say that at least three people have been killed in clashes between security forces and protesters during what Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov calls an "anti-terrorist operation” in the eastern town of Slavyansk.

    Political crisis erupted in Ukraine in November 2013, when Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia.

    Tensions between the Western powers and Moscow heightened after Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and formally applied to become part of the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16, in which nearly 97 percent of voters in Crimea chose to rejoin Russia.

    On March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law documents that officially made the Black Sea peninsula part of the Russian territory despite condemnation from the West and the new Ukrainian government.

    The move sparked angry reactions from the US and the European Union, both imposing punitive measures against Russia.

    NT/MAM/AS

    PressTV 4/14/2014

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called for explanation from Washington over reports of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director’s recent visit to Ukraine's capital city of Kiev.

    “We would like, in particular, to understand the meaning of these reports about CIA Director [John] Brennan’s recent visit to Kiev,” Lavrov said during a press conference in Moscow on Monday.

    He noted that the US government has so far failed to come up with “reasonable explanations” about the controversial visit during the weekend.

    His remarks came two days after reports from a source in the Ukrainian parliament suggesting that the CIA director had visited Kiev and held a meeting with the country’s leaders, as well as with representatives of Ukraine’s security agencies.

    Russia's top diplomat also accused the West of "off-the-scale" hypocrisy over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

    "We can remember when violence on [Kiev’s Independence Square, known as the] Maidan, that ended with dozens and dozens of deaths, was called democracy, while peaceful protests that are ongoing now in southeastern Ukraine are called terrorism," Lavrov added.

    Kiev started an “anti-terrorist operation” on Sunday in order to crack down on pro-Russia protests in Slavyansk, which is about 90 kilometers (55 miles) south of Ukraine’s industrial city of Donetsk.

    This came a day after armed demonstrators seized the town’s police station and its SBU security service building, calling for a referendum on unification with Russia.

    In addition to Slavyansk, protesters have reportedly taken control of state buildings in a number of other Ukrainian cities, including Donetsk, Kharkiv, Luhansk and Mikolayev.

    Pro-Russia rallies gained momentum after the Crimean territory declared independence from Ukraine and formally applied to become part of the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16, in which almost 97 percent of the participants voted for rejoining Russia, with a turnout of more than 83 percent.

    SSM/AB/SS

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2014, at 2:24 PM, TMFDitty wrote:

    I see a few posters have asked about the "Russian waters" aspect of this story. If you ask three maritime lawyers what constitutes a country's "waters," you'll likely get four different answers...

    But FWIW, I'll explain my thinking here, in two parts: Firstly, Russia considers the Black Sea "hers." It's adjacent Russia's shores. Russia has an entire fleet named after it. And now there's a U.S. warship sailing into it.

    Secondly, under exclusive economic zone theory, a country has a legal argument for claiming an interest in waters out to 200 miles distant (with some caveats) from its shores. With Crimea annexed, this radius covers the vast majority of the Black Sea. Again, this constitutes "Russian waters."

    Respectfully, and Foolishly yours,

    TMFDitty

  • Report this Comment On April 15, 2014, at 6:49 PM, BillFromNY wrote:

    Ah, here we go as the world's police force again.

    We have no involvement with the Ukraine except for its many emigrants. This anniversary of the Boston Marathon terrorist strike should be a reminder that we already have a few million people who would love to see an H-Bomb detonated in Times Square. And now provoke the Russians, who are already bitter about their loss of the Cold War and their Western European empire.

    Let Europe police Europe.

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