by Larry Johnson at A Son of the American Revolution
Don’t be confused. The alleged “collision” between a Russian SU-27 jet fighter and a U.S. Air Force MQ9 Reaper drone was not an accident. Russia was sending an unmistakable message to Washington and its NATO allies — Russian patience with NATO arming and prolonging the war in Ukraine is waning and Russia is prepared to act against targets that enable attacks on Russian forces in Ukraine.
The drone in question was a MQ9 Reaper, not a Global Hawk. While the Reaper can carry a combat load, it is highly likely this one was configured only to do an ISR missions *(i.e., Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance).
The reaction of the United States’ Department of Defense is predicatable and juvenile:
Oh boy. Putin hurt the feelings of General Hecker and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin…
Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris at the Duran have a few things to say about the downing of the MQ9 Reaper drone