According to Turner Radio Network, Russia has amassed 30 nuclear bombers at an airfield adjacent to Russia's Borisoglebsk national level nuclear weapons storage facility and US satellites have seen "numerous transfers from the storage facility to the aircraft."
For those who don't remember the real Cold War, let me translate: Russia and America are posturing and both sides are doing so very publicly with very, very serious machines of war.
This latest move by Russia is designed for public consumption as well as for the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Situation Room. It is also meant for the Russian populace, who want and need to know Putin has them covered and is not weak. Russians despise weakness - with a revulsion and disgust that is visceral.
Make no mistake - putting payload on 30 Russian bombers at a known nuclear facility is serious business. This is not a pair of long range bombers doing a fly-by in Alaska to make some radar jockeys get excited. Nor is it - necessarily - time to jump under the desk.
The last time the US and Russians played these games - and I use the word "games" with tongue-in-cheek, because this is no f'n game - we had real men in control of our country - men who loved America (yes, even though they loved power and money, too) and men who knew what real war was all about. Kennedy was not joking. Reagan was not joking.
But the measure of our current POTUS and his staff has been taken by the world, and we all know, they are a joke.
When our submariners start counting coup with Russian warships today, we do not have the thinking men in power we did the last time such games were played.
The Russians, do. Vlad is no joke.
Here's the link.
This may all wind down. But at the moment, it is spiraling upward and outward, at a pace not seen in many decades. One wrong move, one over (or under) reaction, and all the wrong buttons start to get pushed...