Monday, February 29, 2016

How Flexible Will We Be?

Russia wants to fly over American soil with advanced cameras. This should be a no-brainer to say "no." So it could go either way with Kerry in charge of our diplomacy.

Seriously? This is a dilemma?

Russia will formally ask the Open Skies Consultative Commission, based in Vienna, to be allowed to fly an aircraft equipped with high-tech sensors over the United States, according to a senior congressional staffer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the staff member wasn't authorized to discuss the issue publicly.

The request will put the Obama administration in the position of having to decide whether to let Russia use the high-powered equipment on its surveillance planes at a time when Moscow, according to the latest State Department compliance report, is failing to meet all its obligations under the treaty. And it comes at one of the most tension-filled times in U.S.-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War, with the two countries at odds over Russian activity in Ukraine and Syria.

If it was up to me, I'd allow the Russians to fly a plane of sketch artists over America under the agreement--with one sheet of paper each.

Under the circumstances, how is this even up for debate? Just decide not to let Russia do this.