I got a chuckle out of the bit about the transponders, which reminded me about the old joke about plans for the first manned trip to the sun.
“But you’ll burn up!”
“We’ll land at night.”
Anyway, read what the Russians are up to now:
A U.S. official told CNN Thursday that Russian fighter jets turned off their transponders as they flew into Syria in an apparent attempt to avoid detection. The official said the fighters flew very close to a transport plane that had its transponder on and functioning.
U.S. satellites rapidly saw that the aircraft were there, according to the official.
The assessment over the weekend was that the fighter jets were on their way. The same official said the Russians have begun flying drones around the coastal city of Latakia.
With no ISIS fighters in the area, the move raises serious questions about the Russians’ intentions with their military buildup, which the U.S. has questioned the purpose of and watched with wariness.
I’m over it — it’s not “our” Middle East anymore. It will at least be interesting to see what the Russians do do with the place.