Lolita C. Baldour of the AP reports that:

A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday.

This sort of thing was routine in the bad old days. And one would have thought it totally out-of-place (bad manners, almost) here in the enlightened 21st century.

Furthermore, haven’t they heard in Moscow that President Obama won reelection and now has more flexibility in his dealings with Russia?

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