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Pentagon Cries Foul After Devious Russians Track US Warplanes Illegally Intruding in Syrian Airspace

Meanwhile, any Russian jet that comes within 1,000 km of NATO airspace is reported to the Hague

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Since the day after the Wright Brothers pretended to invent the airplane, the Pentagon has been flying its warplanes all over the world, dropping bombs, chemical agents, and other terrible things as part of its never-ending campaign to make Raytheon boat-loads of money. 

Killing people to keep stockholders happy is simply the price of doing business — and there's no reason to apologize or get upset about it (just look at Mosul, right now). 

<figcaption>US upset that it can't operate willy-nilly in another country's airspace</figcaption>
US upset that it can't operate willy-nilly in another country's airspace

But what does 'concern' the Pentagon?

According to a Pentagon correspondent for the Stars and Stripes, 'US aircraft being tracked while they violate a sovereign nation's airspace' really annoys the Defense Department a lot. 

What are we talking about here? S-300s, S-400s, or maybe just boring ol' Russian radar? It doesn't matter — the point is that it is very concerning

Simply outrageous. It's almost as if Russian forces were invited to operate in Syria, while the US invited itself to the party — in violation of every basic tenet of international law. 

But what exactly does 'painted' mean — aside from 'Russian war crimes'?

We consulted with a trusted RI source who, once upon a time, worked on US military fire control radar. Here's his take:

Painted refers to radar beam crossing over something, like a paint brush. Most combat aircraft have a detection system that listens for radar. When it receives a signal, it analyzes it (frequency, pulse width, frequency changes, etc.) as well as the direction and intensity; it puts that all on a small screen in the cockpit so the aircrew knows it is being looked at, tracked or fired upon. You can tell if you are locked on and if a missile was fired on most anti aircraft systems.

So there you have it. 

Here's a fun take from the always-great Moon of Alabama:


Remember: Any time a Russian jet comes within 1,000 kilometers of Estonia, NATO calls for an emergency meeting to discuss how best to respond to Russian aggression. 

And here we have US planes entering sovereign airspace, illegally, and often times dropping bombs, and the Pentagon is concerned about being 'painted' by the Russians. 

There's such an easy solution to this seemingly unsolvable problem. 

Take your planes. And go home. 

P.S. — We don't even know if the Pentagon is being truthful about Russian air defense systems 'painting' US aircraft. What we do know is that the Pentagon is complaining about what could happen to their precious planes that are breaking international law. What a bunch of whiny muppets. 

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