On Saturday, two Russian nuclear-capable bombers were detected flying close to the Aleutian Islands. The Aleutians belong to both Alaska and the Russian subject of Kamchatka Krai.

Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) spokesman Michael Kucharek told the Washington Free Beacon the bombers were intercepted by American F-22 jets:

“Two Alaskan-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Tu-95 ‘Bear’ long-range bomber aircraft flying in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, south of the Aleutian Islands.”

I guess the left-wing media were fools after all for making fun of Sarah Palin’s notion of Russia being very near Alaska.

Trivia: the distance between Alaska and Donald Trump’s real homeland is only 55 miles at its nearest proximity.

Kucharek said the bombers didn’t actually enter U.S. airspace:

“…the two Russian Tu-95 bomber aircraft were intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west. At no time did the Russian bombers enter Canadian or United States sovereign airspace.”

The reception of Russian bombers by Alaskan Raptor fighters is the second of its kind this year, the other occurring in May.

In a statement Thursday, NORAD officials explained they don’t report distance details in such cases due to security protocols:

“We do not identify the specific distance the aircraft flew from the west coast of Alaska due to operational security reasons. … The two Russian TU-95 bomber aircraft were intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west.”

According to the Beacon, in the event of an attack, one of Russia’s first targets would be America’s Cobra Dane radar system, headquartered at Eareckson Air Station, approximately 1,500 miles west of Anchorage. Other strike points would be Alaska’s Fort Greely and the state’s Clear Air Force Station.

Perhaps the greatest question of all is why Russia, led — as the Left has demanded (please see here and here) — by the tag team of Putin and Trump, would have a need to bring armaments nearby. Unless, as we may soon be told by CNN or MSNBC, Trump is planning a takeover of the U.S. for his Dark Lord, Putin.

It sounds ridiculous, but so are CNN and MSNBC.

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