99 Red Balloons. I am an old guy who grew up with cold war media and music images about generals with a hair trigger accidentally starting a nuclear war. There must be a dozen movies about it.
Yet here I read that actively watching NATO forces in an arena of war simply failed to notice a 1970s era plane-sized (47-feet length) drone plunking along through NATO airspace until it ran out of fuel and fell into a parking lot.
Hungarian sources said it arrived in their airspace via Romania, again without being detected by air defenses. The event is being treated as a serious incident and Croatia launched an investigation to try to understand how an old Soviet-era drone was able to fly undetected through NATO airspace.
The story says the Ukrainians are the side currently deploying this model of drone. Russian’s haven’t used it since the 90s. They inherited several at the breakup of the Soviet Union, just like their Mig 29s.
Oh so . . . even tough our troops are on high alert, a russian built military aircraft flkies across three NATO countries and NATO did not detect it and/or respond. (of course they are on high alert mind your.)
“Dumm -dee-dumm. High alert shmigh-alert. Let’s go play golf and ignore that 47-foot attack aircraft cruising through three nations’ airspace. Nothing to see here folks. dumm dee dumm.”
Obviously I am sitting here in the cheap seats, but if this is readiness in a war zone on high alert, I suddenly feel a lot less safe.
Blame Donald Trump if you want to (I dunno "Trump didn’t give XYZ to Romania and Hungary, hurt their feelings or whatever,) I would like to know that the problem as been recognized and that it will be fixed.
I can buy that. Although . . .
a “peacetime mindset, not a combat mindset” is what was happening last year and the year before etc… Your explanation sounds correct, and requires that we admit war in the Ukraine and state of alert in bordering countries meant as much as a ham sandwich.
“peacetime mindset, not a combat mindset” - - → before the invasion
“peacetime mindset, not a combat mindset” - - - > after the invasion
“peacetime mindset, not a combat mindset” - - - > after NATO declares an alert and starts deploying troops and tanks and planes.