By now you have seen this:
I love this explanation as to why the US basically did nothing but watch:
This was definitely provocative, but it doesn’t amount to a threat, said the retired frigate and cruiser CO.
“Well, we’re not at war with Russia,” Capt. Rick Hoffman said. “It would be one thing to be operating and have a threatening attack profile from someone who might not recognize me — that’s not the case here.”
If you have visual identification of the jet, can see it isn’t carrying weapons, and don’t detect any electronic emissions suggesting there was a missile lock on the ship, there’s nothing to be done.
And ultimately, the the rules of engagement put the CO in charge of how to respond.
“You don’t get to kill people just because they’re being annoying,” said Hoffman, who commanded frigate DeWert and cruiser Hue City. Cruisers are the fleet’s foremost air defense platform and are tasked with guarding flattops from incoming threats.
Basically, being a dick isn’t a death penalty offense, and it certainly isn’t an offense worthy of starting World War III.
This retired Navy officer could teach our nation’s police a thing or two.