When the Russian Federation shot down a U.S. drone over the Black Sea this week, it appears that President Joe Biden’s administration will give Vladimir Putin a very poor performance assessment the next time he comes up for appraisal.
At least, one term in its messaging seems to imply this. According to former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, the Biden administration’s response to Tuesday’s downing included the peculiar adjective “unprofessional.”
What, was Putin wearing casual Friday attire on a Tuesday when he learned about the intercept? On the office computer he used to order the attack, was he downloading video games? Employing locker-room jargon in the congratulations letters he sent to the pilots of the Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets that shot down the drone?
McEnany, who is currently co-host of Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” tweeted a clip from that day’s show on the administration’s odd usage of the term “unprofessional” to characterize the shootdown, in which two Su-27 Flanker planes intercepted and shot down an Air Force MQ-9 drone over the Black Sea.
According to a press release from U.S. European Command, the incident happened when one of the Russian aircraft collided with the drone.
In a press release, the command stated the Russian drone pilots “conducted an unsafe and unprofessional intercept”.
Air Force Gen. James Hecker stated in a press statement that the MQ-9 “was conducting routine operations in international airspace when it was intercepted and hit by a Russian aircraft, resulting in a crash and complete loss of the MQ-9.”
MORE – USAF Gen. James Hecker: "Our MQ-9 aircraft was conducting routine operations in int'l airspace when it was intercepted and hit by a Russian aircraft, resulting in a crash and complete loss of the MQ-9."
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John Kirby, a member of the National Security Council, used similar terminology in an interview with CNN on Wednesday.
“We brought the ambassador into the State Department yesterday here in Washington, D.C. We certainly conveyed a direct message to him about our deep concerns over this reckless, unprofessional behavior by Russian pilots,” Kirby told host Don Lemon.
“So, yes, we have communicated directly through diplomatic channels as appropriate with the Russian government,” he said.
McEnany also said that Kirby’s “environmental concerns” appeared completely irrelevant when the globe is on the verge of war and the Russians are shooting down U.S. drones.
“But ‘unprofessional’ is the word that stuck out to me,” McEnany said.
“That term stuck out to me because I recall … a time when … the National Security spokesperson — she said ‘the Taliban have shown flexibility, and they have businesslike and professional in our dealings with them in the effort,’” she said, referring to the administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Biden, apparently, has a very low threshold for what’s considered “professional” behavior. (I’m sure there’s a Hunter Biden joke in here somewhere, but I’ll leave it to you, the reader, to find it.) CONTINUE READING…