With John R. Bolton being appointed as National Security Advisor to The White House on April 9th, many have suspected that the United States' approach to foreign diplomacy would be changing based on Bolton's past record.
Less than 24 hours after his appointment the tensions between the United States and Russia escalated to a fevered pitch. Over the past several hours the situation has become more grave as the United States and Russia each toss threats back and forth at each other over the situation in Syria.
Here in Hawaii military exercises have stepped up over the past 24 hours as artillery shelling could clearly be heard from Scofield Barracks yesterday afternoon and both yesterday and today multiple fighter aircraft have been seen overhead taking off from and landing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Three of the worlds Superpowers, The United States, Russia, and China, will be involved in the conflict if it continues to escalate, which I believe it now has no other option but to continue. However, I do not believe this time will be a "limited" situation as the last airstrike was.
Russia has warned the United States that if it attacks its ally Syria over the alleged chemical attack that Russia continues to deny, it will shoot the missiles down and it the launch sites will be targeted.
With a direct threat from Russia to target United States missile launch sites, this is a clear indication of their willingness to escalate a limited strike into more than that. If that happens the United States will not just sit back and allow our missile launch sites to be attacked, they will have no other option than to launch missiles against Russian launch sites in retaliation.
Eurocontrol - the European Air Traffic Control agency, cautions airlines to avoid Syria due to possible launch of air strikes within the next 72 hours. As you can see by the radar image below taken today at 10:30 HST, flights are now avoiding Syrian airspace. In fact airspace over both Iraq and Syria is now in effect a "no-fly zone" as the last commercial airline passes out of Syrian airspace. The only traffic on radar now is Russian Ilyushin IL-76MD military aircraft from the 223rd Flight Unit that has been circling overhead.