RUSSIANS BUILDING NAVAL BASE IN CUBA.....WHERE IS OBAMA????? DO WE HAVE A LEADER??
If things go as planned, Russia could soon have a naval base just over 90 miles away from the continental U.S. Our former Cold War foe has been in talks with Cuba for some time, and is now making it known that a deal between the two nations is closer to happening.
Russian Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov says Russia is "studying the creation of points for assistance and technical maintenance" not only in Cuba, but in "the Republic of Seychelles and Vietnam" as well. In short, this means that while Obama continues to dismiss Russia as any real threat to American interests or American security, Russia is looking for ways to expand its Navy's global reach.
It's worth noting that if the base in Cuba does come to fruition, ships armed with Russian cruise missiles and more could sitting less than a hundred miles from our shore. Yet neither the Obama administration nor the Pentagon have expressed concern over the potential naval base. Instead, they've issued statements that sound somewhat supportive of Russia in this endeavor.
Whether the base is built or not, this whole issue brings Gov. Romney's comment from April back into focus: "[Russia is] our number one geopolitical foe."
HERE IS ANOTHER REPORT REGARDING THIS ISSUE
Texas Senator Cornyn Demands Answers on Russian Sub in Gulf of Mexico
According to the Houston Chronicle, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has written a letter to the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, about reports that a Russian attack submarine operated in the Gulf of Mexico in June and July undetected.
Report of Russian attack submarine in the Gulf of Mexico
Bill Gertz, a longtime military analyst, broke the original story in the Washington Free Beacon. According to his sources, an Akula class attack submarine operated freely and without detection in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks in June and July. That the Akula's presence in the Gulf of Mexico was determined only after she had left the area exposes deficiencies in the United States Navy's anti-submarine warfare capabilities. Gertz notes that the Obama defense budget calls for the scrapping of 10 P-8 anti submarine warfare jets that could be used to detect and, if necessary, sink submarines such as the Akula. Shipbuilding has also been drastically reduced under Obama administration defense plans.
Akula attack sub advanced
According to Naval Technology.com, the Russian Navy is known to have 14 Akula class submarines, some designated as Akula 1 and some, more advanced and stealthy, the Akula 2. It is unknown at this time whether the submarine that operated in the Gulf of Mexico was an Akula 1 or an Akula 2. The main armament of an Akula are 12 SS-N-21 cruise missiles with a range of 3,000 kilometers and with a 200 kiloton nuclear warhead. The Akula is also equipped with a number of anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles, the former of which can also be nuclear-tipped. The submarine also has the capability to launch torpedoes and anti-ship mines. The Akula is nuclear powered with a diesel reserve power system.
Cornyn's letter demands answers
Cornyn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has demanded an explanation of the press reports of the submarine incursion, which was apparently accompanied by Russian bomber flights in restricted American airspace. Cornyn points out, as does the account in the Washington Free Beacon, that the Russian military operations so close to American shores constitutes a new, aggressive military stance being conducted by the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Cornyn goes on to express concerns about Obama administration budget cuts that, in his view, will seriously hamper the ability of the United States military to respond to such incursions.
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