Saturday, March 14, 2009

Shades of the Cuban Missel Crisis

I found this little story on and other news outlets this morning. It just made me think of another new, popular, young and untested President who once had to face a situation created by another nation thinking of using our neighbor to the south for a staging area for their own military objectives. I certainly hope this little potential minefield is quickly diffused before it becomes something more troubling. Hopefully, this nothing more than diplomatic chest pounding in hopes of averting similar placement of US assets overseas. CNN Russian strategic bombers could use Cuba airfields
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russia expressed interest in using Cuban airfields during patrol missions of its strategic bombers, Russia's Interfax news agency reported
"There are four or five airfields in
Cuba with 4,000-meter-long runways, which absolutely suit us," Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev told Interfax.
Zhikharev, who is the chief of staff of the
Russian Air Force's long-range aviation, said, "If the two chiefs of state display such a political will, we are ready to fly there."
Zhikharev also told Interfax that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered a military airfield on La Orchila island as a temporary base for Russian strategic bombers.
"If a relevant political decision is made, this is possible," he said, according to Interfax. Zhikharev said he visited La Orchila in 2008 and can confirm that with minor reconstruction, the airfield owned by a local naval base can accept fully-loaded Russian strategic bombers.