Saturday, March 14, 2009

Shades of the Cuban Missel Crisis

I found this little story on CNN.com 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.

1 comment:

Ocean Sailor said...

I hadn't seen that particular article, but like you I am concerned. I am concerned with China and North Korea. If North Korea launches it's missile over Japan then Japan says they will shoot it down, being an ally of Japan we would be drawn into a conflict in Asia again. My concern with China is their huge investment in the US via T-Bills, bonds, real estate and whatever else you can think off. We are asking them to keep buying, what happens if they stop or even worse,catiolli dump everything?

BO is going to be tested!