Saturday, March 14, 2009

Out of his league...or...

March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Russia could land strategic bombers at Cuban and Venezuelan airfields while conducting patrols, the head of the Russian strategic air force was quoted as saying by the Interfax news service.

“With Cuba, this is possible,” the Moscow-based agency quoted Major General Anatoly Zhikharev as saying. “There are four or five airfields with 4,000-meter (13,000-feet) runways which suit us completely.”

Russia has also received an offer to temporarily station bombers in Venezuela from President Hugo Chavez, which Zhikharev called “possible,” according to state television station Vesti-24.

“If the heads of the two countries show the will, the political will, then we are prepared to fly there,” Zhikharev said, according to Interfax.
You see it...right? I'm not the only one that is sitting here with an open mouth.

President Obama is getting his lunch handed to him by the Russians. It has been non-stop since he took office. First there was the Kyrgyzstan base closure which was pressured, admittedly, by the Russians. As a solution, the Russians offered passage to supply the bordering portion of Afghanistan (which they would be able to shut down in a heartbeat)...and our current administration is actually considering it.

Then there was the whole "Missile Defense" fiasco in which the current administration was embarrassed by the Russian public comment on a half-assed plea for assistance with the Iranian nuclear weapons quest.

At the same time, the current administration is actually talking publically about working WITH the Russians in the future to joint-deploy similar missile defense systems (inside their own country).

We believe the US and Russia can co-operate on missile defence through joint research and even joint deployment in the future . . . it is intended to be a defensive response vis-a -vis Iran and other actors,” Mrs Clinton told journalists in Brussels before flying on to Geneva to hold her first substantive talks with Russia foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.
I'll say it again...either President Obama is way way wayyyyyy out of his league, or he is compromising this country's security on purpose.