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Castro, Chavez May Get Russky Bombers

From an elated Associated Press:

Report: Cuba, Venezuela could host Russian bombers


March 14, 2009

MOSCOW — A Russian Air Force chief said Saturday that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered an island as a temporary base for strategic Russian bombers, the Interfax news agency reported.

The chief of staff of Russia’s long range aviation, Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, also said Cuba could be used to base the aircraft, Interfax reported…

Zhikharev said Chavez had offered "a whole island with an airdrome, which we can use as a temporary base for strategic bombers," the agency reported. "If there is a corresponding political decision, then the use of the island … by the Russian Air Force is possible."

Interfax reported he said earlier that Cuba has air bases with four or five runways long enough for the huge bombers and could be used to host the long-range planes.

Two Russian bombers landed in Venezuela last year in what experts said was the first Western Hemisphere touchdown of Russian military craft since the end of the Cold War.

Cuba has never permanently hosted Russian or Soviet strategic aircraft. But Soviet short-range bombers often made stopovers there during the Cold War.

Russia resumed long-range bomber patrols in 2007 after a 15-year hiatus…

Isn’t it wonderful that Mrs. Clinton has push the “reset button” on US-Russian relations?

We are reset back to 1962.

Speaking of which:

Cuba has never permanently hosted Russian or Soviet strategic aircraft.

The AP’s grasp of history is truly laughable.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, March 14th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Castro, Chavez May Get Russky Bombers”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Hey Mr. Obama………. there’s a BEAR in our backyard and he looks hungry!!

  2. proreason says:

    This is probably Slow Joe’s “test”.

    I’m betting The Moron’s response will be to give a speech in which he describes the “new realities” of the modern world, which of course is that the U.S. cannot be the world’s cop and therefore is not obligated to take any action whatsoever to Russia’s understandable decision to cooperate with its allies. He will explain that we simply cannot treat every action of other country’s as provocative. After all, that is what got us into the quagmire in Iraq, and what fostered such a climate of hatred in the U.S. that has justifiably inflamed peace-loving Muslims around the world. Since U.S. dominance has caused so many problems in the world, now is the time to try “another approach”.

    The media will be thrilled with such a nuanced approach.

    He is busy destroying the wealth of the country. Destroying our national security looked to take longer…..but this new crisis shouldn’t be wasted either……now is the time to take the U.S. off its pedestal and make the world safer by surrendering to Russia.

  3. sheehanjihad says:

    Every Country’s leader has sensed the weakness and resolve of Obama. They also see the glaringly incompetent party line appointments for positions of great importance, they have long ago detected that there is zero experience or anything that poses a threat to their tactics.

    This is nothing more than an “in your face” by Putin to show the rest of the world that as a power, the US has been regulated to lapdog status, and anyone who wants to keep their own country in one peace better bow to the new dog on the street.

    In a world where we are threatened by so many influences….canine metaphors abound. Power hunger socialists are the pack dogs roaming free, Islam is the rabid dog attacking anything that moves, and the United States is the meek mongrel shivering under the porch, hoping for scraps if they submit quickly enough.

    Bombers in Cuba? Then B-1’s in the Czech Republic! I know, upping the ante is dangerous. What is more dangerous is telegraphing our unwillingness to check their aggression move for move. It wouldnt take more than one tactical move……and Putin would back off knowing he cant fight a truly United States.

    That’s why we now have Soviet bombers on their way to our back yard….Obama’s Hopeychangey hoopla didnt really impress hard line marxists who have been drooling for decades for this opportunity. Escalation of hostilities isnt going to be with them. It is going to be with “us”.

  4. Weasel says:

    “The One” will probably cut a bad deal (deals?) with the ruskies and give away something important, like missile defense (which actually works!), for a promise that the obsolete bombers will be removed or “better yet”, “not targeted at us”. A better response would be to increase our air defenses and tell them to put all the bombers they want in Cuba and Venezuela, our fighters need the targets!

    On the bright side, it looks like that “Overcharge” button is working just fine!

  5. jrmcdonald says:

    Next they will want to install a Marxist puppet in the White House, oh wait…

  6. DGA says:

    The Cuban missile crisis wouldn’t have been a crisis to obama, this dangerous show of force won’t be either, and Putin knows it. Putin will keep pushing the US with tactics like this and get away with every one, and might just take a few billion from hillary as a side bonus because of it all. Sickening. Lapdog is right.

  7. pinandpuller says:

    Is a Russian Bomber big enough and important enough for Speaker Pelosi to ride on? I’d like to suggest she book one for her next international trip. Give her the Slim Pickens treatment comrades-please?

  8. nascarnation says:

    Baraq is going to send economic stimulus checks to Fidel and Hugo so they can do infrastructure improvements on their airfields.

  9. VMAN says:

    It would nice if the idiot would stand up to the Russians but I’m afraid he won’t because it wouldn’t be fair for us to have missiles and and troops in Europe and the Russians not to have at least bomber in our hemisphere. I kind of think that if they made a move towards our airspace our plane would dispatch them it short order. Besides the Russian need a place to land that junk they cal aircraft. The only thing they have that’s worth a darn is what thewy stole from us.

  10. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The irony here is that Russia is more economically strapped than we are to sustain such operations. But obviously they have a bigger set of cajones than Obama and his select cadre of brassholes in the Pentagon. Somehow in his state of mind he’ll blow this all off and reason that fair is fair since we have personnel and missiles right at Russia’s doorstep. But to me, given Russia’s past, I see no moral equivalence in this situation.

  11. Sharps Rifle says:

    Oh great…and with no Strategic Air Command to be ready to blast Putin, Medvedev and the rest of them back to the Paleolithic. And Hussein wants to cut the US military back even further…

    Godalmighty…we are SO screwed by this socialist pile of garbage!

  12. BillK says:

    Come on Steve, you’re not following the AP’s “logic!”

    Cuba has never permanently hosted Russian or Soviet strategic aircraft.

    Q: Are there Russian/Soviet bombers hosted in Cuba now?

    A: No? Then any past hosting wasn’t permanent, was it?


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