Saturday, March 14, 2009

Hugo Chavez wants to host Russian strategic bombers

The voters of this country have elected an inexperienced young President. Many wondered if this would cause our adversaries to become adventuresome and challenge us. That is exactly what happened in the Cuban Missile crisis during John F. Kennedy's tenure in the White House. We barely avoided global thermonuclear war during that crisis. Next time, we may not be so lucky. Now that President Obama is in the White House, the Russians are looking for a place close by to keep some of their strategic bombers in case a political decision is made to advance deploy strategic forces. Hugo Chavez has offered an island. Also, Cuba is being considered. Is anyone having a feeling of "déjà vu"?
Official: Cuba, Venezuela May Host Russian Strategic Bombers

Saturday, 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.

The Kremlin, however, said the situation was hypothetical.

"The military is speaking about technical possibilities, that's all," Alexei Pavlov, a Kremlin official, told the Associated Press. "If there will be a development of the situation, then we can comment," he said.

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." (excerpt) read more at

1 comment:

Gene said...

The difference this time is I believe we will allow it without a whimper. I don't see the present administration challenging Russia on any major military issues.

In fact I think there are grumblings in congress on lifting the trade embargo on Cuba. Don't forget Hugo is giving Obama advice on how to convert United States to socialism.

Hugo must not get around his neighborhood much - since he nationalized oil. food, and whatever else his economy has went south. Of course when your economy is based on oil at $70 barrel and it sells for much less that can also cause you some grief.

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