Saturday, March 14, 2009

Testing the new kid

Well, this will certainly be interesting.
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.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Think the Russians have an idea of what kind of president they're dealing with? Unfortunately, I think they do.


Anonymous said...

I do believe that the Russians are poking Obama in the eye, but still, there is precedence for actions like this.

The Russians deployed "bombers" (actually TU-142 Bear F's, an ASW variant of the TU-95) to Cuba during the Cold War up until the Wall fell.

Eric said...

Yes, you're right, Anon. But I think the more important point is that the Russians never entertained this notion during Bush 43 or 41, or even with Clinton.