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A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks and its travel in strategic U.S. waters was only confirmed after it left the region, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
It is only the second time since 2009 that a Russian attack submarine has patrolled so close to U.S. shores.
The stealth underwater incursion in the Gulf took place at the same time Russian strategic bombers made incursions into restricted U.S. airspace near Alaska and California in June and July, and highlights a growing military assertiveness by Moscow.
The submarine patrol also exposed what U.S. officials said were deficiencies in U.S. anti-submarine warfare capabilities—forces that are facing cuts under the Obama administration’s plan to reduce defense spending by $487 billion over the next 10 years.
The latest submarine incursion in the Gulf further highlights the failure of the Obama administration’s “reset” policy of conciliatory actions designed to develop closer ties with Moscow.
Of the submarine activity, Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “It’s a confounding situation arising from a lack of leadership in our dealings with Moscow. While the president is touting our supposed ‘reset’ in relations with Russia, Vladimir Putin is actively working against American interests, whether it’s in Syria or here in our own backyard.”
The last time an Akula submarine was known to be close to U.S. shores was 2009, when two Akulas were spotted patrolling off the east coast of the United States.
Those submarine patrols raised concerns at the time about a new Russian military assertiveness toward the United States, according to the New York Times, which first reported the 2009 Akula submarine activity.
The Pentagon and intelligence officials spoke anonymously to describe the effort to track the Russian submarines, which has not been publicly announced.
President Obama spoke by telephone with President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia on Tuesday, but it was not clear whether the subject of the submarines came up, although another source of friction between the two countries did. Mr. Medvedev called Mr. Obama to wish him a happy birthday and the White House said the president used the opportunity to urge Russia to work through diplomatic channels to resolve rising tensions with Georgia.
In June, Russian strategic nuclear bombers and support aircraft conducted a large-scale nuclear bomber exercise in the arctic. The exercise included simulated strikes on “enemy” strategic sites that defense officials say likely included notional attacks on U.S. missile defenses in Alaska.
Under the terms of the 2010 New START arms accord, such exercises require 14-day advanced notice of strategic bomber drills, and notification after the drills end. No such notification was given.
A second, alarming air incursion took place July 4 on the West Coast when a Bear H strategic bomber flew into U.S. airspace near California and was met by U.S. interceptor jets.
That incursion was said to have been a bomber incursion that has not been seen since before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
the possible overt military action calls into question the so-called “friendly” relationship President Obama believes he shares with a re-elected Russian President Vladimir Putin. At a March Nuclear Security Summit Obama was caught on a hot mike telling former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev “after my election, I’ll have more flexibility.”
That statement sent shock waves into the military world.
Originally posted by Scamzarilla
reply to post by jdub297
apparently on another thread about this same thread, the submarine did not actually enter the gulf or near it, more like the caribbean... check the 4th reply after OP here www.abovetopsecret.com...
Russian navy conducts war games in Caribbean
Russian warships have arrived in the Caribbean for war games with Venezuela in their first military exercise in the region since the end of the Cold War.
Their arrival came on the eve of the first visit to Caracas by President Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian leader, who is due to meet his strategic ally President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday.
Venezuelan sailors greeted the destroyer Admiral Chabanenko with a 21-gun salute, while Russians sailors stood to attention on the deck in their dress uniforms.
The Russian flotilla, headed by the flagship, the nuclear powered cruiser Peter the Great, has timed its arrival to coincide with the latest leg of a by Mr Medvedev of South America, which has included Peru and Brazil and will finish with Cuba.
Originally posted by InsideYourMind
reply to post by jdub297
I'm sorry but'
Russian obstruction of our peace efforts in Syria
Peace efforts??? The US and it's allies are the ones wreaking havoc in Syria....
Originally posted by LDragonFire
reply to post by jdub297
How is this a failure compared to the last administration and 9/11? Remember that? Remember the heads of agencies designed to protect us from foreign invaders being fired for the failures on 9/11, oh sorry that never happened did it?
In a stunning revelation made in his just released “Why America Slept: the Failure to Prevent 9/11” – Posner asserts the disaster of Sept. 11 could have been prevented and that President Clinton passed on more than one opportunity to arrest or kill Osama bin Laden.
Posner describes one incident in 1996 when Clinton passed on an easy opportunity to nab bin Laden.
“When bin Laden leaves the Sudan on a chartered commercial airliner with 150 of his top aides and his family, he goes to Qatar to refuel on his way to Pakistan,” Posner recounted to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night.
Clinton Admin. Knew of 9/11 Hijackers
More than a year before the 9/11 attacks, Clinton administration intelligence officials had identified four of the 19 9/11 hijackers as a terrorist threat - including al-Qaida team leader Mohamed Atta and his partner Marwan al-Shehhi, whose planes destroyed the World Trade Center and killed over 2,700 people.
But the critical information was not acted on, at least in part, because of prohibitions against intelligence sharing implemented by former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, who was reportedly installed in her post at the insistence of then-first lady Hillary Clinton.
In the summer of 2000, a military team, known as Able Danger, had prepared a chart that included visa photographs of Atta and al Shehhi and recommended to the military's Special Operations Command that the information be shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rep. Curt Weldon and a former intelligence official told the New York Times.
"We knew these were bad guys, and we wanted to do something about them," the former intelligence official said.
However, the recommendation was rejected and the information was not shared, in part, said the Times, because the four suspects had entered the United States on valid entry visas.
The U.S. has done nothing in Syria!
Exactly what type of support the finding authorizes is also unclear. The Obama administration has ruled out arming the rebels for now, providing only nonlethal assistance, such as communications equipment
U.S. officials have told CNN that Washington is cooperating with countries that are arming the rebels, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, to help find groups worthy of aid. Diplomatic sources have also said the United States is providing intelligence on Syrian troop movements, which is then passed to rebel groups.
"The time has come to consider and pick those groups that are most consistent with our interest and our vision for the future and begin to advantage them in terms of the internal politics, by providing assistance, including perhaps money as well as arms and advice," Dobbins said.
President Barack Obama has warned Syria's President Bashar al-Assad that his government will be held accountable if it uses chemical weapons.
BRITAIN is supplying chemical warfare technology to 26 countries including Libya, Syria, Israel and Iran -- which was labelled part of the 'axis of evil' by the United States.
A Sunday Herald investigation has revealed that the UK is allowing the export of the lethal chemicals, which are illegal under international law and controlled under the chemical weapons convention because they can be used in weapons of mass destruction.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which authorised the sales, has admitted that it does not know whether the exports will be used to create chemical weapons once they are exported, or not.
On the face of it, and in light of the widespread condemnation of Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, it might seem odd that the UK is still granting licences for the export of armoured 4x4 vehicles to Syria. Odder still that the UK government has permitted the sale of certain hazardous chemicals to Syria, too.
As Business Insider notes, one of the Pentagon's latest contracts will deliver $171.4 million to Russian state-controlled arms dealer Rosoboronexport, lead supplier of weapons to the brutal regime in Syria.
Originally posted by neo96
Norad is a joke Cheyenne Mountain the hub of "Norad" has been relegated to "standby status" when basically means shut down.
The nuclear trident of air,land,sea based ICBM's is a joke compared to what it use to be, that with the drastic nuclear reductions of the current administration put's this nation at greater risk that at any other time in world history.
That air element is comprised of B-52's that are over 60 years old, a hand full of land basesd systems and a hand ful of sea assets.
The current state of readiness is a joke which is why you see Russian, and Chinese getting too close to US waters. and why they ghost American naval ships at sea, and invade US airspace.
Hell after 9-11 there were Canadian jets patroling US skies because of the gutting of the US military, compound that with a decade of war, compound that with the current dude in the oval office who thinks social engineering is more important than national defense.
When I here people say we have the best military in the world that is pure arrogance and ignorance of what we use to have an edge that is no longer there.
And if things contnue we are doomed.
edit on 14-8-2012 by neo96 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Happy1
reply to post by jdub297
Is anyone surprised? Obama and Clinton are communists. They are doing everything they can to financially ruin the U.S