2 Russian Blackjack Bombers Land in Venezuela.
The two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers are 'Cold War' era planes, and, at 20 years old, represent the cream of Russian long range aviation. Most analysts agree that these planes are a long way from modern, state of the art aviation arsenal available to NATO forces.
PresidentDictator Hugo Chavez Venezuelan — an unbridled critic of American foreign policy — said Wednesday the bombers were welcome in Venezuela, and that he hopes to "fly one of those things" himself.
Chavez called the Russian planes' visit part of a move toward a "pluri-polar world" — a reference to moving away from U.S. dominance. "The Yankee hegemony is finished," Chavez said in a televised speech.
Hey, Hugo. You'd better see how much rooskie coin is available to keep blowing sunshine up your skirt. Ask the Castro boys. They know.
But, wait. There's more! Russia Sets War Games in Caribbean.
If the scheduled joint exercises with the Venezuelan navy take place, the maneuver would be one of Russia's most provocative exercises in the Western Hemisphere since the Soviet Union supported Marxist guerrillas in Nicaragua and El Salvador — and could entangle the Kremlin in the Monroe Doctrine, which holds that the Europeans should keep out of the American hemisphere.
The Russian-Venezuelan military effort is also in keeping with Moscow's newly emboldened foreign policy. Last month, the Russians reportedly sent an aircraft carrier and its attendant fleet to Syria. Moscow is also in the process of selling an advanced anti-aircraft system to Iran, though the final equipment has yet to be shipped to the Islamic Republic. The completion of that weapons sale has the potential to make any future bombing of Iran's nuclear facilities a riskier proposition for both Israel and America.
Maybe Hugo needs a hug after that whole FARC thing blew up in his face this past July.
Meanwhile, the bear growls at Poland. Maybe the rooskies are feelin' dejected after that USSR thang fell apart. I'm sure O'Biden can talk sense into them.
Russia Warns Poland on U.S. Missile Shield.
“Poland appears not to have understood that it has become a party to a very dangerous game,” Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia said. Russia adamantly opposes Washington’s plans to base elements of the shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, former communist countries once under the control of the Kremlin.
Senior Russian generals have warned Poland it would pay the consequences for hosting several American interceptors. Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov, head of strategic missile forces, said the United States missile shield sites in Europe could become “designated targets.”
Despite threats, the Czech government Wednesday completed the second and final part of its accord with the United States in which it will deploy radars not far from Prague. All that remains now is for the Czech Parliament to ratify the accord.
Meanwhile, Russian troops continue to block U.N. aid shipments inside Georgia.
Go on, Barry. Just talk to 'em.