A pair of nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines has been patrolling off the eastern seaboard of the United States in recent days, a rare mission that has raised concerns inside the Pentagon and intelligence agencies about a more assertive stance by the Russian military.
The episode has echoes of the cold war era, when the United States and the Soviet Union regularly parked submarines off each other’s coasts to steal military secrets, track the movements of their underwater fleets — and be poised for war.
But the collapse of the Soviet Union all but eliminated the ability of the Russian Navy to operate far from home ports, making the current submarine patrols thousands of miles from Russia more surprising for military officials and defense policy experts.
“I don’t think they’ve put two first-line nuclear subs off the U.S. coast in about 15 years,” said Norman Polmar, a naval historian and submarine warfare expert.
Obama has made America look weak and countries such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea will continue to test him to see exactly how weak he is.
Which is why, although I am very glad the two journalists were freed from North Korea after Bill Clinton went there, the fact that Kim Jong II got great photo ops with a former American president and was given an air of legitimacy by the very presence of Clinton, was a very very bad idea.
Obama is being tested and he is failing miserably.