Putin's move into Latin America
I don’t know about you, but when I turn on Fox News and get hours of missing aircraft (while a mystery, not worth 55 minutes of Megyn Kellys show), I am wondering what news ISN’T being reported.
Well, just above Obamacare and just behind this weeks Los Angeles 4.2 earthquake (we will rebuild), the scariest bit of news was the tacit acknowledgement that Putin is expanding his reach (along with Iran and China), at the U.S.’ doorstep.
The Hill reports:
“Away from the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly seeking a foothold in Latin America, military officials warn. To the alarm of lawmakers and Pentagon officials, Putin has begun sending navy ships and long-range bombers to the region for the first time in years.
Russia’s defense minister says the country is planning bases in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, and just last week, Putin’s national security team met to discuss increasing military ties in the region.
“They’re on the march,” Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said at a Senate hearing earlier this month. “They’re working the scenes where we can’t work. And they’re doing a pretty good job.””
I am not old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis firsthand, but I do know my politics and politicians. The last Democratic President that had to deal with this issue was the moderate and somewhat hawkish JFK in 1962.
I shudder to consider the implications of how the current band of finger-wagging misfits would deal with a similar and quite possibly more dangerous situation.