Russian Attack Submarine Sailed in Gulf of Mexico Undetected for Weeks
Is this simple sabre-rattling, or are the Russians itching for the bad old days of the Cold War? With significant defense cuts looming, is this a ploy by the military to maintain the status quo, or are we so crippled that our decades-long enemy feels emboldened to stretch their military legs? It's hard to imagine a scenario in which this is good for Team Obama; they've been remarkably tepid on defense situations (except when Obama can claim credit for killing a terrorist), so it's not like they've got anything to gain from this news.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.
However, it's also hard to see how this would benefit the Romney campaign - it's not like being governor of Massachusetts for a single term prepares him for life on the international stage. He's not known for being a hawk; he's not Ronald Reagan reacting to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan nor the Iranian hostage situation, that's for certain. It's hard to see who benefits by leaking this information - except for defense contractors who might have a stake in keeping the defense $$$ coming.
We're starting to see the Chinese curse about living in interesting times come true, it seems...
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