Petraeus accuses Putin of trying to re-establish Russian Empire

Washington (CNN) One of America’s top former generals compared the situation in Syria Tuesday to a historic nuclear disaster, implicitly criticizing the U.S. for allowing it to worsen, and accused Russia’s President of trying to re-establish an empire.

Retired Gen. David Petraeus, testifying before the Senate Armed Service Committee, also recommended that the U.S. establish safe zones for Sunnis inside Syria and potentially put American boots on the grounds in Iraq to stop the spread of ISIS.

The former commanding general of U.S. forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan equated the situation in Syria today with one of the most deadly nuclear accidents in history. Continue reading

Could the U.S. Face a Cruise Missile Threat from the Gulf of Mexico?

As asked here a few times in the past, it’s unknown which should be more alarming: The fact that the Russians have been meddling in our backyard for so long, or the fact that the unintelligent communities are so slow to pick up on this.

Now a third element to this question can be added: When’s the last time anyone has heard that the US Military might be able cobble together enough stuff so that maybe something will work‘? That’s how far downhill it has gone.

Most people don’t even know that the Russians have reopened ties with Nicaragu a long time ago (See alsoHERE) and have been discussing reopening a Soviet era strategic airbase, one large enough to house nuclear bombers.

The United States is puzzling over how to block cruise missiles that theoretically could be launched from the Gulf of Mexico, even after throwing some of its most advanced technologies at the problem.

Russia and Iran have been cited as possible threats that might, at some point, lurk in the waters just off U.S. shores.

A 2013 military exercise pitted systems such as Patriot interceptors, Aegis warships and combat aircraft against potential cruise-missile or short-range ballistic missiles fired from the Gulf. But the drill highlighted a particular vulnerability to cruise missiles lobbed from that region, U.S. Northern Command head Gen. Charles Jacoby indicated in congressional testimony last week. Continue reading