By Wyatt Earp | August 5, 2009
“We will pass through the American patrols, past their sonar nets, and lay off their largest city, and listen to their rock and roll… while we conduct missile drills.” – Captain Marko Ramius, The Hunt for Red October
Hey, remember the good old days of the Cold War? Well, thanks to Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, the good old days are back with a vengeance. Maybe that’s why two Russian attack subs have been spotted off the U.S. eastern seaboard? Allahpundit explains it all:
You know what this calls for? An Obama speech in Red Square about the common humanity that unites us in a struggle for blah blah blah blah.
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 even 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 expert on submarine warfare…
The submarine patrols come as Moscow tries to shake off the embarrassment of the latest failed test of the Bulava missile, a long-range weapon that was test fired from a submarine in the Arctic on July 15. The failed missile test was the sixth since 2005, and some experts see Russia’s assertiveness elsewhere as a gambit by the military to prove its continued relevance…
A few possibilities off the top of my head for What This Might Mean in addition to the NYT’s “Bulava missile” theory. (1) Russia wants to see how much The One will let them get away with, just as Biden predicted would happen last year . . . (4) Russia’s gearing up to make another move on Georgia and is putting The One on notice that they’re not to be trifled with when they do. (H/T – Hot Air)
Personally, this worries me more than any other saber-rattling the Russians have done so far. Hopefully, my worries are misguided, but I’ll ask SYLG’s resident expert in all things naval just to be sure.