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High-Speed and Dangerous

By    |   Thursday, 06 September 2012 01:09 PM

This is the title of an article by Yelena Sidorenko in the Russian newspaper Vzglyad: Delovaya Gazeta (“The View: the Business Newspaper”) of Aug. 15. Its subtitle reads: “For Almost a Month, Americans Failed to Detect Russian Submarine Near Its Shores.”

A Russian Akula-B-class nuclear-powered attack submarine of Project 971 (as it is classified by the NATO), armed with long-range cruise missiles, sailed undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for almost a month. The Washington Free Beacon cited unnamed sources in reporting the incident, the second time since 2009 that a Russian submarine has sailed close to the United States.

This 2004 photo shows the Vepr Russian nuclear submarine of the Project 971 Shchuka-B type, or Akula-class (Shark) by NATO classification.
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The author of the Russian piece goes on to say that “Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon, who is known to be close to the Pentagon and was the first to have reported the incident, says, quoting the unidentified officials, that a ‘nuclear-powered Akula-class attack submarine is one of Russia’s quietest submarines’ and that the ‘Akula was built for one reason and one reason only: to kill U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarines and their crews’ and that ‘it is a very stealthy boat so it can sneak around and avoid detection and hope to get past any protective screen a boomer might have in place…”

Sidorenko notes that the “incident shows that during the next 10 years Barack Obama’s administration is planning to cut $487 billion from American defense budget.”

In his interview to the same newspaper, Vzglyad, Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine, said that if it is true that for a whole month the Russian submarine did actually sail close to the American shores without having been detected, then “this testifies to the fact that Russia still retains its military potential and is ready to carry out such missions, for which our navy deserves our high respect.” To which an unnamed Russian military expert added: “Our submarines are excellent, and our crew is highly professional.”

When I was reading this, an overly familiar feeling grabbed me — a déjà vu of fear and disgust — as if I was back in Stalin’s Russia, where the Soviet media and Soviet subjects were supposed to write and speak about boundless heroism, strength, and bravery of the Soviet people. Here is a Soviet song popular at that time:

Our armor is strong, and our tanks are fast
Our people are full of courage
Standing in formation are our tank men,
The favorite sons of our motherland.

I came across an opinion by Jeff G. in Protein Wisdom: “Between our internationally open borders, our uncontrolled waters, and all the cuts to the military, it’s almost as if Obama wants us vulnerable. To something.”

I bet he does! Obama will stop at nothing to get re-elected. I cannot help but recall what has come to be known as the “Obama-Medvedev hot-mic moment”(during talks in Seoul):

The microphones picked up Obama’s voice begging for some political help from Vladimir Putin — to gain the “flexibility” to cave on missile defense — dismantling of even the smaller missile-defense system to which Obama committed in 2009.

“This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility,” Obama was heard to say.

While looking through my files the other day, I found a letter from Dr. Glazer, a Russian émigré, and professor of biology at the City College of New York. After having spent the best years of his life in Stalin’s concentration camp in Siberia for allegedly “anti-Soviet pronouncements,” he was released and emigrated to this country sometime in the 1980s.

“The problem of the Western, ‘free world,’ and this country in particular,” he writes, “is that it allows [a country] to freely destroy itself. And the sad thing is that during this process it is unaware that it is being annihilated. This liberal-democratic, irreversible self-destruction drives me to despair.”

I am witnessing an interesting phenomenon — the factor of likability — during the current presidential election. And this just boggles my mind. Is this important for the well-being of the entire nation? Good looks, a dazzling smile, fluent speech to the point of being insincere or deceitful doesn’t make a good president.

Obama’s likability factor is 92 percent! This good-looking man had almost four years in office, in which he has failed to prove he deserves another term. A figurehead, a person who is being manipulated and backed by people such as George Soros, whose head is stuffed with Marxist-Leninist garbage and self-aggrandizement.

Stop Obama from further destroying the United States of America!

Lev Navrozov is a journalist, author, and columnist who is a winner of the Albert Einstein Prize for outstanding intellectual achievements. He can be reached at levnavrozov@gmail.com. Read more reports from Lev — Click Here Now.

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