Skip to comments.Cuban missile crisis: The other secret one
Posted on 10/13/2012 8:09:00 AM PDT by the scotsman
'Contrary to popular belief, the Cuban missile crisis did not end with the agreement between the US and Soviet Union in October, 1962. Unknown to the US at the time, there were 100 other nuclear weapons also in the hands of Cuba, sparking a frantic - and ingenious - Russian mission to recover them.'
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The media has been abuzz today at the prospect of Russian nuclear bombers being stationed in Cuba if the US goes ahead with plans for missile defense bases in Eastern Europe.
The story has riled the US enough that a US general has been wheeled out to tell the worlds press that any Russian attempt to build another nuclear base in Cuba would cross US red line.
The story broke earlier this week, when Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted an un-named source from within the Russian military. He told the Russian daily:
While they are deploying the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, our strategic bombers will already be landing in Cuba.
The quote hasnt been independently confirmed, but the Russian Defense Ministry added fuel to the fire when they refused to comment on the story.
The prospect of Russian nuclear forces being stationed in Cuba - which is, after all, only 90 miles from the US coast - would bring back some rather unpleasant memories for the US of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, where the Soviet Union under Nikita Kruschev launched an audacious and foolhardy bid to station nuclear missiles on the Caribbean island.
Russia to help Cuba modernize weaponry, train military
September 18, 2009
HAVANA, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - Modernization of the Soviet-made military equipment and training of Cuban military personnel will be the focus of Russian-Cuban military cooperation in the near future, the chief of the Russian General Staff said on Friday. Gen. Nikolai Makarov arrived on a working visit to Cuba on Monday, met with Cuban President Raul Castro and the country's military leadership, and visited a number of military installations.
"During the Soviet era we delivered a large number of military equipment to Cuba, and after all these years most of this weaponry has become obsolete and needs repairs," Makarov said.
"We inspected the condition of this equipment, and outlined the measures to be taken to maintain the defense capability of this country...I think a lot of work needs to be done in this respect, and I hope we will be able to accomplish this task," the general said.
Makarov said the Cuban request for assistance with training of military personnel will also be fully satisfied.
Although the Cuban leadership has repeatedly said it has no intention of resuming military cooperation with Russia after the surprise closure of the Russian electronic listening post in Lourdes in 2001, bilateral military ties seem to have been improving following the visit of Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin to Cuba in July last year.
A group of Russian warships, led by the Admiral Chabanenko destroyer visited Cuba in December last year during a Caribbean tour.
Amazing Cold War history.
If I had been living in Berkshire, England at the time, would have been much more concerned about the Soviet SS-4, -5 and -20 missiles that were pointed at me.
If I remember reading about Soviet nuclear war doctrine, the main targets for the SS-4, SS-5, and SS-20 missiles based in the Soviet Union all the way to just east of the Ural Mountains and SS-12 missiles based in East Germany and western Czechoslovakia was every NATO air base, commercial international airport and NATO underground command center. The mission was simple: knock out the technically superior NATO air forces so Soviet Frontal Aviation and Long-Range Aviation could attack other targets in western Europe with less opposition in the air.
Mitt needs to ask Hussein point blank during the debate to explain this!!!!
Warheads were for short range cruise missiles (Soviet
designation FKR, NATO SS-1 Samlet) with yield of 14 kt
Equal to Hiroshima.
Others were for battle field rockets (Soviet LUNA, NATO
Frog-3) with yield of 2 kt.
There were free fall bombs for Soviet IL-28 bombers
(NATO: Beagle) among other things
US intelligence had picked up the longer range missiles
of SS-4/SS-5, but missed the smaller weapons and fact that
nuclear warheads had been deployed for them......
And the answer will be a caricature of a Bite-Me glow-in-the-dark grin and the words, "That's just malarkey". Mitt got so much new ammo from Biden's run-on lies and inconsistencies that he should be able to seal the deal this Tuesday.