August 02, 2012

It's Only Pravda Right?

So I wonder what put the fire in the eyes of those two at the G20 Summit? Certainly Syria was a major component, but Putin's later comments gave me quite a chill:
The Russian Federation has fulfilled all terms of the agreement. And even more. I shut down not only the Cuban Lourdes but also Kamran in Vietnam. I shut them down because I gave my word of honor. I, like a man, has kept my word. What have the Americans done? The Americans are not responsible for their own words. It is no secret that in recent years, the U.S. created a buffer zone around Russia, involving in this process not only the countries of Central Europe, but also the Baltic states, Ukraine and the Caucasus. The only response to this could be an asymmetric expansion of the Russian military presence abroad, particularly in Cuba. In Cuba, there are convenient bays for our reconnaissance and warships, a network of the so-called "jump airfields." With the full consent of the Cuban leadership, on May 11 of this year, our country has not only resumed work in the electronic center of Lourdes, but also placed the latest mobile strategic nuclear missiles "Oak" on the island. They did not want to do it the amicable way, now let them deal with this," Putin said.
But its just Pravda right? Right my smarter, more worldly friends? It is comforting that (1) only the wack-job sites seem to be reporting this; (2) I can't find any credible sources that even quote Pravda; (3) I cannot find an independent reference to any mobile nuclear missile systems, code-named "Oak".

Looking back on the Cuban Missile Crisis, man that was some scary shit!

3 Comments:

Blogger First Sea Lord said...

The most reliable single organization for information on strategic issues I know of, one that is rarely cowed by the U.S. intelligence community, and is the Federation of American Scientists, at FAS.org, an old and righteous organization devoted, quite soberly, to open information on strategic issues. Their only limitation is they are a bit slow - like experts, thoroughly researching and vetting their work.

Pravda, meanwhile, is also running this tobacco-stained, incoherent foil-hattery: "http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/24-07-2012/121719-rcoruption_america_obama-0/".

Even if it were true, you wouldn't be able to tell from Pravda.

August 3, 2012 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Viceroy De Los Osos said...

Well my interested in the quote was predicated on Pravda, the Moscow paper of the government was issuing this for internal consumption. That would be scary and interesting.

It turns out that Pravda stopped being Pravda in '96 and now is run by who know's who.

I guess the lesson is you can't even trust that a totalitarian rag is run by someone with state-sponsored motivation these days.

I'm not even going to look to see what happened to "Boy's Life" or "Ranger Rick".

August 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger MonkeySum said...

Ranger Rick is now a highly successful furry porn series.

August 3, 2012 at 8:47 PM  

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