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|Posted here: 11/15/14||Source Country: United States|
|HOW CAN RUSSIAN BOMBER PATROLS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO *NOT* POSE A "MILITARY THREAT"?|
Request for Comments: How does it make sense to allow Russian bombers to routinely fly into the Gulf of Mexico where they will be in cruise missile range of the southeastern seaboard?
The Pentagon has told CBS here that this unprecedented move does not pose "a military threat", a phrase that appears in most if not all of the coverage we've seen on this subject, along with footage of the aging harmless looking prop-driven Russian "Bear" bombers.
According to Military-Today.com these aircraft can carry cruise missiles, some with a range of up to 3000 km, or roughly 1,800 miles (http://www.military-today.com/aircraft/tupolev_tu95_bear.htm).
If spotted coming across the Atlantic, no doubt they can be taken out easily, but if they have already been allowed into the Caribbean theater under the guise of "training excercises" would they not be capable of a devastating surprise attack?
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