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Posts Tagged ‘russia’

Sarah Palin was right on the significance of Russia’s proximity to Alaska

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 15, 2014

Here is an editorial from the New York Sun shared with us by our friend Benyamin Korn, editor of the Jews for Sarah website who also writes at Algemeiner.

View From Wasilla?

Editorial of The New York Sun | September 1, 2014

“Palin Was Right” is the headline that catches our eye on the Daily Beast. It runs over an Associated Press dispatch, disclosing details of a long-ago program to prepare for an invasion of our northern territory by the Soviet Union. The AP has worked itself up into something of a swivet about this. To us the FBI looks ever more far-signed now that the Europeans are scrambling to see whether the Russians have actually invaded Ukraine and President Obama is admitting in respect of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that he lacks a strategy.

Where is J. Edgar Hoover when we need him? He was apparently behind the program in Alaska. Between 1950 and 1959, the AP reports, the FBI “recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers, and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military.” The idea was that when the Reds got across the Bering Straight, these agents would know of pre-placed caches of radio equipment and survival supplies and start transmitting intelligence back to our government. Smart. They could see Russia from their houses.

Governor Palin, of course, didn’t actually say “I can see Russia from my house.” That was Tina Fey parodying her reply to Charlie Gibson, to whom she said of Russia: “They’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” But Mrs. Palin did actually comprehend the significance of Russia’s proximity to America. The secret program AP reports on was codenamed “Washtub.” The wire advises that “with the benefit of hindsight, it would be easy to dismiss ‘Washtub’ as a harebrained scheme born of paranoia.”

Washtub, the AP says, reflected “genuine worry about Soviet intentions and a sense of U.S. vulnerability.” It notes that as the plan was being shaped in 1950, “Soviet-backed North Korea invaded South Korea, triggering a war on the peninsula that some in the Pentagon saw as a deliberate move by Moscow to distract Washington before invading Europe. The previous summer the Soviets stunned the world by exploding their first atomic bomb. Also in 1949, the U.S. locked arms with Western Europe to form the NATO alliance.” Plus Mao declared victory in China.

Read more.

In a similar vein, the editors at The Universal Spectator posted this article in May.

POTD: Geography Lesson

Read the rest here.

Here is a map showing the proximity of Russia to Alaska across the Bering Strait.

Photo retrieved from American in Spain (article itself based on wrong assumption)

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These photos are from reader comments on an article by Maceman at Free Republic:

To: Maceman

The smaller island is the USA, the larger Island Russia.

Diomede Islands

8 posted on 9/11/2008, 11:25:52 PM by libh8er

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To: Sooth2222
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To: Maceman

Little Diomede (Alaska) is in the foreground, Big Diomede (Russia) is in the background.

Russia in the background from Alaska in the foreground.

30 posted on 9/11/2008, 11:33:53 PM by Sooth2222 (“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself.” M.Twain)

And here is a Google Earth view of Russia from Alaska (in the foreground):

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Photo retrieved from Real Science
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Rep. Gohmert Sets Record Straight on Palin Russia Comments

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on March 20, 2014

I am always amazed that some six years post our country’s 2008 presidential election there are people who still cannot differentiate between a quote from Gov. Sarah Palin and a scripted skit that was performed by Tina Fey.   I’m not exactly sure what prompted Rep. Louis Gohmert to put himself out there for Gov. Palin but God bless him for doing so.

From Gohmert’s Youtube page:

In light of the breaking news in Ukraine, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) took time on the House floor to set the record straight on the comments made by Sarah Palin on Russia. He read from her exact statements in 2008 and also from the exaggerated Saturday Night LIVE script.

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Greg Gutfeld: Palin is a better Secretary of State than Kerry

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on March 5, 2014

h/t sarahnettoo·

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Palin: “The Bear at the Door”

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on June 26, 2012

Sarah_palin35Always ahead of the curve, Palin reminds of us of the importance of Alaska’s missile defense system to our national security.  As former commander-in-chief of the Alaska’s National Guard, Palin is intimately aquainted with their important role in defending this country.

Posted to Sarah Palin’s Facebook page moments ago:

On the campaign trail four years ago I talked about Alaska’s strategic location on the globe, the potential for future conflicts over arctic transportation lanes and resources, and the crucial need to keep our eye on Putin’s activities. Later I spoke out against Obama’s egregious decision to cut back Alaska’s missile defense systems. Please take a look at this article about Russia’s arctic war game exercises earlier this month. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who was paying attention four years ago. Maybe now we should ask the President if this is what “more flexibility” means.

Palin then provided a link to “The Bear at the Door” published by The Washington Free Beacon:

Russian strategic nuclear bombers threatened U.S. airspace near Alaska earlier this month and F-15 jets responded by intercepting the aircraft taking part in large-scale arctic war games, according to defense officials.

The Russian war games began the same day President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a frosty summit meeting in Mexico June 18.

U.S. officials said the arctic exercises over the Russian Far East and Pacific appeared to be a further sign of Russia’s hardening posture toward the United States.

The Obama administration made no protest of the bomber intrusions, according to the officials, in line with its conciliatory “reset” policy of seeking warmer ties with Moscow.

About 30 strategic nuclear bombers and support aircraft took part in the war games that continued through June 25. The aircraft included Tu-95MS Bear H and Tu-160 Blackjack nuclear-capable bombers, along with Il-76 refueling tankers, A-50 airborne warning and control aircraft, and Su-27 and MiG-31 jet fighters. Some 200 troops also took part in the Russian Strategic Aviation forces exercise.

A spokesman for the joint U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense command in Colorado Springs, which monitors air defense intrusions, had no immediate comment. A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment.

U.S. and Canadian F-15 and F-16 jets were involved in the intercepts that took place near the Air Identification Zone surrounding Alaskan airspace over the northern Pacific.  More

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Sarah was right part 5: Russia allows Iran pre-emptive nukes.

Posted by Ron Devito on October 14, 2009

by Upinak

The Palination

I spoke about Russia a few days ago concerning Iran and why Russia doesn’t seem to care and noted that something was amiss.

I was right. Russia said no to sanctions and now is ALLOWING pre-emptive nuclear to start in Iran. No regulations, no sanctions, nothing. What is Russia getting out of this deal I wonder?

Breitbart has some information:

The interview appeared in the daily Izvestia during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, as U.S. and Russian negotiators try to hammer out a nuclear arms reduction treaty by December. It also came amid grumbling in Moscow over U.S. moves to modify plans for a missile shield near Russia’s borders rather than ditch the idea outright.

Patrushev said a sweeping document on military policy including a passage on preventative nuclear force will be handed to President Dmitry Medvedev by the end of the year, according to Izvestia.

Officials are examining “a variety of possibilities for using nuclear force, depending on the situation and the intentions of the possible opponent,” Patrushev was quoted as saying. “In situations critical to national security, options including a preventative nuclear strike on the aggressor are not excluded.”

As does Reuters:

“There is no need to frighten the Iranians,” Putin told reporters in Beijing.

“We need to look for a compromise. If a compromise is not found, and the discussions end in a fiasco, then we will see,” he said, adding that talks of sanctions was “premature” at present.

This stinks, worse then a dead elephant in the room. And what is worse is the fact that Obama is letting Russians visit our nuclear sites. WHY???? Via Foxnews.com:

Russia and the United States have tentatively agreed to a weapons inspection program that would allow Russians to visit nuclear sites in America to count missiles and warheads.

The plan, which Fox News has learned was agreed to in principle during negotiations, would constitute the most intrusive weapons inspection program the U.S. has ever accepted.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said publicly Tuesday that the two nations have made “considerable” progress toward reaching agreement on a new strategic arms treaty.

The 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expires in December and negotiators have been racing to reach agreement on a successor.

Now what is START. Well there are two different type START 1 and START II. They are speaking about START II. But from the State.gov site here is what they have as the head:


THE TREATY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS ON THE REDUCTION AND LIMITATION OF STRATEGIC OFFENSIVE ARMS AND ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS

Isn’t that interesting and now all of a sudden it seems that Russia wants to look into this. Putin has been around for a while, so why the “sudden interest”?  Well I think it has to do with that Russian and Iran alliance, that was done in 2005.  Yet no one really talked about it in the U.S. even now.

by Upinak
The Palination — http://www.thepalination.com

Is Sarah right about Missile Defense here at home.  Yes she was.  But is anyone listening? That is what I am concerned about.


Ed. Note: Complete prior coverage on Gov. Palin’s positions on missile defense here:

Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments

— (See Command Experience) and at:

http://www.ThePalination.com

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Sarah was right part 4: Russia isn’t afraid of Iran.

Posted by Ron Devito on October 13, 2009

– by Upinak

The Palination

Russia has an interesting relationship with almost all other nations. She has never been one to back down from a fight, but something has been amiss in Mother Russia lately.

The Jerusalem Post published this interesting article concerning Russia and Iran, presenting two theories why Russia has no fear of the Persian state:

First, Iran is primarily a threat to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The mullahs will increase regional tensions and strengthen Russia’s position there. Good relations with Iran could position Russia as a mediator between these countries and the Islamic republic. For example, the recent cancellation of the deal to sell Iran anti-aircraft complexes was used to leverage Russia-Israel relations.

Second, Russia can use its relations with Iran as a bargaining chip in opposing the United States. The latest events demonstrate how, by changing its position toward sanctions, Russia achieved its goal: getting Obama to cancel the AMD program and reversing the previous US administration’s policy.

I think there is more to it then just what the Jerusalem Post has stated. Russia is a country that uses other countries to gain what they consider power, or a stepping stone of power. The Russians like to test other countries, such as when they probe American and Canadian airspace with their Bear strategic bombers, for example. But this isn’t just about America and Canada. Russia is constantly checking the boundaries of what it can do to judge how other countries react, including Pakistan. The Russian Bear is playing with fire and grinning from ear to ear while doing it.

Imposing sanctions on loose cannons such as Iran will not make much of a contribution to regional stability, especially when nuclear arsenals are involved. Such a measure may only make it more difficult for those nations that are trying to keep the peace. Hillary Clinton is also on the front end of the situation, but there is something which just doesn’t add up. Stating that Secretary Clinton never asked for Russia’s help seems odd to me in light of another article which states that she said no to the Russians. Something is not right.

And yet here we sit, without what should have been a missile defense, waiting to see what will happen. Meanwhile, the Russians say they do no want sanctions on Iran… The 64 Megaton question is why not? Hmm.

cross posted at http://www.ThePalination.com


Ed. Note: Complete prior coverage on Gov. Palin’s positions on missile defense here:

Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments

— (See Command Experience) and at:

The Palination

 

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