Proving to the world that they are still a major military player, allegedly a Russian submarine quietly patrolled the Gulf of Mexico unnoticed by the U.S. military. The stealthy nuclear–powered sub, armed with cruise missiles quietly traversed U.S. waters for weeks highlighting a potential flaw in America’s security.A friend of mine, who has contacts in Russia, tells me he's hearing that the Obama administration may well have known about the sub, but didn’t want to draw attention to its presence because it would have been a political embarrassment.
Further, the possible overt military action calls into question the so-called “friendly” relationship President Obama believes he shares with a re-elected Russian President Vladimir Putin. At a March Nuclear Security Summit Obama was caught on a hot mike telling former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev “after my election, I’ll have more flexibility.”
Maybe this might also get people to wondering just how “flexible” Obama plans to be in his dealings with Putin.