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February 16, 2017

Putin's Maritime Spy-boys Visit

Harry M. Covert

The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming. Let's update this. Seriously it's the "Hunt for Red February," and the vessel is 70 miles off the Delaware coast. A spy ship.

 

Don't be surprised. At least the Russkies aren't near the Monocacy River in Frederick, the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore or Fort McHenry.

 

I didn't forget. The 300-foot ship is a Russian Meridian-class warship CCB-175 Viktor Leonov. This Vishnya-class ship is used for spying.

 

Anti-Trumpians are trying to make a big deal out of the visitor in international waters. For the record, this particular boat is no stranger to eyeing the U.S. It’s up and down the Atlantic Coast many times, at least since 2014. Its first port of call was Havana three years ago where it visits often.

 

Apparently the Viktor Leonov is well known among the intelligence community. Vladimir Putin's maritime minions are expected to head north to zero in on Mr. Trump's Navy sub base at New London, Connecticut. Then returns to Cuba, not to Guantanamo Bay, however.

 

Visiting the American east coast from a safe distance is nothing new. This current matter is just another test of Mr. Trump's mettle. Of course, the ninnies running hither and yon are rather fearful the new administration may take a heavy hand.

 

Then there's the dwarfish North Korean runt launching another missile, a new type this time. I expect if this continues a strong smack in the nose will materialize. I hope so. Why fool around with a killer? Why waste any supposed diplomacy?

 

International ships are not strangers to the American coast line. As far back as WWII, German warships and U-boats were often seen off Florida, Nags Head, North Carolina, and Long Island, New York. Many American Merchant ships and several others were torpedoed and men sunk a few miles off the coast before the situation was reversed.

 

The spy boats have the equipment to check on activities. Incidentally the American navy has numerous vessels collecting sensitive information around the world. Satellites and computers come in handy.

 

Who knows what the Russians have collected from their sea-based surveillance? No sense in being naive here. All the gabble of the new administration telephone talking to the Russian embassy is rather weak. Minority electeds are merely in the smearing business. What else can they do except squeal like stuck pigs?

 

The anti-Trumpians are enjoying pitching for scandals. It's been noticeable that lots of public officials don't like enforcing laws already on the books, specifically now that a new administration is changing things.

 

So, a private citizen spoke numerous times with a foreign official? Everyday American business leaders, missionaries and relief workers, to name a few, speak regularly with heads of state and ambassadors.

 

How else are contacts made? Gen. Michael Flynn, the national security advisor, lost his position for possibly prevaricating.

 

A number of congressional leaders, with help of some "leftovers," got their pounds of flesh, forcing the president to lose a key man.

 

The sad thing is how often senators and representatives are caught in "stretchers." This avoids use of the word "liars." Not nice or dignified. They have gall and regularly elucidate untruths and half-truths with straight faces.

 

The Kremlin's intelligence gatherers are listening for certain. I don't put much stock that they are better or smarter than our "covert" operators.

 

hmcovert@gmail.com

 



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