Is Putin making moves in Latin America too?

posted at 10:41 am on March 21, 2014 by Bruce McQuain

While everyone is focused on the Ukraine and eastern Europe, Vladimir Putin has also been projecting Russian power into our own backyard:

Away from the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly seeking a foothold in Latin America, military officials warn.

To the alarm of lawmakers and Pentagon officials, Putin has begun sending navy ships and long-range bombers to the region for the first time in years.

Russia’s defense minister says the country is planning bases in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, and just last week, Putin’s national security team met to discuss increasing military ties in the region.

“They’re on the march,” Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said at a Senate hearing earlier this month. “They’re working the scenes where we can’t work. And they’re doing a pretty good job.”

Gen. James Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command said there has been a “noticeable uptick in Russian power projection and security force personnel” in Latin America.
“It has been over three decades since we last saw this type of high-profile Russian military presence,” Kelly said at the March 13 hearing.

Less obviously, but for a longer time, China too has been establishing a presense in the region:

“In Venezuela, a lot of the money that’s been able to prop up President Chavez and now Maduro has been Chinese money,” Kelly said.

But the push by Russia has implications which can’t be ignored, especially its attempt to establish bases in its old client states when it was the USSR.

Meanwhile, Latin America certainly hasn’t been much of a priority for the US:

According to Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), there are 10 countries in Latin America that currently have no U.S. ambassador because they either haven’t been nominated yet or confirmed, a sign that the region is seen as a low priority.

Another sign of an inept foreign policy. If we don’t move quickly to correct the situation, the outcome is pretty easy to predict:

“We will be losing the ability to influence developments in a region that is very important to us because of proximity,” Rabasa said.

Indeed.  Likely these warning will be waved off as alarmism until it is too late.  And it will then tally as another failure in a long line of foreign policy failures by this administration.

~McQ

 


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I don’t think Jugears could be doing any worse of a job if he tried.

Patriot Vet on March 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Obama actions and inaction’s are looking more and more like enemy actions every day. But, of course any talk of Impeachment is verboten.

oscarwilde on March 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over,” Mr. Kerry said in a speech at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.

That prompted some tepid applause, which Mr. Kerry encouraged: “That’s worth applauding. That’s not a bad thing.”

aquaviva on March 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

And……Bishop!

Patriot Vet on March 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

But the push by Russia has implications which can’t be ignored

Apparently they can, Bruce. It doesn’t take much effort from this administration to ignore quite a few things that don’t suit them. Disdain with Ocare, unemployment, energy production, etc. etc…

Patriot Vet on March 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

To paraphrase the brilliant riposte of our Vice Preznit:

I have just a 4 letter word for you- duh!

Pless1foEngrish on March 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

“The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over,” Mr. Kerry said in a speech at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.

That prompted some tepid applause, which Mr. Kerry encouraged: “That’s worth applauding. That’s not a bad thing.”

aquaviva on March 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

John Kerry is a traitor, that is not rhetorical hyperbole, it is documented fact. Now Kerry is SOS for a Marxist who is doing everything in his power as POTUS to destroy the United States. This is the price you pay for murdering 50 million innocent babies.

oscarwilde on March 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Could be..?

d1carter on March 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM

But I got my Obamaphone… so it’s all good.

mankai on March 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

I don’t think Jugears could be doing any worse of a job if he tried.

Patriot Vet on March 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I dunno, seems to me things are going pretty much as planned with a few bumps. Patience, the plan hasn’t completely come together yet.

John Kerry is a traitor, that is not rhetorical hyperbole, it is documented fact.

He’s in good company in this admin. The entire bunch is treasonous.

hawkeye54 on March 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Putin seems hell-bent on reassembling the USSR/and/or Imperial Russia…

OmahaConservative on March 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Obama actions and inaction’s are looking more and more like enemy actions every day.

They are. Lest we forget, WE are HIS enemies.

hawkeye54 on March 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Why not! When your enemy whispers to you that he will have more flexibility after the election you have him by the shorties. He knows the empty suit will do nothing!

rjoco1 on March 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Why not! When your enemy whispers to you that he will have more flexibility after the election you have him by the shorties. He knows the empty suit will do nothing!

rjoco1 on March 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

When a world superpower cedes its status and influence, someone else will be glad to fill the vacuum.

hawkeye54 on March 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Putin has taken the measure of Obama and Kerry. He needed tweezers and a magnifying glass to get it done, and he’s still laughing.

Putin has no fear whatsoever of US or Western retaliation. He will do whatever he wants so long as these limp-wristed twits and their clown posse of Faculty Lounge Liberals are his “opposition” in the West.

novaculus on March 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Wouldn’t that be just great if Putin puts a Navy base in our backyard? It just proves that Obama and Lurch are completely clueless, at least Lurch is, Obama may just be doing what he wants, destroying the United States.

major dad on March 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Well, this would explain why Hillary!! and Lurch are smiling.

They’re no doubt dreaming of a Socialist Triumph from the south to match the Islamic Triumph from the east.

Once they’re the territorial governors of the new Socialist Americas, they can get down to the serious fun business of killing people they don’t like. Which is practically everybody.

Just don’t tell them Vlad isn’t a communist, or that the Islamists have them earmarked for the “Hassan Chop!”

They can’t process data points like that. They never heard them in the faculty lounge, you see.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

We can thank Hillary Lewinsky and Lurch for throwing away American global preeminence … and we shall.

Whitey Ford on March 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

there are 10 countries in Latin America that currently have no U.S. ambassador because they either haven’t been nominated yet or confirmed, a sign that the region is seen as a low priority

Don’t worry. John Kerry speaks French, which is kind of like Spanish.

And I’m sure Hillary flew there a few times on her most-trashedtraveled-Secretary-of-State tour.

Plus, Obama’s probably read a few pages from that book Chávez gave to him.

US-Latin America relations have never been better.

steebo77 on March 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I’m not a romney fan but have always said he really nailed it when he spoke of russia.
he was right and people need to realize it asap.

dmacleo on March 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Don’t worry. Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife will take care of it!

Galtian on March 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

I don’t think Jugears could be doing any worse of a job if he tried.

Patriot Vet on March 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

That assumes he isn’t working very hard with just this outcome in mind.

jnelchef on March 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM

1963 – “I’m forever calliiing you -u -u -u -u- u-u…….”

vnvet on March 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

That assumes he isn’t working very hard with just this outcome in mind.

jnelchef on March 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Well, no, he really isn’t working very hard, unless a weekend of golf and filling out the NCAA basketball bracket is considered hard work, but he and his advisers and cohorts do have such an outcome in mind.

hawkeye54 on March 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Guessing Obama is cool with this.

albill on March 21, 2014 at 12:16 PM

But the Obama visited the Christ the Redeemer statue! I saw it on NBC!

OxyCon on March 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

The old cliche ‘making hay while the sun is still shining’ was never truer here. Putin now knows that he is dealing with a totally outclassed jackanapes. No matter whom the Democrats pick for the next leader when they dip into their tutti-frutti grab bag, it would be impossible to find someone worse than Obama. Hillary or Kerry may be as bad but you can’t guarantee that they will be selected.

Summation-As the world tyrant blessed with the good fortune of having the most incompetent, clueless American president EVAH, time is of the essence. Steal what you can (Europe, South America, Asia, Africa) NOW. Also look for China to make some big time moves on Pacific Islands and maybe even Southeast Asia. Hold onto your seats, it’s white knuckle time!

MaiDee on March 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

in every empire’s fall (yes, we were an empire, abliet one that was unique in that we drove stability rather than outright conquest) there is a vacuum until the successor is established. typically these transitions are bloody, violent, and prolonged.

I believe we are seeing this unfold once again. History is repeating, and shall bear witness to the end of an era again.

todler on March 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

…no Constitution…no Monroe Doctrine…nothing happening…politburo press

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM

What difference does it make ?

lel2007 on March 21, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Russia’s defense minister says the country is planning bases in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, and just last week, Putin’s national security team met to discuss increasing military ties in the region.

So what? Obama is planning to play golf, update his March Madness picks, and got a sneak listen at the newest Beyoncé CD.

albill on March 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Meanwhile…The current Google news headlines for John Kerry:
- Kerry phones Netanyahu to complain about insults
- John Kerry to Russia: You Lost the Cold War, Get Over It
- Kerry To Send Homosexuality ‘Experts’ To Tackle Uganda Anti-Gay …
- John Kerry: John McCain not in on private Vladimir Putin talks

sheesh…

albill on March 21, 2014 at 12:45 PM

John Kerry is a traitor, that is not rhetorical hyperbole, it is documented fact.

oscarwilde on March 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Kerry should be in jail right along side of Hanoi Jane. Leave some room for Obama, Holder, and most of this administration.

Kaffa on March 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Obama is planning to play golf, update his March Madness picks, and got a sneak listen at the newest Beyoncé CD.

albill on March 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Not to mention several appearances on the talk show circuit.

hawkeye54 on March 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Looks like we’re stuck between two ferns…

Galtian on March 21, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Obama is planning to play golf, update his March Madness picks, and got a sneak listen at the newest Beyoncé CD.

albill on March 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM

I’ve heard Barry gets a lot more than that from Beyonce.

slickwillie2001 on March 21, 2014 at 1:31 PM

1m
National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Russia: ‘Gap between what they have said and what they have done’ makes the White House skeptical of growing number of troops on Ukraine borders – @JimAcostaCNN

She’s so SMART!

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I see that picture of Clinton and Kerry…….. These people think they are so wise and respected. They travel the world believing that they`re on top of things and their presence will set things right. They`re brilliant, cultured and are the best in their particular field.

They are international jokes.

ThePrez on March 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Putin hasn’t had an opportunity like this since Kruschev blew it in Cuba.

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

John Kerry hath declared the Monroe Doctrine is dead…unnecessary…old 19th century hat…

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM

We’re reaching the point when actual photos look indistinguishable from political cartoons.

flataffect on March 21, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Sounds just like what Hitler’s boys did after WWII. Must be something in the water. Maybe “The Fountain of Youth” and to think Ponce de Lone missed it by just that much, when he landed in Florida.

MSGTAS on March 22, 2014 at 1:04 PM