Putin sticks a ship in the middle of U.S.-Cuba talks

We can say that the KGB must have taught its graduates like Mr Putin how to mix a little humor with Realpolitik.  I guess that the crew of that Russian ship must be strolling the streets of Havana singing that old Beatles tune: "I don't want to spoil the party so I'll go...." The U.S.-Cuba "thaw" just got a bit more strange now that a Russian ship docked in Havana: US officials in Washington played down the presence of the Russian vessel, saying it was perfectly legal and not at all out of the ordinary. Of course, it's legal, but that's not the point.  Saying that it's legal just proves that we are weak.  Sadly, no one fears or respects the Obama administration. This is another "in your face, Obama" from Mr. Putin: The Viktor Leonov, an armed intelligence-gathering vessel that monitors US communications, arrived at a passenger cruise terminal in full public view for what a Russian...(Read Full Post)