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Cruise Missiles from Gulf of Mexico Could Get Through
By Harold Hutchison

The United States is vulnerable to an attack from the Gulf of Mexico using cruise missiles – and hostile powers could already be preparing to exploit it.

According to a report by Breitbart News, General Charles Jacoby, the commander of Northern Command, which includes the North American Aerospace Defense Command that is tasked with protecting the United States from attacks involving aircraft or missiles, has told Congress that there are serious challenges to repelling attacks from the Gulf of Mexico or points further south. Over the last few years, those concerns have increased due to actions involving Russia.

In the summer of 2012, an Akula-class submarine deployed to the Gulf of Mexico, where it operated undetected for weeks. American assets in the region have been far short of requirements in recent years. Russia has also been sending military assets to Venezuela, including Tu-160 “Blackjack” bombers and the Kirov-class cruiser Pyotr Velikiy.

In addition to Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, and Argentina have signed additional trade agreements. Russia has also recently announced plans to build bases in Nicaragua, and has long had close ties with Cuba.