[Intelforum] "Red Star Rogue"
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Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2005 08:32:11 -0800 (PST)
From: Tom <woodeewood at yahoo.com>
To: intelforum at lists101.his.com
Subject: "Red Star Rogue"
Mr. Pesavento beat me to the punch with his query about Red Star
Rogue , the tale of Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129. While
I have barely begun reading this nonfiction naval adventure, I have
certainly come to wonder why I have never run across reference to it
previously. Sure, I have heard of Howard Hughes' Glomar Explorer and
its half-successful (or was it as successful as its designers sought
it to be?) salvage of a sunken Soviet sub from nearly 17,000 feet
deep in the Pacific. But to think that that same submarine was
intended to launch nuclear missiles at a U.S. state is far more
startling than the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis. That some, perhaps high
up in the Soviet government, intended to start a U.S.-Sino nuclear
was using the K-129's outmoded Golf design to pretend it was a
Chinese Navy vessel is extremely bizarre.
Perhaps Mr. Pesavento wonders, as I surely do, why authors Kenneth
Sewell's and Clint Richmond's speculative exploration of the K-129
history has not received more elaborate news coverage. Perhaps it is
because it is so speculative. But there is surely enough
well-reasoned argument based on seemingly factural materiel in the
book to make one at least see the value of this comment by Amazon
reviewer Thomas J. Dougherty of Oakdale, CT:
"There is certainly an existing body of facts about the K-129, the
Halibut operations and the Glomar Explorer. This new book brings
fresh evidence and insight into a case that has been clouded over the
years by purposeful disinformation. "Red Star Rogue" attempts to
clear some new ground, and argues that the K-129 case was of
tremendous significance to the course of world history."
I would join Mr. Pesavento in hoping that Forum participants open a
lively debate over this new version of the known CIA-Navy struggle
over Project Jennifer and the circumstanes surrounding the deaths of
J-129's 99-member company. The question of whether K-129 was found
1700 miles or so northwest of Hawaii or whether she was sunk by a
failed try at launching her nuclear missile some 350 miles off the
Hawaiian coastline surely raises some justifications for defensive
policies sought by more recent American administrations.
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