CBS News reports that the President of Russia called President Obama today to wish him a happy birthday.
Isn't that special ! Apparently he also sent two Akula class nuclear powered submarines to set up station off the Atlantic coast. The submarines are capable of carrying twelve nuclear armed anti-ship cruise missiles as well as torpedos and antitship missiles. The New York Times has the story on the subs' deployment --- the first such deployment in 15 years --- here.