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Charlestown's John Fahey Urges Russian Foreign Policy Understanding

September 23, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 23, 2015) – Charlestown retirement community resident John Fahey, U.S. Navy Commander (retired),  is not pleased with the more than 40 additional nuclear ballistic missiles that will be made this year by Russia and the fact that since the end of the Cold War the Soviet military doctrine has been changed.

Fahey, who flew combat missions during WWII, has undertaken extensive research into this subject and is now on a new mission: a campaign to educate the world about Russian foreign policy and intelligence from his perspective of a former American member of the Soviet army behind the Iron Curtain during the height of the Cold War.

"Don't play Russia's immature "tit for tat" game," said Fahey, who flew thousands of Naval missions in anti-submarine warfare during WWII. "Always use the opportunity of a Russian threat or announced move or action related to a NATO or United States decision to provide a challenge to Russia to participate or join in a wise, reasonable peace initiative."

After the war, Fahey graduated from the U.S. Navy Language School and had a career as a Russian linguist.  He has had much success in writing on Russian space achievement, educational subjects and Soviet Union and Russian affairs. 

His ability to research Russian language documents and have personal contact with many leading Russian military leaders has been a great asset.

Ever since he has lived at Charlestown, he has published one book, Passage Prohibited, and has had three Letters to the Editor published by The Washington Post, with a fourth that resulted in a personal telephone call from an editor to chat about an article written by a Moscow press representative for which the newspaper had a problem with content.

"The Russians consider tactical nuclear missiles to be battlefield weapons so they will not in any circumstance place any limited use on them," said Fahey.  

His views are rooted in historical context.

Unknown to President Kennedy the Russians already had tactical nuclear missiles set to be fired and aimed at the Guantanamo base which had replaced women and children with 6,000 Marines and the entire amphibious fleet, according to Fahey.

"The President never knew that the Soviets had nuclear tactical weapons already in Cuba," said Fahey. "The importance of Russian foreign policy and intelligence today cannot be overestimated."