If we’re being honest, 2020 hasn’t quite kicked off the way the world had hoped.
First, there is still no closure in the annoying and asinine impeachment saga here in the United States. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should be receiving the articles of impeachment from a reticent Nancy Pelosi early next week, and he has promised to provide vindication for President Trump as expeditiously as possible…but that could still mean weeks of bitter, bipartisan bickering.
Then, seemingly out of the blue, Iran-backed militias kicked off some tit-for-tat turbulence in the Middle East where a US embassy was attacked, an Iranian military leader was assassinated, and then 15 missiles were fired at sleeping American soldiers stationed in Baghdad. Amid that melee, it appears as though a Ukrainian public airliner was accidentally shot down by Iran as well.
Now, as if we couldn’t take any more, Russia appears to be back at it – this time aggressively harassing a US Navy vessel in the Arabian Sea.
A Russian warship “aggressively approached” a US Navy destroyer while it was operating in the North Arabian Sea Thursday, ignoring warnings from the US vessel and increasing the risk of a collision, the US Navy said Friday.
Video of the incident, which was obtained by CNN, shows the Russian warship rapidly approaching the USS Farragut, coming as close as 180 feet to the US ship before changing course, according to two defense officials.
The incident is the latest example of a close encounter between US and Russian military forces that American officials have described as unsafe or provocative.
Video of the incident was downright terrifying.
A U.S. Navy ship was "aggressively approached" by a Russian ship in the Northern Arabian Sea, according to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 10, 2020
If this is any indication of how 2020 is going to go, we are in for a rough one.
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