I’ve seen the reports of this close encounter on the evening news from ABC, NBC, and CBS, read this CNN article and one other from the Hill. Not one of these ‘News’ outlets gave this important story any context.
First, this aggressive close encounter is an unmistakable message from Russia to Trump, to back off on Iran.
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.
Being a nerd this headline from just two weeks ago came to mind.
The four-day exercise in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman comes at a time of heightened tensions between US and Iran.27 Dec 2019
“The message of this exercise is peace, friendship and lasting security through cooperation and unity … and its effect will be to show that Iran cannot be isolated,” Rear Admiral Gholamreza Tahani said on state television.
Now I see why Trump didn’t retaliate to the Iranian missile strikes from two days ago, launched in response to Trump’s brazen assassination of General Qassem Soleimani.
He would have bitten off a lot more than he could chew.
I’m glad Trump wasn’t foolish enough to follow through on his threats to retaliate against Iran disproportionately. If he had, we could have witnessed an escalating slaughter this week, instead of attending yesterday’s anti-war demonstrations in a relatively peaceful world.
We ducked a bullet.