First, a geography lesson:
The Baltic Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean, enclosed by Scandinavia, Finland, the Baltic countries, and the North European Plain.
Coastal basin countries include Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden. Remember Russia. Here is a map, if it helps.
The distance from St. Petersburg, Russia (the major Russian city on the Baltic) to New York City is almost 7,000 kilometers. The distance from St. Petersburg to Russia is…zero kilometers.
With that out of the way….
Russian attack jets flew “dangerously close” to a U.S. Navy destroyer numerous times in the Baltic Sea this week….
“We have deep concerns about the unsafe and unprofessional Russian flight maneuvers.”
Wouldn’t it make more sense to write “US Naval destroyer sails dangerously close to the major Russian city of St. Petersburg”?
From US European Command officials (US European Command? Does that make any sense?):
“These actions have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries, and could result in a miscalculation or accident that could cause serious injury or death.”
Does he mean the actions of US Naval destroyers sailing dangerously close to St. Petersburg?
The destroyer in question is the USS Donald Cook:
The USS Donald Cook had recently made a stop in the Polish port of Gdynia, according to a statement by the U.S. Embassy in Poland. The ship is one of four that the Navy sent forward to Europe from the United States to boost security in Europe, and carries an arsenal that includes rocket launchers, anti-submarine missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Let’s try it this way:
The Russian frigate Neustrashimyy had recently made a stop in the Venezuelan port of La Guaira, according to a statement by the Russian Embassy in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The ship is one of four that the Navy sent forward to America from Russia to boost security in the Caribbean, and carries an arsenal that includes rocket launchers, anti-submarine missiles and “Sizzler” cruise missiles.
I know; the comparisons are lost on most. But, in the words of Lyle Lovett, you have to try:
But what would you be if you didn't even try
You have to try
So after a lot of thought
I'd like to reconsider
If it's not too late
Make it a cheeseburger
Lyle Lovett. I bet you didn’t see that coming.