The U.S. is on the losing side of another Cold War with Russia, except this time it is literally a cold war. The Arctic is stocked with invaluable resources, and as the ice melts, it’s a race to see who can access the precious resources the fastest.
Roughly 15% of the world’s remaining oil, 30% of its natural gas, and 20% of its liquefied gas are all stored in the Arctic sea bed. In addition to resources, the Arctic offers prime shipping lanes for those powers that can secure the territory.
Russia has six nuclear-powered icebreakers already in service, with at least a dozen diesel vessels working to retrieve access the resources. On the other hand, the United States has only two heavy-diesel, and one medium icebreaker among its Arctic vessels.
In addition to its icebreakers, Russia is building up its military strength in the area. It has constructed 10 search-and-rescue stations, 16 ports, 13 airfields and 10 air-defense radar stations across the frigid region.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.