In the world of politics you often see that even when it is clear that they cannot completely burn their political opponents for an incident that they will seek to otherwise accuse them. On some level this is a human phenomena — we all seek to get to the bottom of it, and sometimes that means making a lot of sober and rational judgments and sometimes that just means pointing fingers out of frustration.
Senior intelligence officials said Tuesday Russia created the “conditions” that led to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine but stopped short of directly linking Moscow to the fatal missile strike.
The officials said-that anti Ukraine government forces, which are backed by Russia, likely fired the missile that took down Flight MH-17 last Thursday, killing all 298 aboard.
However, they made no direct link to Russia.
The assessment follows a series of State Department comments and releases over the weekend that made a strong connection among the strike, Russia and the pro-Russian separatists, who are believed to have fired a SA-11 surface-to-air missile.
The officials said the plane was likely shot down by the separatists who are in eastern Ukraine, based on intercepted communications, satellite photos and social media postings, some of which have been authenticated by U.S. experts.
But the officials said they did not know who fired the missile or whether any Russian operatives were present at the launch.
A senior intelligence official confirmed Tuesday that the separatists are being training in air defense systems at a Russian training facility in Rostov, near the Ukraine border.
In terms of who fired the missile, “we don’t know a name, we don’t know a rank and we’re not even 100 percent sure of a nationality,” one official said, adding at another point, “There is not going to be a Perry Mason moment here.”
The officials also said Russia has continued to help the rebels after the downing, providing additional tanks and rocket launchers.
The officials said the most plausible explanation for why the plane was shot down is that the rebels made a mistake. Separatists previously had shot down 12 Ukrainian military airplanes, the officials said.
It seems pretty obvious that the Ukrainian separatists who shot down the aircraft were on some level educated and trained fighters, whether from Rostov or from previous military experience. Separatists had successfully shot down 12 other aircraft — they merely made an unfortunate mistake here.
The problem with the US officials saying that they created the conditions which lead to the downing of the US aircraft is that it could imply that, at other times, the United States has created similar conditions that led to the deaths of civilians as well. It creates a basis for argumentation that can bring us towards conclusions that are rather unflattering to the United States government.
… Of course, the government expects the people to be so generally blind in their fanaticism that they would have little regard to being objective and trying to understand the deeper ramifications of such an accusation.
But John Kerry & Barrack Obama haven’t stilled themselves and remained calm, and instead have pursued this in a predictably backwards & hypocritical fashion. I am not sure if we can necessarily blame Kerry & Obama, though, as this is the modus operandi of American politics: boldfaced stupidity & hypocrisy.
After all, it is what we tolerate as American people in our politics.