You Make a Difference! Our mission and operations are funded entirely by Patriots like you! Please support the 2022 Independence Day Campaign now.

July 18, 2014

All Roads Lead to Russia

The week began with Obama’s “tranquility,” but ends with 298 dead at Russian hands.

This week began with accolades about Barack Obama’s foreign policy prowess from his chief propagandist, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who claimed his boss “has substantially furthered American interests and has substantially improved, uh, the uh, the, you know, uh, the tranquility of the, of the global community.”

Tranquility? Not so much.

On Thursday, as Israel began its ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a Boeing 777 with 298 passengers, was shot down over Donetsk, near Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia, spreading debris and bodies for miles. While U.S. military and intelligence analysts have not released much information about the attack, no doubt exists about the cause: a sophisticated Russian-made surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. (See our real-time analysis of this attack.)

What is not yet known is whether the SAM was launched by regular Russian forces or by the so-called “pro-Russia separatist rebels” whom Russian President Vladimir Putin is well-known to be using as his insurgent surrogates in an effort to topple the sovereign nation of Ukraine. Spokesmen for both armies deny responsibility, and we can expect the usual lose-the-lead-in-diplomacy-doublespeak tactics from all concerned, along with finger-pointing and more denials. For our part, we would simply ask the question, “Who cares which one pulled the trigger?”

Both trails lead back to Putin, either directly, via use of Russian forces, or indirectly, through use of Putin’s insurgent surrogates, which he all but directly controls. Either way, Putin is responsible for the deaths of 298 civilians, including one American. Ironically, Putin was the first to condemn the act, blaming Ukraine: “This tragedy wouldn’t have happened if there had been peace on this territory, if the military actions hadn’t been restarted in southeast Ukraine.” Never mind the fact Ukraine wouldn’t have needed to use military force had Putin not organized, funded, armed and fomented the insurgency against which Ukraine was forced to react.

No doubt, Obama will join in the doublespeak charade, framing his perspective in “UN” terms. For five years Mr. Tranquility has systematically orchestrated the implosion of U.S. foreign policy. Starting with his World Apology Tour and continuing through a long chain of blatant missteps, Obama, our nation and the world are now reaping what he has sown. The shoot-down was possible only if Putin were allowed to continue his well-known-but-low-profile, thuggish re-consolidation campaign against the now-sovereign republics of what had been the “glorious Soviet empire.” That the Obama regime turned a blind eye toward Russia while it ran roughshod over its sovereign neighbors is disgraceful.

At least this event will highlight with laser focus Obama’s look-the-other-way approach to “the Russian problem” and spur angry questions as to why the U.S. failed to act earlier to stem aggressive Russian actions in Georgia, Crimea and now Ukraine. In any case, if Obama is not moved to decisive action following this wanton act of war involving the murder of 23 American innocents, and its very traceable set of proximate-cause dots ending at the Kremlin, then Putin will be further emboldened: Appeasement as foreign policy has never been a winner. The only thing despots truly understand is decisive action.

Even Democrat Carl Levin, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, insists, “Whoever did it should pay a full price. If it’s by a country, either directly or indirectly, then it could be considered an act of war.”

Summarizing the evidence gathered from the tragedy, one U.S. official stated, “All roads lead to the Russians.” We agree. Now let’s see if Obama will take a break from his full-time “day job” of stumping for donor cash long enough to focus his attention on fixing yet another crisis his malfeasance helped create.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2022 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.