Obama’s Bungling Caused the Malaysia Airlines Plane to Crash? Some Republicans Seem to Think So
Yesterday, conservatives got all in a tizzy after they figured out that on the day of the Malaysia Airline crash President Barack Obama – who had already been advised of the situation and talked with security advisers and Vladimir Putin – went out for a burger for lunch.
“Obama literally out to lunch during Ukraine downed passenger plane crisis,” the right-wing rag Breitbart screamed, implying that the commander-in-chief had shirked his duties after the crash by indulging in his need for a mid-day meal.
Now it seems Obama has a bigger problem then inopportune eating habits. According to some GOP Senators, it is partially Obama’s fault the tragedy happened in the first place because Obama created the mess in the Ukraine with his horrible foreign policy record.
Just hours after the first reporting of the crash, the anti-Obama rants and rumor mills began.
Even before it was known what actually caused the crash, Republican Senator Mark Kirk was confident enough to imply that if Obama had sanctioned Russia more, things would have ended up differently. “Russian-made advanced SAM has murdered 295 innocent people…Over-due Russian sanctions should expand to oil and energy sectors,” he tweeted.
Senator John McCain also chimed in, saying that the current U.S. policy towards the Ukraine was the real issue contributing to the nearly 300 deaths.
“The United States has been insulting in how small and how little help we have given. I mean they have been begging us for defensive weaponry; we have not given it to them,” he said on the day of the crash. “It is shameful that the administration continues to refuse to provide our Ukrainian partners with the military capabilities they both want and need.”
In a press conference addressing the downed airlines held today, however, Obama answered concerns that he was and his administration were ‘out to lunch’ when it came to foreign policy and the issue in the Ukraine.
“For months, we’ve supported a pathway to peace, and the Ukrainian government has reached out to all Ukrainians, put forward a peace plan, and lived up to a cease-fire, despite repeated violations by the separatists — violations that took the lives of Ukrainian soldiers and personnel,” the President said, pointing out there are no quick and tweetable solutions to the mess.
“Moreover, time and again, Russia has refused to take the concrete steps necessary to deescalate the situation. I spoke to President Putin yesterday in the wake of additional sanctions that we had imposed,” Obama continued . “He said he wasn’t happy with them, and I told him that we have been very clear from the outset that we want Russia to take the path that would result in peace in Ukraine, but so far at least, Russia has failed to take that path.”
Obama also made it clear that the focus now should be on “recovering those who were lost, investigating exactly what happened, and putting forward the facts.”
He also encouraged America not to listen to speculation and rumors but wait until the facts present themselves.
“I want to point out there will likely be misinformation as well,” the President said. “I think it’s very important for folks to sift through what is factually based and what is simply speculation.”
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