My post is about that crazy Uncle Ron Paul, but this morning I watched Obama’s tap dance in the Rose Garden, where he talked about accountability wrt the downed airline and mentioned the troubling news that the black boxes were absconded and hustled back to Russia. He wondered out loud what they had to hide. Naturally one has to snicker at any mention of accountablility, and as for hiding something, let’s see, 2 black boxes vs. “less than 20″ hard drives wiped clean, hiding something, indeed.
I know there were several Paul bots that frequented this site, I was never one of them. And although it is still early, Rahn Paul will no doubt make a run for the top job in 2016. One has to wonder (and pray) that this apple falls real far from the tree.
But the old guy escaped his rest home just long enough to chastise the media over their coverage on the downed airline;
Former Congressman Ron Paul defended the Russian government on Sunday and slammed Western leaders for spreading “propaganda” after a Malaysian Airlines plane was allegedly shot down by Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine.
“Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said,” the former presidential candidate wrote. “While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report.”
You knew somewhere in there he was going to fall back on the old tried and true and blame America;
One of those unreported things, Paul claimed in his weekly “Texas Straight Talk” column, was the United States’ own responsibility for destabilizing the region.
Full disclaimer, no, I did not read his dopey column, but the Ukrainian people clearly wanted Yanukovych out has subsequently issued arrest warrants against him for mass murder. I would tell Obama to pay attention and heed what happens to a leader that zigs when the folks want him to zag, but there are too many out there that like the status quo, like their free stuff, so he remains nonplussed.
Samantha Powers did a great job (I know, where did that come from?) the other day at the UN, encapsulating what we know so far and where the real blame should be placed. You can see it here.
I get a kick out of all the talk about this signalling the end of Putin, and how he will be made to pay. There will be nothing left at the crash site that will tie Russia or the separatists in on this. Europe (or the US for that matter) does not have the will to push this beyond the “moral outrage” stage. Putin is popular with the folks and has the natural resources to back up any bluster. I see nothing coming of this.