Washington DC (Storch Report) — President Obama picked up where Johnny Cash left off, ‘Walking the Line’ and refusing to nail Russian President Vladimir Putin for his role in escalating a war in the Ukraine from which the missile was shot by Putin’s Brown Shirts, and most likely Russian expertise, that downed flight MH 17 killing 298 innocent civilians.
It once again turned out to be dual messaging from this administration with Obama delivering a cautious response, while earlier in the day US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, was highly critical of Putin and made a direct connection to the firing of the Russian developed SA 11 missile, noting that it couldn’t have been fired by the separatists without Russian expertise.
It has been reported that it takes two years of training for the crew to learn how to fire these missiles and that the Russian supported separatists do not have this expertise.
Obama continued to say from the White House press briefing room that he didn’t want to get ahead of the evidence in what he called a tragedy of ‘outrageous proportions.’
But there are facts at hand that are unequivocal and that is Putin’s direct involvement in the invasion of Crimea and the Ukraine and supporting the cause of Russian separatists with advisers and military arms.
Obama said he did not see a US military role in the region and did not raise reinstating the proposal of a missile shield in the region, which Putin opposes. He said there was one American on the plane.
When the US Ambassador to the UN’s statement is stronger than the president’s Obama once again is perceived globally as being weak, and rightly so.