As one of the heroes of the neocons, President Harry Truman famously put it: "the buck stops here" and in the frenzy to blame the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over a freaking war zone on Thursday (what the hell was it doing there?) on the reviled and demonized Vladimir Putin our pathetic excuse for a media is blaming the wrong president. The responsibility for the loss of the lives of the passengers of that ill-fated jetliner can be parked directly at the foot of US President Barack H. Obama for it was he who signed off on the series of events that culminated in the disaster in the first place. Were the prince of petulance not so intent at avenging his wounded pride over Russia's saving Edward Snowden from being waterboarded more times than Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Putin's pissing on the parade of bombing Damascus last September there would be no civil war in Ukraine in the first place.
Libertarian icon Ron Paul sums it up very nicely in his piece "What the Media Won’t Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17" that is available at Antiwar.com and I excerpt from the good doctor:
While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report.
They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when EU and US-supported protesters plotted the overthrow of the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without US-sponsored “regime change,” it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in the unrest that followed. Nor would the Malaysian Airlines crash have happened.
The media has reported that the plane must have been shot down by Russian forces or Russian-backed separatists, because the missile that reportedly brought down the plane was Russian made. But they will not report that the Ukrainian government also uses the exact same Russian-made weapons.
They will not report that the post-coup government in Kiev has, according to OSCE monitors, killed 250 people in the breakaway Lugansk region since June, including 20 killed as government forces bombed the city center the day after the plane crash! Most of these are civilians and together they roughly equal the number killed in the plane crash. By contrast, Russia has killed no one in Ukraine, and the separatists have struck largely military, not civilian, targets.
They will not report that the US has strongly backed the Ukrainian government in these attacks on civilians, which a State Department spokeswoman called “measured and moderate.”
They will not report that neither Russia nor the separatists in eastern Ukraine have anything to gain but everything to lose by shooting down a passenger liner full of civilians.
They will not report that the Ukrainian government has much to gain by pinning the attack on Russia, and that the Ukrainian prime minister has already expressed his pleasure that Russia is being blamed for the attack.
I have admired the former Congressman for his principled stance against the evils of the warfare state and his set of stones for daring to speak out against Bush and Cheney's wars of aggression back when critics were branded as "traitors", "terrorist sympathizers" and worse and would face the equivalent of being "necklaced" for daring to stand up and be counted when it mattered the most. I will never forget Ron Paul's brutal smackdown of Mr. 9/11 himself, Rudy Giuliani in that Republican debate and then assigning the fascist former Big Apple mayor, a neocon favorite a reading list. Congressman Paul was vilified by the same scum-infested, corrupt, warmongering media types that are busily selling the latest load of Obama's horse manure about Ukraine - all the while covering up the war crimes of the US backed Israeli despot Bibi Netanyahu and his wanton slaughter of civilians in Gaza.
The propaganda is shameless, from the loud-mouthed lout of a Vice President Joe Biden - a fucking embarrassment to decent Americans - and his juvenile attacks on Putin as "not having a soul" to the endless proclamations of the pope of hope and change and his evidence-deficient charges that Russia's president was personally responsible for the attack despite the unspeakable fact that Obama is the one backing ruthless neo-Nazi death squad filth engaged in ethnic cleansing while the Kiev junta uses the military against civilians.
This is what it is to be an American during a time of rampant corruption, imperial hubris, national blindness (as well as stupidity) and an addiction to the drug of American exceptionalism that is as potent as black tar heroin. It is sick and shameful to watch these scumbags in the Obama regime and the neocon rats nest at Foggy Bottom continue to lie with zero regard to the long-term consequences even if those consequences end up leading willfully ignorant and brainwashed Americans into the flaming abyss of World War III and imminent nuclear catastrophe.
Obama is a punk but the office of the presidency seems to attract that type like flies to a pile of rotting corpses these days and unlike when Harry Truman took responsibility the serpentine, conniving, Teflon coated bullshit salesman Obama does anything but adhere to the "buck stops here" principle.
Two and a half years left until we can be rid of this most loathsome of leaders, that is if he doesn't succeed in getting us all incinerated in a nuclear apocalypse first.