Friday, July 18, 2014

Tragic stories emerge of MH17 passengers' final moments

President Obama called on Friday the launch of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a "revolt of the unspeakable conditions," it said a "wake up call" for shy European leaders, and all but laid the blame for the tragedy right outside the front door of Russian President Vladimir Putin
Obama's blunt language, delivered in the White House briefing room behind a lectern with the presidential seal, offered a stark contrast to his muddled public handling of the disaster the day before.
When the news was announced on Thursday signaled the White House, the President had first learned about the earth-shattering events of Putin at the rear end of a telephone conversation at the request of Moscow arranged. With gruesome details come in, Obama went ahead with a strong bipartisan public schedule: A speech in Wilmington, Delaware, where he hit Republicans on infrastructure financing, followed by a clip of Democratic fundraisers in New York City
Obama had started his speech in Delaware with only seven sets on the attack, stated that "it looks like it can be a terrible tragedy" - a shock reaction to media reports, the already citing a death rate of nearly 300 people. He has the disaster not bind to Russia.
And it was Vice President Joe Biden, not Obama, specifically, the first Americans that the passenger jet was apparently was "shot down -. Not an accident, blown out of the sky"
Republicans have recently joined their regular criticism of Obama's handling of world affairs - a reflection of the escalating chaos of Iraq in Libya and Syria civil war expansion, China is increasingly strained relations with its neighbors and the collapse of the Middle East peace process. His natural caution out the crisis GOP charges that he is acting too slowly, or give voice to American outrage.
Come Friday, Obama revised his tone, shedding favor "can be a terrible tragedy," "indignation of the unspeakable conditions" personally confirmed that "a ground-to-air missile was fired, and that is what brought down the jet," linked the attack directly back to pro-Moscow Ukrainian separatists, and involved the Russian president Vladimir Putin.
"A group of separatists can not shoot military transport aircraft," he said, "without complicated and demanding training, and this is coming from Russia."
Putin's refusal to stop the flow of weapons and fighters in the eastern Ukraine has encouraged the separatists and led them to offend, charged Obama for talks with the government in Kiev.
Putin "has control over most of this situation, so far, at least he has not exercised it," the president said.
Obama had a stern message about the European leaders who have resisted U.S. calls for strict economic sanctions against Russia for agitating armed unrest in eastern Ukraine, fearful that Moscow could to the west of the oil and natural gas flows off.
"This will certainly be a wake-up call for Europe and the world that there are consequences to be an escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine, that it is not localized, it will not be contained," he said.
And the world learned of the President that at least one American, Quinn Lucas Schansman, was among the victims.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family for this terrible loss," Obama, who noticed said. "Because events are moving so fast, I would not say with absolute certainty that there might not be other Americans"
White House aides had stressed on Thursday that the president had made ​​the charge behind the scenes. She reveals his phone calls to the leaders of Ukraine, the Netherlands and Malaysia. They pointed out that he had spoken by phone to Secretary of State John Kerry and later CIA director consulted John Brennan, head deputy director of National Intelligence Stephanie O'Sullivan, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, and Deputy National Security Advisor Lisa Monaco and Ben Rhodes .
It was not clear to what extent Obama, who took office vowing "reset" of relations with Russia would change its cautious strategy when it comes to Ukraine. The President has calls from Republicans to improve and support the fight against the separatists supported by Russia arms of the country a shot blocked. A government official, who requested anonymity, suggested that the plane tragedy, the need for extreme caution in considering whether the advanced weapons, powers not to use it is used.
Asked if he escalate the pressure on Moscow, Obama declared that "it is very important for us to ensure that we do not get out in front of the facts" and noted that he on freshly announced sanctions against Russian energy and financial companies Wednesday.
"We had already ratcheted up sanctions against Russia," he said. "We will make it clear that Russia, you know, been committed to supporting the separatists are that we. An ability that costs that we impose on them to increase, and we will do so"
But Obama included a greater role for the U.S. military.
There is no way for the president partisan criticism in the current political climate to avoid. But he could take faced by the experience of former President Ronald Reagan, the conservative icon, the sharp words of fellow conservatives about his reaction to the September 1, 1983 some comfort, incident in which a Soviet fighter jet shot down a South Korean airliner with 269 to kill them all - men aboard a U.S. Congressman, inclusive.
Reagan called the attack an "act of barbarism" and refers to it as the "Korean airline massacre.", He ordered to be shut down U.S. operations down a week after the incident, Soviet airline Aeroflot. His personal diary for September 4, 1983, suggests that he took seriously a Republican senator's proposal that the United States retaliate against Soviet undercover operator.
"Strom Thurmond made ​​a great suggestion," Reagan wrote. "We know [redacted] the whereabouts of many KGB agents were [redacted] in the practicality of this, that would shoot us to look yourself in the foot."
He also complained about snipers from his right flank.
"Short go to war, what they would do to us?" He asked in a speech.
"I know that some of our critics have sounded somehow we do not have enough demanded revenge," Reagan said. "Well, that's not revenge the name of the game in this."
It was not enough for some conservatives. "The administration's pathetic, when she says this proves the president's words were right," said the columnist George Will, referring to anti-Soviet rhetoric Reagan. "We do not have to choose a dictionary. We chose a president and it's time for him to act."

"I'm really excited with George Will. He was very bitter and personally mainly because he did not believe in his attacks, Ive done or am doing enough to the Russians and the KAL007 Massacre," he wrote, before it is what could look at Reagan's admirers in today's Republican Party as the ultimate Reagan kiss-off.



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