About da Plane (MH 17)A lot of hyperventilating over this one. But a lot of unanswered questions - many of them concerning the west. After so many comparisons to KAL 007 and Iran Air 655 one needs to ask the Obama administration: Where is your evidence?
Every day the administration tells the public that there is significant amounts of evidence pointing to Russia and the separatist rebels in the Donetsk region as the responsible parties. We are told Russia either gave or trained a missile crew on the SA-11/Buk missile system. We are told the launch had to have come from that region and must have been done by either the separatists/rebels/terrorists (depending whom you ask) or Russian military personnel inside Ukraine. Never mind that the Ukrainian military has used the Buk system as well or that some Ukrainian military elements have switched sides.
But it does smell, doesn't it? In 1983, it only took a few days before the Reagan administration publicized audio of the Russian side of the KAL event. Forty years later, at a time when the NSA collects everything in the world and the NRO operates satellites which can identify just about anything on the ground day or night, the Obama administration has failed to release one byte of hard evidence related to the missile launch, yet alone who was responsible.
Whether this is out of an abundance of caution or a lack of evidence is unknown. It is hard to really put credence in either view. If it is caution, why has the administration from the first moment blamed the separatists and Russia? If it is for lack of evidence, again why are they casting blame and further, why draw attention to an unmitigated intelligence failure? It is simply not possible given the long running events in that region as well as the relative proximity to Afghanistan that the US was not gathering significant quantities of signals, masint and satint.
We leave you with this excerpt from Wikipedia about the downing of Siberia Air 1812 in 2001 by the Ukrainian military :
Russian officials initially dismissed the American claim as "unworthy of attention," and Russian President Vladimir Putin told the press the next day that "the weapons used in those exercises had such characteristics that make it impossible for them to reach the air corridor through which the plane was moving." Ukrainian military officials initially denied that their missile had brought down the plane; they reported that the S-200 had been launched seawards and had successfully self-destructed. Indeed, Defense Ministry spokesman Konstantin Khivrenko noted that "neither the direction nor the range (of the missiles) correspond to the practical or theoretical point at which the plane exploded."
However, Ukrainian officials later admitted that it was indeed their military that shot down the airliner. Ukraine, reportedly, banned the testing of Buk, S-300 and similar missile systems for a period of 7 years following this incident.