The White House Urges Unfettered Access for Investigators of Downed Malaysian Flight


The White House Press Secretary issued a statement on the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Thursday evening, saying the United States is shocked and offering our deep condolences to all those who lost loved ones on board.

At the time of the statement, they were still seeking information to determine whether there were any American citizens on board.

They urged safe and unfettered access to the crash site for international investigators, pointing out that the United Nations and the OSCE in Ukraine may be “particularly relevant” for this effort.

They offered the assistance of the United States and reiterated that it’s vital that the evidence not be tampered with.

“While we do not yet have all the facts, we do know that this incident occurred in the context of a crisis in Ukraine that is fueled by Russian support for the separatists, including through arms, materiel, and training. This incident only highlights the urgency with which we continue to urge Russia to immediately take concrete steps to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine and to support a sustainable cease-fire and path toward peace that the Ukrainian government has consistently put forward.”

Later Friday morning, around 11:30, the President will issue a statement on the situation in the Ukraine. The statement issued last night is consistent with the Obama doctrine – the wait until the facts are in methodology is exemplary of the way this President makes judgments. But this calmness should not be mistaken for leniency. It was also this President who got Osama. Senator John McCain might wish to recall this fact before he spouts off any more Republican hatred, politicizing yet another tragedy.

If Obama comes after someone or initiates a conflict, it is or will be because they are a clear and proven dangerous enemy. He will then use every weapon at his disposal as leader of the free world. But he only takes action after he has determined deliberate, willful fault and danger for a fact. The Obama administration’s request for the UN to be engaged is a welcome change from our recent facts-later-or-never, go-it-alone cowboy fantasy past.

7 Replies to “The White House Urges Unfettered Access for Investigators of Downed Malaysian Flight”

  1. I’m so glad we have Obama at the helm. If it were McCain we would trying to evade the mushroom clouds by now.

  2. Well, we are not dealing with Iraq. We are dealing with the heir of the Soviet Union… and its nukes…and its thermonukes…and its ICBMs and armed submarine fleet, just as they are dealing with us, and ours. Leaders with any discretion at all remember this. The kind of people who have aspired to lead from the right the last two elections think every country but ours is a banana republic.

  3. I am so glad the president is running this country and not McCain and for McCain to call Obama a “coward” tells me McCain does not care about the “people” and would rather go to war. what an ass.

  4. I heard that Russia is already meddling in this investigation & has taken the aircraft’s black box. Of course, this is after Putin announced that the country the plane crashed in is responsible for the cleanup.

    I, too, am so grateful we have President Obama as our leader. Putin is an extremely dangerous man who can’t be trusted. Fortunately, Obama doesn’t pay attention to the GOP’s mouths when he’s making serious decisions. I just wish the GOP could see how stupid & disrespectful they look when they bash the president. But *sigh* this comes with the right to free speech.

  5. To all of the American Putin lovers out there (Republican warmongers-Obama haters-Psychos)Please STFU. It is sickening to hear and read your ignorant comments. Blaming Obama for this tragedy is borderline INSANE! Already these (YOU sick Republicans) are not being very logical or sane. The actions of the seperatist rebels is now being blamed on America and President Obama! How Fking sick are you? PUTIN is the one to blame in this situation! He gave those weapons to those ignorant Separatist (probably had sophisticated military personnel guiding the shoot down procedures of the BUK). So, THINK! It is shameful for those Americans who are already calling the actions of our President the cause for this tragedy. Sick and embarrasing. Republican partisans are unpatriotic and a bunch of backstabbers. We lose respect because of them. But with Obama ignoring their frothing at the mouths, we can proceed safely and succesfully in navigating this crisis.

  6. Watch how the Republicans are going to give OBAMA some heat over this, and praise PUTIN for allowing the plane to be shot down! How pathetic is that? !!! Praise the murderous regime and loathe the President for condemning Putin. Go figure that one out folks. Watch FOX you will see what I am talking about.

  7. McFuddle is still pissed off he lost to Obama in 2008 and will take every opportunity to put him down no matter how stupid and ignorant he comes across.
    His so called knowledge and expertise in Foreign Policy and War is questionable every time he opens his maw.

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