Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Left Blames President Trump For Iranís Decision To Shoot Down A Passenger Plane
The Federalist ^ | January 10, 2020 | Erielle Davidson

Posted on 01/10/2020 8:51:40 AM PST by Kaslin

The crash of Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 is a tragedy, the culpability for which lies unequivocally with Iran. To suggest otherwise is to cheapen the deaths of hundreds to score political points against the 'bad orange man.'


Something grotesque is unfolding on the left, particularly about Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752, which domestic and foreign governments indicate was likely shot down by an Iranian antiaircraft missile. One-hundred and seventy-six individuals perished as the airplane caught fire and came crashing to the ground in Iran early Wednesday morning.

Those on the left have opted to blame President Trump for the Iranians’ error, searching desperately for any way in which to transform President Trump’s controlled and tactical maneuvers in Iran into a policy quagmire. The crash of Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 is indeed a tragedy, the culpability for which lies unequivocally with the Iranian regime. To suggest otherwise is to cheapen the deaths of hundreds for the sake of scoring political points against the “bad orange man.”

But the Democrats have shown no compunction about engaging in such an ethically reprehensible endeavor. Trump “broke” the left, and they are doggedly indicating to us that the term “broke” also included snapping their moral compass in half.

On Thursday evening, Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier of California appeared on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” declaring that if Iran did shoot down Flight 752, then “this is yet another example of collateral damage from the actions that have been taken in a provocative way by the President of the United States.”

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a prominent 2020 Democratic contender, hinted at a similar tack, stating on Twitter “Innocent civilians are now dead because they were caught in the middle of an unnecessary and unwanted military tit for tat.” But as Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy noted, Buttigieg misstates the series of events in order to imply that both President Trump and the Iranian regime are equally culpable when they are most certainly not.

Dunleavy tweeted, “If these reports are true, it means this airliner filled with hundreds of people was shot down by Iran just after Iran fired upon bases housing U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The U.S. did not fire back that night or since. There was no ‘in the middle.’ It was Iran. Iran did this. Period.”

The prominent leftist lawyer Laurence Tribe indicated that Flight 752 never would have been shot down by a “trigger-happy Iranian missile” if it weren’t for Trump’s ordered “assassination” of Soleimani. CNN national security reporter Susan Hennessey mourned the loss of life “killed in the crossfire of reckless escalation.”

But again, there was no “crossfire.” Iran shot down a civilian passenger jet after firing directly at two U.S. bases in Iraq. There was no response from the United States during that period. Iran is the only force that fired any projectile of any kind that evening. It was likely a tragic error by Iran, but not one for which blame should be assigned to President Trump or the United States, despite the left’s most concerted efforts. It was Iran who chose to attack the U.S. embassy in Iraq that prompted the current hostilities, and Iran that has historically been the aggressor against innocent civilians through decades of ongoing support for terrorism worldwide.

These facts didn’t stop the Associated Press from tweeting, “What began with a drone attack on a top Iranian general rippled outward until dozens of Iranian-Canadians, and dozens of Iranian students studying in Canada, were dead.” Rippled outwards. That’s the verbiage the press is using now to connect two events whose perpetrators are decidedly different but some on the left desperately equivocate. The tweet forces a logical leap that removes the bad actor entirely, evincing an approach to reporting that is not only reductionist but also morally bankrupt.

Furthermore, the Associated Press’ tweet makes a clownish attempt to portray the United States’s targeted strike on Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani as something almost haphazard – a mere “drone strike” on a “top general.” Soleimani wasn’t merely a “top Iranian general” – he was the leader of an organization formally designated a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) by the U.S. State Department.

As the tactical mastermind behind the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, the Quds Force leader was designated a terrorist by the United States and responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. soldiers. In short, the targeted killing of Soleimani was morally justifiable, unlike his promotion of terror.

The media and Democrats’ relentless attempts to spread Tehran-like propaganda evince a deep ailment on the left in analyzing any event in which Trump may be even remotely involved. Indeed, the left is so eager to find fault with President Trump that their ability to cognitively assess a problem has virtually dissipated. What we’re left with is a shell of hyperbolic nonsense, disseminated by the media and cloaked in deliberately manipulative wording.

Conservative commentators are rightfully labeling such suspended logic as indicative of a larger “Blame America First” mentality that has seized the American left. It’s becoming painfully obvious that the left has serious doubts about the American project as a whole, the latest response to a terrorist’s death being just one data point in the larger mosaic of questioning American exceptionalism, which includes pushback against celebrated notions such as individual liberty, religious freedom, and free markets.

In many ways, Trump has become the ultimate vessel for the left to express its distrust of the American project in a socially and politically acceptable manner. Indeed, given the way the above statements were authored, it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish whether the left rejects Trump or the larger endeavor that is the United States. I have a feeling many voters will be wondering the same thing.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: foreignaffairs; foreignpolicy; iran; media; mediabias; mediacriticism; muslimworld; tds; terrorism; theleft; ukraine
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-34 next last

1 posted on 01/10/2020 8:51:40 AM PST by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Dem Marxist/Socialist BS


2 posted on 01/10/2020 8:53:39 AM PST by mason-dixon (As Mason said to Dixon, you have to draw the line somewhere.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Irrational


3 posted on 01/10/2020 8:55:49 AM PST by Spruce
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

The Left is simply insane. I think the safe course is to simply ignore everything they say and the MSM prints...period.


4 posted on 01/10/2020 8:56:06 AM PST by econjack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

That naughty boy!

He took time out from retroactively starting World War II to force Iran to shoot down another civilian airliner.


5 posted on 01/10/2020 9:04:51 AM PST by Vlad The Inhaler (I love Mankind - It's Just Most Of The People That I Can't Stand)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I wonder if the Iranian’s have received a lip quiver from Trudeau for all the Canadians they killed.


6 posted on 01/10/2020 9:04:56 AM PST by heshtesh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Left Blames President Trump For Iran’s Decision To Shoot Down A Passenger Plane

So the left believes Iran deliberately shot down the passenger jet?

I was willing to believe it was inadvertent in the heat of battle.

I guess the left thought Iran would act like they themselves would, sacrifice a whole planeload of people for propaganda points...

7 posted on 01/10/2020 9:05:34 AM PST by null and void (The government wants to disarm us after 243 yrs 'cuz they plan to do things we would shoot them for!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

If we have not all figured it out yet: Trump will get blamed for virtually EVERYTHING...just a heads up, yo.


8 posted on 01/10/2020 9:07:52 AM PST by cranked
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

This makes complete sense. They also blame President Trump for warm weather, for cold weather, for snow, and for hurricanes.


9 posted on 01/10/2020 9:17:03 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
....Rippled outwards. That’s the verbiage the press is using now....

I suppose it never occurs to them that the "rippled outwards" effect happened back in Tehran in 1979....

10 posted on 01/10/2020 9:17:55 AM PST by Mopp4
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

These dems are their own worst enemy. They’re detached from the reality that they really do need the public vote to keep their jobs. How many already frustrated registered dem voters heard this crap and finally threw up their arms in defeat? Hundreds? Thousands?

I say that the more they spew their filth the more they dig their own graves.


11 posted on 01/10/2020 9:20:08 AM PST by know.your.why
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

They will automatically blame the President for everything bad weather it makes any sense or not. They are deranged.


12 posted on 01/10/2020 9:20:29 AM PST by bk1000 (Banned from Breitbart)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

better to blame the Democrats and Pelosi. They impeached the President and Soleimani thought POTUS could no longer respond to provocation. He thought the impeachment meant Trump was unable to function as POTUS. Soleimani was wrong. The Democrats are traitors.

Let our cry be, “Remember 1979.”


13 posted on 01/10/2020 9:27:09 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said theoal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I don’t believe for a second Iran meant to shoot down this passenger airliner. I think one of it’s missile battery operators screwed up.

The optics of this couldn’t have come at a worse time for Iran.

I’m shocked they haven’t blamed it on the U. S. yet.

Would be interesting if a 7-10 year old shard of U. S. junk missile parts popped up in the debris.


14 posted on 01/10/2020 9:31:40 AM PST by DoughtyOne (The Leftistist media and particularly CNN NEWS should come with a ten day supply of Cipro.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

15 posted on 01/10/2020 9:32:01 AM PST by lewislynn (STOP SUPPORTING CHINA AND ANTI-AMERICAN GLOBALISTS! DO IT NOW!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne

“I’m shocked they haven’t blamed it on the U.S. yet.”

Iran hasn’t, but I think Trudeau might have.


16 posted on 01/10/2020 9:34:11 AM PST by MayflowerMadam (God issued a commandment against envy. What others have is not our business. - Star Parker)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

How we continue to exist with these People without bloodletting is simply amazing to me.


17 posted on 01/10/2020 9:40:55 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (Kill a Commie for your Mommy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Then BeelzaBubba Clinton deserves the credit or blame for 9/11 for passing on whacking Osama not once or twice,, but three times.

The Left is clueless.. by choice.


18 posted on 01/10/2020 9:41:14 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Monthly Donors Rock!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Iran did this intentionally because they knew the American left would blame it on Trump. They are peas in a pod.


19 posted on 01/10/2020 9:42:09 AM PST by circlecity
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

These are the same type of people that hit their kid, smack their spouse, or emotionally abuse those around them, then turn around and say sorrowfully, “Look at what you made me do...”


20 posted on 01/10/2020 9:49:42 AM PST by Turbo Pig (To close with and destroy....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-34 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson