First, the horrible news about the Malaysian airliner being shot down over Ukraine. Much of the initial information is speculation, but one thing that has been confirmed is that it was shot down with a missile. Now the work begins to pinpoint the location of battery and perhaps that will give us information as to who did this.
And, of course, the embarrassment here is that Obama, once again, exhibited how much of a fool he really is. We have 295 lost souls, and 23 dead Americans in this horrific act. He stepped awat from a photo op at a burger joint, then spent 38 seconds addressing the crisis which is said “may” be a tragedy. Then, like a robot, went into some prepared speech blaming the GOP for something and demanding money for something. You know, the usual. Here’s the clip.
Then, Israel sends ground troops into Gaza. If Israel is really going to take care of business and wipe out the terrorist scum there, this is good news. In addition to making Israel safe, it would also free the Palestinians from being used as cannon fodder by these terrorists. Everyone deserves better.
BREAKING NEWS: A large IDF force has just launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip. A new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 17, 2014
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