In Thursday's USA Today, self-described liberal Democratic strategist Bob Beckel wrote, "(Earlier) empires tried to dominate the world, mostly by military aggression. The United States has never sought to be an empire."
You hope that most people would laugh at Beckel's silly claim, but they probably won't if they live in the US.
Earlier in the week, a Pew Research Center poll revealed that 51% of Americans side with Israel in their current offensive in Gaza, while only 14% side with Palestinians. It seems illogical that Americans would have such a view, but given what they hear from their elected officials and from the establishment media, it is sadly understandable.
This naivety makes it easy to see how the US government will exploit the Malaysia Airline catastrophe and how the American people will willingly accept, without question, whatever story the government tells them about the crash.
The US has been demonizing, poking and prodding Russia for so long regarding Ukraine, it shouldn't be surprising to see how quickly the tragic crashing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has been exploited to further US goals in Central Asia. And how most Americans will probably approve of whatever military action the US-supported government of Ukraine carries out in the eastern part of the country in the name of fighting Russian-backed rebels.
Indeed, on Friday, President Obama said pro-Russian fighters couldn't have shot down the Malaysian aircraft "without sophisticated equipment and sophisticated training, and that is coming from Russia."
The "working theory" in the U.S. intelligence community is that the Russian military supplied a surface-to-air missile system to pro-Russian rebels, a senior defense official told CNN.
Additionally, Ukraine's state security chief accused two Russian military intelligence officers of involvement. However, it turns out the audio may be a fake, as it was actually created one day before the crash.