Thursday, January 15, 2015

‘US Incapable of Backing Down on Russia Over Ukraine’

-Ron Paul Institute
RPI Director Daniel McAdams was interviewed yesterday on the deteriorating situation in Ukraine. Following is the interview in its entirety:

Making quick judgments over the situation in Ukraine, including the latest bus tragedy, suits Washington’s political goals as, unlike the EU, it is incapable of backing down, Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute, told RT.

Twelve people were killed Tuesday in the shelling of a bus in east Ukraine.

OSCE Ukraine mission representative Michael Bochurkivt said group monitors visited the site of the attack and would later present a report on their findings.

Meanwhile, the US State Department was quick to draw conclusions and immediately accused east Ukrainian rebel forces.

“Today’s vicious and repeated attacks on the Donetsk Airport and the shelling of a bus that killed 10 people and wounded 13 are just the latest egregious violations of the commitments made by the Russia-backed separatists,” stated State Department spokesperson Marie Harf on Tuesday.

RT: The US State Department has accused anti-government protesters of the recent shelling that took 12 lives. Why is Washington so certain who's behind the attack, when the OSCE for example says there's still too little information to make a conclusion?

Daniel McAdams: I think there has been a pattern of the US acting very rashly and making very quick judgments. We saw this on the MH17 downing where the US was immediately certain that it was the rebels or indeed even Russia itself that had downed the plane.

Frankly the US credibility has suffered quite a bit because of these assertions. We just saw a couple of weeks ago that the Obama administration was certain that the North Koreans were behind the hacking of Sony even though the top of cyber security firm says that it just doesn’t add up.

You have an administration that is almost out of control making bizarre accusations that are simply not backed up by facts. This may or may not be one of those but I think we should be suspicious considering their past behavior and considering the speed at which they reached this conclusion. I think it suits Washington’s political goals to have this as the separatists attacking this bus of civilians. But if they were required to put up some evidence it might fall quite short of the mark.