Has the US stepped back from the global political and economic leadership role it has played since the end of WWII? The critics who attribute the turbulence in the Middle East, Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and a resurgent China to a lack of global leadership by the US and specifically President Obama think so.
I suggest, however, that the critics take a breather to consider what happened yesterday and how it could change the world for the better.
A brief reprieve from the rising tensions and outrage over the missile attack that destroyed MH 17 and killed nearly 300 hundred innocent people occurred when Ukrainian separatists allowed international authorities to inspect the plane’s wreckage, and the remains of the dead and the aircraft’s black boxes to be transported to the city of Kharkiv, which is located in an area controlled by the Poroshenko government, and turned over to Malaysian officials.
There is little doubt that the Ukrainian separatists were responsible for the missile attack. The Obama Administration put on public display the results of the classified technology used by the American intelligence services that showed the missile was fired in territory held by Ukrainian separatists, and evidence of monitored conversations between Ukrainian separatists about shooting down the plane.