‘Go to hell’: Buttigieg, Dems feel heat when they pin blame for downed Ukrainian jet on US and Trump

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With it now practically established beyond a reasonable doubt that Iran “accidentally” shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet earlier this week, thus killing 176 people from all across the globe, some on the left have taken to suggesting President Donald Trump deserves culpability for the rogue regime’s egregious error.

First up is 2020 contender Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He posted the following tweet Thursday afternoon, not long after domestic and foreign officials alike began confirming to the media that Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was “highly likely” downed by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile system:

The tweet provoked an immediate backlash from those troubled by the Democrat candidate’s rush to impugn America for an act committed by Iran.

While some responded with explainers highlighting why such thinking is faulty, others chose to keep their criticism more pithy and visceral.

In fact, the most oft-heard reproach was these three words: “Go to hell!


Speaking a couple of hours later on CNN, California Rep. Jackie Speier echoed Buttigieg’s sentiment but went further by specifically naming the president.

“If what is being projected is true, 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,” she said to network host Wolf Blitzer.

In response to rapidly increasing aggression by Iran, last week the president ordered U.S. military forces to eliminate top Iranian general and terrorist mastermind Qasem Soleimani.

The rogue regime tried to “save face” afterward by conducting a lackluster missile strike against two Iraqi bases housing U.S. military houses.

In the aftermath of those strikes, Iran switched on its anti-missile systems for defensive purposes. Those systems wound up mistaking Flight 752 as a threat as it took off from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport early Wednesday morning.

The rest is sadly history, RIP …

Speier continued her diatribe on CNN late Thursday by arguing that Soleimani shouldn’t have even been eliminated in the first place, never mind his history of terrorism.

“I would say that the continued saber-rattling by the president doesn’t help us,” she said. “I also feel strongly that by taking out General Soleimani, that did not somehow rid us of any of the planning that the Iranians would be doing or that the Shia militia throughout the region is also engaged in doing.”


A cursory glance through Twitter shows that this belief appears to be more widespread than it probably ought to be, with a plethora of “journalists,” activists and other notable individuals expressing a similar viewpoint. Other congressional Democrats have as well.


Libertarian Robby Soave of Reason magazine has offered a more nuanced take, arguing that while attributing direct blame to the president is “completely insane,” the Trump administration nevertheless “bears some moral blame for deaths that occur as a result of continuing regional instability fomented partly by American military intervention.”


As of Friday morning, however, a piece he published at Reason about this stance boasted over 400 scathing comments such as this:

“It was shot down in Tehran. The US had no planes there and did not attack Iranian soil. So, no, the US deserves no blame. So to say that it does is despicable and a low point even for Soave.”

Ouch …


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