Ron Paul is entertaining conspiracy theories about MH17, the Malaysian Airlines jet that was shot down over Ukraine on July 17, positing that a Russian Buk surface-to-air missile did not shoot down the Boeing 777.
“Some independent sources claim that the crash site revealed evidence that bullet holes may have come from a fighter jet,” Paul claimed in a recorded statement. “If true, it would implicate Western Ukraine.” But there is absolutely no evidence of bullet holes in the fragmented remains of MH17.
In fact, Paul is repeating rumors about a Ukrainian Su-25 “Frogfoot” that was supposedly spotted in the general vicinity of the airliner when it was shot down. The only problem with this theory is that the Su-25 has a service ceiling 10,000 feet lower than the airliner was cruising; since its climb rate would not exceed 100 feet per minute at that altitude, the Frogfoot would have been unable to intercept and shoot down MH17 even if it had been directly underneath her.
That’s not a conspiracy, it’s physics.
Paul’s conspiracy theory doesn’t even make sense. Why would Ukraine use a plane that’s not even capable of high-altitude intercepts when they have perfectly-good MiG 29s and Su-27s that are purpose-built for shooting down aircraft at high altitude? Why wouldn’t they use their air-to-air missiles, the effects of which would closely resemble a surface-to-air missile?
Two other Ukrainian aircraft had been shot down in recent days by surface-to-air missiles launched from territory controlled by Donetsk separatists; Occam’s Razor says that’s what happened to the hapless passengers and crew of MH17. But Rand Paul isn’t concerned about whether his conspiracy theory makes sense. What matters is that “false flag” accusations rule the money-bomb universe of Alex Jones fandom supporting his retirement.