The official said the US considers strikes on Ukrainian soil “self-defense,” which applies to Crimea in Washington’s eyes. “We don’t select targets, of course, and everything we’ve provided is for self-defense purposes. Any target they choose to pursue on sovereign Ukrainian soil is by definition self-defense,” the official said.
This statement was made in regards to the Ukrainians striking Crimea. It will soon enough be applied in the US, with the same justification – where “self-defense” means nothing more than defense of the state against those who do not conform to every dictate of the state. The state, after all, as a right to defend itself violently, said every tyrant in history.