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Pushing for a NATO-Ukrainian ‘No-Fly Zone’? – Know What You are Asking For
It's more complicated than you think
ANALYSIS – I recently wrote about a Florida GOP Congresswoman, and former media colleague, who appeared to have flubbed simple questions about her support for a NATO-enforced ‘no-fly zone’ (NFZ) over Ukraine.
But it’s not just her, too many politicians, armchair strategists and social media military experts are demanding the same thing.
Usually in the name of protecting Ukrainian civilians from Putin’s increasingly brutal attacks. But few actually know what a NFZ entails, or the risks involved.
And they should know.
And where were they for months when Biden was doing very little as Russia prepared to invade?
As I wrote earlier:
The time to put boots on the ground, or planes in the air, in Ukraine was before the invasion began, to deter Putin, not now. Sadly, President Biden foolishly and very publicly took that option off the table well before Putin invaded.
Still, to be clear, this is not to say the U.S and NATO absolutely should not impose a no-fly zone or any other tough responses to Vlad the Invader’s savage war.
But as I noted, “While war with Russia may come, I prefer to do it with our eyes wide open, rather than sleep walking us into Armageddon.”
So, what’s the best way to evaluate whether an NFZ over Ukraine is a good idea, or even feasible?
First answer these 10 questions…
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