Here are direct quotes, ladies first:
“I personally would be advocating now for a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors to try to stop the carnage on the ground and from the air.”
“This is a tricky maneuver, it’s a dangerous maneuver, but it’s a maneuver that we must undertake. The Russians do not get to move into the Middle East and become the dominant outside power.”
“We need to have no fly zones. The argument is, well we’ll get into the conflict with Russia, maybe Russia shouldn’t want to be in conflict with us. I mean, this is a place where American leadership is desperately needed.”
“You enter that no-fly zone, you enter at your own peril. No more red lines, no more looking the other way. If any hostile aircraft should enter that, there will be a great consequence to them.”
“We need to stand our ground with the airspace. I would establish a no-fly zone along the border with Turkey. In no way would I back off.”
“My first phone call would be to Vladimir, and I’d say to him, listen, we’re enforcing this no-fly zone,” adding that he would shoot down Russian warplanes that violate the no-fly zone.
“I don’t know if there’s anybody left to train, but a no-fly zone would be a great relief to the Syrian people.”
“The United States should work with our allies, both Arab and European, to impose a no-fly zone over parts of Syria.”
Before the Paris massacre that meant shooting down Russian planes flying over Syria either by U.S. military or by providing surface to air missiles like Stinger to “moderate” rebels.
Now, when France is working closely with Russia, will these presidential hopefuls flip-flop, or they will advocate shooting down French planes as well?
To be fair, some of the Republican and Democratic candidates opposed a no fly zone even before the French got into action.
“Look, we have no business sticking our nose in that civil war”
“Setting up a no-fly zone is a recipe for disaster. It’s a recipe for confrontation.”
“I Support Russia Bombing ‘The Hell Out Of ISIS’ In Syria.”
“I oppose, at this point, a unilateral American no-fly zone in Syria which could get us more deeply involved in that horrible civil war and lead to a never-ending U.S. entanglement in that region.”
“This could lead to an escalation of Cold War proportions (!) because of an accident, and I don’t think that’s in the best interest of the United States.”
Of course, there are more U.S. politicos in high places like Senator John McCain who want to escalate this conflict even further, and they have the enthusiastic support of the mainstream media.
At the same we hear more voices of reason urging the White House to join the real anti-terror coalition headed by Russia and France.
If only Obama could make up his mind!