As Twitchy reported Friday, a new poll shows that 74 percent of Americans want a NATO-led no-fly zone established over Ukraine. So does Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who brought up the idea of a U.S.-led no-fly zone in late February, noting that “we own the skies.” A better idea would be to stop buying so much oil from Russia, but the thing is, we’re in a “transition” period right now from fossil fuels to green energy.
Despite a majority of Americans wanting to see U.S. fighter jets shooting down Russian planes, that would bring the United States directly into the conflict, something Russian President Vladimir Putin has made clear:
BREAKING: Putin says any country trying to impose no-fly zone over Ukraine will be considered a participant in the conflict
— BNO News (@BNONews) March 5, 2022
I mean, duh.
— Jimmy the Snitch (@Bastard0fY) March 5, 2022
Well there’s a surprise
— ChickenWitch (@JenniferLaChap6) March 5, 2022
Well, make it Poland who does it then because they’re next anyway.
— Brian Wilde 🇺🇦 (@BWildeMTL) March 5, 2022
I don't fault Zelensky his anger and rhetoric about the unwillingness to impose a no-fly zone. But Zelensky's only consideration right now is Ukraine, while ours are Ukraine AND the United States AND the greater global order.
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) March 4, 2022
1) I don't blame him for asking for it.
2) I don't blame us/NATO for not doing it.
3) Asking for the universe just to get a couple of planets is a pretty good negotiation tactic.
— E.B. Beaumont (@CoachBeaumont) March 4, 2022
This should make sense to anyone who can hold more than one thought in their head at a time.
— Matt Crawford (@crawf) March 5, 2022
I get that you can't just give them planes if they don't have people who can fly them. But I mean, can we just flood them with stingers? They did wonders against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Low learning curve, point and shoot.
— Thomas Crescenzi (@CrescenziThomas) March 4, 2022
We have no objections.
A no fly zone is essentially declaring war with Russia
— Spectre (@thespectreshow) March 4, 2022
It is. It’s inevitable.
— MountainMan (@realmrmom) March 4, 2022
Zelensky is looking for anything that can help Ukraine right now, which is perfectly fine considering he may not be alive next week and Ukraine is fighting for its survival.
The rest of the world isn't so desperate though. Not yet.
— Patrick Cereghin (@elkton97) March 5, 2022
The best take on this (from Zelensky and the 74% of Americans who apparently agree with him) is that there's an underlying confidence Putin would just back down meekly if we did it. I'm thankful Biden isn't willing to gamble on that.
— George Stanley (@GStanley1966) March 5, 2022
Of course he said that. He wants to dissuade further help. But the thing is, he's been ineffective at scaring the west away from a united effort. Those stinger missiles still keep getting into Ukranian hands.
Lots of aircraft shot down these last 24 hours.
— 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐢𝐝 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐢𝐝 (@ParanoidFactoid) March 5, 2022
Also, a NFZ does not eliminate the threat of Russian artillery
— Lt Col. Andy Tanner (@LtColTanner) March 4, 2022
— Katie O Grady (@KatieOGrady4) March 5, 2022
Newsweek published a story on Biden’s “secret” drone war with Russia, the idea being we let U.S. drones fly and then just put out the story that we gave them to Ukraine and they launched them.
That's kind of how these work. If NATO establishes a NFZ at Ukraine's request, we become a co-belligerent, and at that point will have little control whether or not the conflict spreads beyond Ukraine. Exception might be under UN mandate, which is unlikely.
— Mark Bowlin (@MLBowlin) March 5, 2022
He’s not wrong.
— keep austin nasty ☭🥚 (@keepaustinnasty) March 5, 2022
The desire to do something to help the Ukrainians is strong, but directly entering the conflict might be just the sort of escalation Putin is waiting for.
New poll finds 74% of Americans want a NATO-led no-fly zone over Ukraine https://t.co/GpWE1GtUvy
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 4, 2022