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Horist: Time To Ramp Up Starting With No-Fly Zone

The United States and the western world have a lot more that they can do to support Ukraine.  Why America and NATO would allow the Madman of Moscow to determine what aid we can provide the people of Ukraine makes no sense at all.  Even under attack from Russia, Ukraine is – in the eyes of the world – an independent nation.  Just as Putin had no right to invade, he has no right to determine what Ukraine does – and what the world of civilized nations do in conjunction with Ukraine.

Step 1: Ukraine should ban Russia from air space

By international law, the airspace over Ukraine belongs to the Ukrainian people – and their government in Kyiv.  The presence of Russian military in the skies over Ukraine is a violation of international law – and the international community should enforce the law.

The first step should be for the Ukraine government to issue an order banning Russian aircraft from Ukrainian airspace.  That may seem a preposterous notion at this point, but it serves as an official action that triggers international law – and other actions.

Immediately, the United States, NATO and the European Union should recognize the Ukrainian no-fly zone.  Ideally, the United Nations – at the request of member Ukraine –would assemble a coalition of nations – led by the United States — to enforce the no-fly zone.  Of course, that will not happen because the UN is mostly a social club for bloviating diplomats who have proven to be useless in preventing most major military aggressions.

That means it would be up to NATO to be the backbone of a multinational air force armada committed to enforcing the ban on Russian violations of Ukrainian air space.  Remember … this would not be a no-fly zone for all aircraft – just for the Russians.  This would be no different than the number of western nations that have already banned Russian flights – military and commercial – from their air space.

Step 2: Humanitarian airlift

At the same time, the NATO nations – and others – should declare humanitarian flights to bring food, essentials and medical supplies to the beleaguered citizens of Ukraine.  For cities that are surrounded by Russian forces, the operation would be like the Berlin Airlift – when Russia (Yes, again Russia) tried to cut off West Berlin from food and essentials.  In that case, Allied planes flew over portions of Germany occupied by Russia.  It was considered one of the most successful humanitarian events in modern history.

It is important that the sky would NOT be used for any military action against Russian forces unless it was to stop incursions into Ukrainian air space.  Western aircraft would be present only to protect the humanitarian flights and to prevent Russian planes for operating over Ukraine.  And those flights could ONLY carry humanitarian supplies.  Efforts could be made to fly humanitarian relief under the banner of the International Red Cross – which is already involved in bringing essential supplies by ground transportation.

Step 3: Attacking NATO?

Any attack on the NATO planes that are legally in Ukrainian air space would be determined to be an act of war by Russia – which would justify a united attack on Russia.  Even in his madness, Putin knows that Russia has no chance … zero … against the combined forces of NATO.  As one former American general put it, if Putin were to precipitate a war between Russia and NATO, he would turn Russia’s dragged-out war in Ukraine into a very short war that Putin would lose quickly.  NATO is by far the strongest military force in the world.

Step 4: Putin’s bluff

Virtually no professional military analyst takes Putin’s nuclear saber rattling seriously.  Even the use of a single tactical weapon against a NATO nation would result in the destruction of Moscow.  Putin is mad, but not suicidal – and neither is his military command staff that would have to implement his order.  They are not about to see their country … their families … and themselves … wiped off the face of the earth.  


Biden should be leading this effort — but for many reasons, he is not.  His strategy in Ukraine seems to be following the same dangerous disengagement we saw in Afghanistan.  And we saw previously in Syria – which is why Putin can now call on the Syrian military to help him.

Biden would rather give the appearance of doing something meaningful than actually doing it.   He is big talk and minimal action.  He does not fight to win.  He tucks and runs.  And that is the problem.  One might even argue that the two most responsible men for the disruption – and defeat – of western world leadership are Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden – one because of what he is doing and one because of what he is not doing.

Come on, man.  Stop channeling Neville Chamberlain. Give the Ukrainians what they need – the planes, the weapons, maximum sanctions … and the no-fly zone.

So. There ‘tis.

Written by Larry Horist


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  1. Very well thought out plan there Bunky. You been taking strtagy lessons for brandon?

    1- Ukraine bans Russian planes from their airspace.
    2- The Ruskies laugh at them and fly anyway
    3- EU’ NATO’ and the US join the war and WWIII gets underway
    4- The Ruskies get their asses handed to them in the air ( There is no way they could stand against the rest pf the world)
    5- The mushrooms start sprouting first over Europe and then all over the world.
    6- There is no number 6.

    MAD has nothing to do with a bunch of Karaens with nothing else to do. It means the end of the world as we know it. Don Trump would have never let it go this far. Khrushchev and Eisenhower didn’t let it go this far. (All you woke Melinials and Gen Xers will have to look that up because I quite sure you never heard of the Cuban Mistle Crisis), but the doddering old fool in DC and his handelers never had the moxie to keep it form going this far.

    Now Brandon and his cpntrolers can either let Puten go on his merry way or end the world. There is no in between. ,,,,, Let’s see Kamshaft laugh as her skin burns off when the H-Bomb goes off outside her bunker.

    How did we ever let these bafoons “win” the election?

    • Cuban Missile Crisis was JFK vs USSR. Ike was responsible for the U-2 diaster. Other than that I didn’t find any fault with your layout.

  2. Please can someone explain to me what the difference is between Sadam Hussein invading Quate and Putin invading Ukrainian soil? There was no fly zone in Iraq why not in Ukraine?

  3. Joe Biden is the worst president ever!!! He gets kick back money from Russia and China. He doesn’t want to help. The sanctions are one thing but the Ukranians need weapons and the no fly zone NOW!!! Not next week, not next month, which Biden has stated. The spineless, embarassing, poor excuse for a President is what we have. Joe should step down and so should the VP, Kamala, and Nancy Pelosi. They have managed in one year destroy this country. The reason Putin invaded now is because he knows Biden won’t do anything. The whole world knows and sees exactly what Biden is. God help America and Ukraine because Biden won’t.

  4. Comical….
    First off, Putin OWNS Biden, just like heOWNED Barry Boy when HE was in office. Neither is equipped to deal with a thug like Putin. Biden is aBarroom Braggart who has gotten by for decades on bluster and Bullsh*t but cold like a cheap suit when he has to back up his bravado.
    And the UN and their “military” are nowhere near the most powerful in-the world in spite of what they’d like everyone to believe…

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