A medium-range (30 miles) radar-guided surface-to-air Buk missile takes out an airliner flying over Ukraine at 33,000 feet.Exhibit B:
A small, crude, fire-and-forget, Qassam surface-to-surface artillery rocket with a 2 to 8 mile range is fired in the direction of the Tel Aviv airport. It does not hit the airport property and there is no damage.Now, enter the Twilight Zone....
Take a guess where flights from the US are cancelled.
The administration says cancelling flights to Israel is in the interest of safety.
These two recent events give us the rare opportunity to see each political party stand for what they believe in.
Republican Response: We can only assume, but here is what I think a Reagan would do. Out of both safety and a need to hold Russia accountable for giving Buk missiles to people who might use them against airliners, I see Reagan cancelling all direct US flights into and out of Russia. I would expect Reagan to confirm flight safety into Israel, and follow the advice he'd receive.
Democrat Response: Obama will never place serious sanctions on Russia because a) he fears Russia and b) it is an opportunity to bring the US down a notch in foreign affairs. Obama's FAA has cancelled all flights to Israel.
Libertarian Response: I've asked for this from Ushanka's Libertarian readers but have not received a response. They've demanded an investigation into the Ukraine event, so I must assume President Ron Paul would have done the same. I haven't seen any Libertarians comment about the cancelled flights into Israel, so I assume they are in agreement with Obama.