What is it good for?
(Lyric by Edwin Starr, covered by Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen, Chris Christie's favorite musician.)
Curious, because I just heard Chris Christie the candidate for POTUS claim during a Fox News interview that our current situation in the Syria mess wouldn't have happened with His Tubbiness at the helm, because he would have set up a "no-fly zone". It sounded like Tubby the One-Note Tuba thinks we could use that "solution" now.
Look, I'm no General Patton, but I did have years of military leadership training, and I seem to remember that the thing about employing forces in battle is that the nation employing them MUST consider just how those forces could be supported BEFORE committing them to battle.
The current Air Order of Battle over Syria would involve Russian, Chinese, (maybe Israeli*) frontline fighters, all versus our forces. We have just pulled our last Carrier Task Force out of the Persian Gulf, so whatever forces we could employ on short battlefield notice have to come from Turkish bases, where we have a few aging F-16 fighters on a VERY tenuous basing agreement with NO permission to use them to fight Russians over Syria. Realisticly, if push comes to shove, we would need several re-inforced Wings of fighters and three Carrier Air Groups available to fight the current forces arrayed against the US interests. That's not going to happen, so when the first US fighter fires the first missile at a Russian/Chinese/Israeli fighter, within an hour there won't be a single US aircraft left in the region.
The Russians have maybe only a squadron or two of fighter-bombers in Syria, and the Chinese maybe just a few aircraft, but the Russ are BASED there, on the coast, and have small carriers available for naval attack variants. We are (tenuously) based in Turkey, and the unstable Ergodan government could order us out at any point with little notice. We have already sent all our US forces' dependent families home, so we KNOW our basing agreement in Turkey is tenuous.
Sorry, Governor, if you are going to sound Presidential, blow that One Note** on your tuba, this speech did little to advance your cause.
* Two days ago, the Russians sent a member of their General Staff to Israel to discuss the Russian's request to have the Israeli Defense Force involved in the current military situation vs. ISIS. The Russians announced that they wanted to use IDF intelligence, which they value highly as to it's quality, and would not object to Israeli aircraft flying reconnaissance missions over Syria, either. The two militaries discussed how to keep in constant communication, possibly even to the point of establishing credentials on each others' digital battle networks. Israel, in turn, asked for, and presumably will get, Russian help to stop Syrian groups from shipping war materials to Hezbollah. That means that The Russians will mount air attacks when the IDF spots convoys of such materials moving overland towards Lebanon, or permit the IDF to do so.
** Christie's One Note: "but-but-but, I killed the UNIONS in New Jersey" (he didn't, but he still claims he did).