Obama critical of candidates’ ideas on crisis in Syria

It’s a plan that allows them to stake out a more aggressive military posture than Obama, while stopping short of the kind of large-scale combat troop deployments the US engaged in for years in Iraq and Afghanistan – and of which voters have wearied.

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MAJOR GARRETT: To what degree did Hillary Clinton’s endorsement just yesterday of a no-fly zone put her in a category of embracing a half-baked answer in Syria that borders on mumbo-jumbo? “This is unacceptable and must stop”.

Obama says he opposes that course, and that reporters should ask candidates who promote a no-fly zone, “How would you fund it, and how would you sustain it?”

Kasich repeated his call for the United States to contribute to a regional coalition of ground troops to defeat the Islamic State and al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq. “But I moreover think there is a difference between running for president and being president“.

By Friday morning, the U.S.-led coalition had gone public with their growing concerns over Russia’s actions. It should remain deployed until a transitional council can achieve a regional commitment to a sustainable political solution that will restore peace and security to Syria and Iraq….

Kasich has sought to sell his foreign policy chops as a candidate. The US, meanwhile, argues that Assad’s actions against his people – described by the United Nations as crimes against humanity – disqualify Assad from any claim to rule the country.

Mrs. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and Mr. Obama’s former secretary of state, said Thursday that she would advocate as president for a no-fly zone over Syria and “humanitarian corridors” to protect civilians caught in the civil war.

This week, Russian Federation began airstrikes in Syria, saying it was targeting Islamic State militants.

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Supporters of a no-fly zone in Syria have said it would help stem the flow of refugees and neutralize Assad’s warplanes and helicopters.

Scott Olson