Chris Christie would shoot down Russian planes in Syria!

christieNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is banking his campaign on selling himself as the national security guy. And then he told the world at last night’s CNN Republican debate that he’d shoot down Russian planes if given half the chance.

You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

“I would do it. A no-fly zone means no-fly zone. That’s what it means,” Christie said when asked if he would risk war with Russia to protect a Syria no-fly zone.

He said he would tell Russian President Vladimir Putin that “there is a no-fly zone in Syria, and it applies to you. And we would shoot down the plane. If they thought that this president is the same feckless weakling that the president we have in the Oval Office is right now.”

In the role of voice of reason, was Sen. Rand Paul.

“If you are in favor of World War III, you have your candidate,” Paul said. “Here’s the thing. My goodness, what we want in a leader is someone with judgment not someone so reckless as to stand on the stage saying yes, I’m going to shoot down Russian planes.”

Paul has a decent point there. History, past and recent, suggests that Russia doesn’t respond well to things like having planes shot down.

Christie might be a Tough Jersey Guy, but a shirtless Putin rides horses bareback.

– Story by Chris Graham