Fresh from a “trip to the Middle East, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) repeated his call for a no-fly zone over Libya, something Defense Secretary Robert Gates has warned would require an attack on the politically unstable north African nation,” POLITICO reports.
“This would send a signal to [Libyan leader Muammar] Qadhafi that the president’s serious when he says, ‘We need for Qadhafi to go,’” the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “And also it would be encouraging to the resistance who are certainly outgunned from the air.”
McCain does not want a ground-based operation.
“Ground intervention would not be appropriate, certainly not at this time. Ground intervention on the part of the United States could be counter-productive,” McCain clarified. “But we can assist in a lot of ways, humanitarian, intelligence, providing them with some training … as they form a provisional government.”