Congressional leaders “prodded the Obama administration on Sunday for a more aggressive U.S. response to Libya’s increasingly brutal attacks on opposition groups – calling for a no-fly zone and other military measures – but White House officials cautioned against being drawn into a potentially protracted and costly military campaign,” the Washington Post reports.
Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, for the first time raised the possibility of bombing military airfields in Libya to deny the use of runways to Moammar Gaddafi’s air force. Two of the Senate’s top Republicans, Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and John McCain (Ariz.), also spoke in favor of U.S. military involvement to keep Libyan warplanes grounded.
"We can’t risk allowing Gaddafi to massacre people from the air," McCain, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, said on ABC’s "This Week With Christiane Amanpour."
A no-fly zone is "not the only option for what one could do," Kerry said.
"One could crater the airports and the runways and leave them incapable of using them for a period of time," he said on the CBS news program "Face the Nation." McConnell, on the same program, said a no-fly zone was "worth considering."
Kerry “also called for turning over to rebel groups some of Gaddafi’s estimated $30 billion in frozen assets.”