We’ve seen calls for a no-fly zone from several fronts ~ both at home and abroad. It seems to be the favored form of intervention of British PM Cameron, US Senators McCain, Lieberman, and Kerry as well as any number of twitterers. We have seen calls for a no-fly zone in Libya, too, to be sure. On the flip side, Gaddafi has vowed to use whatever military he has to fight a no-fly zone.
Me? I don’t mind the idea (those three years I spent as a Data Processing Technician in the Navy made me a military expert) as long as the US does not take the lead. I firmly believe, as SoS Clinton has said recently, the UN and/or NATO and/or the Arab League should take the lead.
What I find intriguing are the thoughts of SecDef Gates who, as you know, is a holdover from the Bush Administration and former CIA deputy director for intelligence during the Reagan years.