As Libya’s revolt becomes civil war, the United States seems to be planning to intervene. The Secretary of State stated that the US is looking into imposing a no-fly zone, and “all options are on the table”.
The Enterprise carrier strike group, last seen hunting pirates, is in the Red Sea — and may sail through Suez to the Mediterranean — and the New York Times reports that an “amphibious landing vessel, with Marines and helicopters” are there as well. The Financial Times adds that the British are considering the use of the air base at Akrotiri in Cyprus as a staging ground to enforce a no-fly zone. Any envisioned military action is likely to be a multilateral affair, either blessed by the U.N. or NATO.
Marine Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters today, “We are re-positioning forces in the region to provide options and flexibility.”
Sounds like a big stick is being waved.
The Arab revolutionary tide reached Libya several weeks ago.