With reports that the Gaddafi regime — or what’s left of it — has effected the indiscriminate massacre of Libyan civilians, up to and including air strikes in Tripoli and the planned carpet-bombing of Benghazi, the suggestion that President Obama establish a “no-fly zone” above Libya has begun popping up on social media.
I don’t say this lightly, but I think POTUS must so act. U.S. Sixth Fleet under AFRICOM may or may not have a carrier “chopped” (that is, assigned) to it at the moment (Ed Morrissey has a good post on why it’s so hard to pin down where our carriers are at a given moment), but it appears that one or several aircraft carriers are within striking distance.
Gaddafi’s bombers must be grounded.
UPDATE: As of the latest (admittedly dated) stratfor update, CVN-65 is just south of the Suez Canal, and CVN-70 is in the Arabian Sea and could conceivably be maneuvered into range in a matter of hours. Also, probably a coincidence, but CVN-65 has shut down outgoing e-mail messages from crewmen, according to Facebook.