No-fly zone for Libya would require attack-US

WASHINGTON, March 2 Wed Mar 2, 2011 11:33am EST

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - Establishing a no-fly zone would require an attack on Libya to cripple the country's air defenses, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday.

"Let's just call a spade a spade. A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defenses ... and then you can fly planes around the country and not worry about our guys being shot down," Gates said during a congressional hearing. (Reporting by Missy Ryan; Editing by Sandra Maler)