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March 11, 2011

Libya poses difficult question for candidates

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WASHINGTON —

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says a no-fly zone would be "very important because that way you keep (Gadhafi) from flying mercenaries in." He would also position a naval armada off the Libyan coast.

Anthony Cordesman, a national security analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said much of the talk of a no-fly zone seems divorced from the reality of what's actually happening on the ground.

There is scant evidence that Gadhafi's fixed-wing aircraft are doing much military damage, tracking attack helicopters "requires you to maintain a constant presence" and most of the battle is ground action that "would not really even be affected by a no-fly zone," said Cordesman, a former director of intelligence assessment at the Pentagon.

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Associated Press writers Donna Cassata and Liz Sidoti in Washington and Mike Glover in Des Moines, Iowa, contributed to this report.

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