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Paying For A No-Fly Zone Over #Libya

Three very good reasons to stay away from Libya:
The Harrison/Cooper report examines three no-flight zone options for Libya. These estimates are based on comparisons with previous military operations in the Balkans and Iraq.

1. Full No-Fly Zone with costs in the range of $100 to $300 million per week. This would cover all of Libya. The initial cost would be $500 million to $1 billion.

2. Limited No-Fly Zone with costs in the range of $30 million to $100 million per week. This would cover “the northern third of Libya, above the 29th parallel.” The initial cost would be $400 million to $800 million.

3. Stand-Off No-Fly Zone with costs in the range of $15 million to $25 million per week. This would cover only “coastal areas using air and naval vessels operating beyond Libyan territory.” The initial cost would be $0.
...all of this in addition to the fact that the U.S. has no business getting involved.

Head nod: James Joyner