They can if they have a Carrier Task Group nearby or at least US Navy ships capable of Helicopter Ops.
I believe in the testimony on Wednesday, it was stated that there were no aircraft tankers available despite the fact that US fighters could be there in 2 to 3 hours from NATO bases.
The Dimwits (Democrats) muddled the hearing intentionally so that points like this did not immediately come out.
The distance from Aviano to Benghazi is 1680 kilometers or 1044 miles only, F-16 could make it in under 2 hours and still have enough fuel to take care of business. They are lying.
Those gentlemen have sort of a thing about rescuing people from the shores of Tripoli.