Thursday, March 24, 2011
NATO Will Control Military Ops in Libya
The impasse over command and control of military operations in Libya has been broken. NATO will run the show, but there will be a "political directory" composed of participating states to set the parameters of overall policy, whatever that means. Face-saving, most likely, for the French, who don't want this to look like a neocolonial project. But of course participating states were always free to withdraw from the coalition and will not be making operational decisions, so this gesture is little more than cover.