US to Hand Over Command to UK/France or NATO
Via the BBC: US ‘will hand over’ Libya command
The US has said it expects to hand over control of military operations against Libya within days to either a UK-France coalition or Nato.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said that while the US will continue to play a part in military operations against Col Gaddafi’s forces, it "will not have the pre-eminent role".
A few quick reactions:
1) It is interesting that events started out under US command (especially since a lot of comments today have seemed to want to downplay the US role).
2) Gee, mightn’t it be nice to know to whom command will be handed? One would think that perhaps such minor details would have been worked out in advance of starting the shooting.
3) It will be interesting to see how the roles evolve. A lot, it seems to me, will be dictated by what happens on the ground. What if Gaddafi digs in? What if the country breaks into pieces? What if Tripoli falls, but a pro-Gaddafi insurgency starts?