The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has opposed handing over control of the military operation in Libya to Nato, saying the move would send the wrong message to Arab nations.
At a meeting of the North Atlantic Council, Nato's decision-making committee on Monday, the French representative reportedly stormed out after being accused of hindering Nato's involvement in the campaign. France had flatly refused to agree to the proposal, which was later agreed by a majority of member countries.My, my, my, shouldn't we be more observant of Fwench sensitivities?
The German representative is also reported to have left the meeting after his country was criticised for not wanting to get involved.Shit howdy, getting 'em to Afghanistan is still a shock; Germany becoming involved with Libya would be mind-blowing.
Turkey, angered that the French president had failed to invite it to Saturday's summit in Paris, refused to give carte blanche for a no-fly zone over Libya.You're an absolute fucking genius, Sarko.
Western diplomats say Sarkozy angered Britain and the US by announcing French planes were already in the air and ready to attack Libya before many of his allies had even left Saturday's meeting to decide on military action, and before informing his partners.BarryO is looking to handoff leadership of Operation Daffy Gaddafi© "in a matter of days, not weeks".
Afterwards, the French president - who will be seeking re-election next year - was congratulating himself for what the French called his "diplomatic blitzkrieg" in pushing through UN resolution 1973 authorising the offensive against Muammar Gaddafi.
However, after Monday's meeting, Norway said it was "suspending' participation of its F-16 fighter jets, which had already arrived in Italy before flying on to Crete, until it had "a clarification of the command [structure]".
Germany and Turkey do not want Nato to carry on the bombing campaign against Gaddafi's forces; Luxembourg, present at Saturday's summit, has said it will only take part if the operation is Nato-led; Italy is "reflecting on the use of its bases" for the operation.
Sarko is all but saying that he's the new leader of the Free World. Have at it, fucker. Just don't cry for help from NATO (or anyone else) should you wake up and see Gaddafi's flag flying atop the Eiffel Tower.
Read it all at The Guardian