Gaddafi Holds His Ground — The question of who will lead air strikes on Libya is less important than determining the purpose, terms and limits of the mission, argues Tony Karon on Global Spin. See Christopher Morris’ photographs from Tripoli, here.
Arms Race — The Economist’s ‘Daily Chart’ takes a closer look at the ‘big guns’ of the global arms trade.
Heading South — Crackdowns in Mexico, South America and the Caribbean are pushing drug cartels into new parts of Central America, reports the New York Times. Read about about Obama’s recent trip to the region, here.
Diplomatic Defections — In an engaging dispatch from Washington, Sheryl Gay Stolberg tells the tale of Libya’s ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali, who is now the maid-less “ambassador of an uprising.”
America the Reticent — The air campaign in Libya signals a shift in how America sees its geopolitical role, argue Daniel Dombey and Richard McGregor in the FT. “The difference with the Bush-era formulation — ‘You’re either with us or against us’ — could not be starker,” they write.