Re: Picard qualified to command Enterprise?
Well, Picard commanded the Stargazer
for twenty-two years before it was lost. Then he was absolved of any wrongdoing in its loss.
So even if he spent eight years behind a desk, I don't see anything that would damage his chances at another command.
"If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are." - Jean-Luc Picard, "Encounter at Farpoint"