Re: Picard qualified to command Enterprise?
On the other hand, it confuses me to see everyone defending Kirk's decision to blow up the Enterprise 1701 in Search for Spock... While you're focussing on the tactical necessity of the destruction as a way of fighting against the Klingons, you seem to have forgotten he stole the ship in the first place, and wasn't on a Starfleet sanctioned mission to begin with?
If Kirk doesn't blow up Enterprise in STIII, the Enterprise and her secrets fall into the hands of the Klingons. Kirk may have disobeyed orders and stolen the ship and disagreed with Starfleet's position regarding a trip to Genesis, but he still knew his duty to the Federation.
"You have been examined. Your ship must be destroyed. We make assumption you have a deity, or deities, or some such beliefs which comfort you. We therefore grant you ten Earth time periods known as minutes to make preparations."