Dexter Filkins in The New Yorker on women in combat Recalling the time he met female soldiers fighting for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka, Dexter Filkins argues that there's no reason to think women can't handle the pressure of being on the front lines just like men. And, he notes, the notion of a frontline is already out of date. "Who’s in greater danger? A male Marine on a foot patrol in Helmand Province, or a female Marine driving a fuel truck on a highway to Kandahar?" Filkins asks. "Technically speaking, the former is a combat job, and the latter is not. But the distinction, in both of our recent wars and in any we are likely to fight in the foreseeable future, is meaningless."
Ron Fournier in National Journal on Obama's great liberal expectations Though many progressives praised President Obama for delivering a rousing, determinedly liberal address during his second inauguration, Ron Fournier argues that he only set himself up for failure. Just like he did at the outset of his first term, "Obama is raising expectations," Fournier writes, "this time for combat over a liberal agenda that will save the planet, fortify the middle class, protect entitlements, regulate guns and extend gay rights. Even if he fails to push his policies through Congress, Obama can now claim he fought the good fight."