Marines Are the Next Target for Women in Combat Advocates

Fleet Week

If you were surprised by the fact that two women are graduating from the Army’s Ranger School this week, you haven’t been paying attention. At the end of May, after all 19 women who began the course had washed out, the Army’s top general announced that the trial program had been a “success,” and that further iterations of the course would likely be opened to female students. At the same time, it was announced that three of the women who had failed, including the two who have now made it to graduation, had been offered the opportunity to begin the course over again. This is not an unprecedented opportunity for stellar soldiers who have underperformed on one or two events, but it is not a widely available opportunity, either.

New York Times Reassured By Obama Foreign Policy. Our Allies? Not So Much

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, near Yemen / AP

Readers of the New York Times could be forgiven for believing that the Obama administration is maintaining a tough military posture in the Middle East. Consider today’s report, courtesy of Helene Cooper, from the decks of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, where Cooper portrays the Navy as maintaining a vigilant, tense watch on Iranian activity in the Persian Gulf: