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A 'gender gap' in Obama administration’s approach to war?

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(Read caption) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses reporters during a press conference held at the US embassy in Paris Saturday March 19, following a crisis summit with world leaders regarding military action against Muammar Qaddafi's forces in Libya.

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Is it just me, or has anybody else noticed the gender difference in the Obama administration’s move toward war in Libya?

With women in uniform fighting – and dying – in Iraq and Afghanistan, we’re long past the point where it’s extraordinary (although still argued about) to see women earning Purple Hearts and other combat decorations. They’ve been fighter pilots for years.

And there’s certainly a history of women leading their countries in wartime. Golda Meir. Indira Gandhi. Margaret Thatcher.

But as I read about the Obama administration’s evolution in support of military action against Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi, I couldn’t help but notice an important distinction in the line up of senior officials.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, and White House chief of staff William Daley all argued against a no-fly zone in Libya.


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