Here are today’s must read opinion and editorial columns.
LEADERLESS IN EUROPE EDITORIAL
NEW YORK TIMES
Americans are weary of war — and fear of weakening NATO no longer deters politicians, as the fight over the Libya campaign has made clear. …Europe’s leaders need to find some broader vision of their own quickly, or Europeans — and their American allies — could pay a huge price.
PETRAEUS’S UNFINISHED LEGACY IN AFGHANISTAN DAVID IGNATIUS
The Petraeus legacy will be debated by military historians for years to come. He is the most prominent general of his generation, celebrated as a miracle worker after the rescue of Baghdad but still resented by some colleagues as too political. Somehow, he has been the favorite military commander of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who is plucking him from Kabul to head the CIA.
A SUPREME COURT WIN FOR POLITICAL SPEECH AND POLITICAL MONEY GEORGE F. WILL
The Arizona law’s fate actually was sealed in 1791, when the First Amendment was ratified; 220 years later, one wonders: When will people eager to empower government to regulate speech about itself abandon the fiction that political money can be regulated without regulating political speech? Will their long losing streak in the Supreme Court ever convince them that the First Amendment requires debate about government without government’s regulatory intervention?
ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, OBAMA STILL HAS COLD FEET DANA MILBANK
For Obama, this is less about the issue than about leadership. Even if he backed gay marriage, it wouldn’t become legal without Congress rewriting the federal definition of marriage. … But if Obama really believes, as he says, that a class of Americans is suffering unconstitutional discrimination, you’d think he would take a stand as a matter of principle. Instead, to borrow a phrase one of his advisers applied to the administration’s Libya policy, the president is once again “leading from behind.”
THE ‘BRADY BOND’ SOLUTION FOR GREEK DEBT ANDY KESSLER
WALL STREET JOURNAL
The Greeks would have a decade to work things out. Austerity would be brought on slowly but surely, and if there were defaults it would happen quietly with asset transfers along the way to Germany (or hedge funds or China) who would end up owning this new Greek instrument. The new owners would then go in and rationalize each business and fire whom they must to make each enterprise profitable, in private versus public hands.