The Year In: Afghanistan.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, we argued that Barack Obama offered, "the most sweeping liberal foreign-policy critique we've heard from a serious presidential contender in decades." This first year was his chance to show how it would affect the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here are our smartest commentaries on the conflicts:

Will Obama's policy changes in both Iraq and Afghanistan be enough to truly shift us away from a "war on terror" mindset?

The Veterans Administration is still operating as if all of its patients are young, childless, and male.

Obama's choices on Afghanistan promised to either break Democrats' association with Vietnam -- or confirm it. But when he announced his strategy, he managed to dodge the fundamental questions about the conflict altogether.

Is there a feminist case to be made for the war in Afghanistan?

Questions remain about the domestic architecture of surveillance and how we try terrorist suspects.

--The Editors