Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military´s ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war. The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta´s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.
Comments: Good grief, what are we coming to? (That´s the whole article.)
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Not what casualties the public can bear, but the real, and known, loss in combat efficiency? The biggest part of combat for the front-line troops is hard, brutal, dirty work that makes physical, emotional, and psychological demands that have to be experienced to be understood.
Oh, dear! Another opportunity for us to be beat over the head with "the first woman in combat", "the first black woman in combat", "the first transgendered woman in combat", "the first latina woman in combat", "the first woman killed in combat", "the first black woman killed in combat"...
I say only women who support abortion or have had one thereby qualifying them for killing, be put on the front lines. Also just a piggish comment from a pig. Seems women are the only "minority" who lobbied to give up special status. Of course that special status would be considering them "ladies". BUT today´s slutty women would make great soldiers. You won "ladies" now go for it.
And from the foxholes, torpedo rooms, tactical command posts, bivouac areas and boondocks around the globe, the new "battle cry" will be heard..."Come on baba, you drive me crazy...Goodness gracious great balls of fire!"
I served with a lot of women during my time in. The vast majority did their regular jobs exceptionally well. When we went into the field or on a remote was another matter entirely. Very few had the strength or stamina to do the work. Their very presence created resentment as someone else had to do two jobs. Plus, they create drama just by being there. Romances develop all the time, and the last thing some lonely GI needs is to see someone else playing high school lovey games. I saw it on every assignment and every deployment. This is a bad idea, which means it will be embraced by those who wish to further degrade our military.
unbelievable and simply stupid, panetta playing PC with the very lives that men will give their lives to defend. Are women ready to be raped repeatedly by the enemy before being killed. some of the villages that were friendly and provided security and food to us in Nam, sometimes would be overrun if found out and it wasn´t pretty what was left. what a way to ruin a combat effective squad by putting a woman in the mix, will she be able to carry 65 lbs of equipment or more while on foot, walk long distances. I remember the Air Force in its infinite wisdom once put a woman with the 5 of us on a mountain top for a remote 6 month tour, we had to give up space for her privacy, and set aside time for the shows just for her, and she still ended up getting pregnant and I don´t think her husband was too pleased by that either.
Sea duty has been opened up to women since 1978 and it seems to be working our real well: more than half of the commanding officers relieved of their commands last year were fired due to some form of sexual misconduct.
Just saw Howitzer Explosion Guy ("Party on, Wayne!") on the cafeteria flat screen - he´s all giddy over the news and had out-of-the-closet helo pilot tammy duckworth on as his guest. Finally, something brings a smile to her face. Up until now, she´s always worn a frown - I didn´t know if it was because she´s merely another angry lesbian or that she lost both legs while fighting in George Bush´s War.
Reply 26, any population control secondary to abortion and other factors is more than canceled by the illegal alien invasion. The population of the USA is increasing at the rate of a 3rd world country. Almost all of the growth is due to immigration. And it´s not just hispanics. The average muslim "family" in USA has 7 children.
It´s been tried before in other armies. As I recall, besides the strength issue there are two more: 1) the maiming of women soldiers in combat has a devastating effect on all present 2) women decide to opt out by getting pregnant in considerable numbers.
Oh My the yang factor at work Obama style. He voices all out protection for women while his minion declares women will be in combat. Of course the protection from Obe is only in matters of lady parts in political sexual terms while pretending those parts are not included in death or dismemberment in combat. Like everything else in his governing agenda open mouth stick in foot then cram in the opposite one.
And earlier this afternoon, Valerie Jarrett tweeted, "If there´s one thing we should all agree on, it´s protecting women from violence. Congress needs to pass the Violence Against Women Act." (You can access the link on Drudge.) How screwed up is this Administration??
Poster is exactly right. This is 0bama´s war against women, indeed the entire dem party´s decades-old war against women. The radical militant lefty/libs have betrayed femininity and demeaned masculinity since the 1960s! Their statist policies have fractured the American family unit over the past 4 decades. ...This will NOT work out well.
I envision that this will be as "successful" as putting women on Navy ships. Until they decide (at the last minute) they don´t want to deploy. Then some poor GI is going to find out he´s being FORCED to do back-to-back deployments.
Lousy idea. One poster talked about a 50 lb. rucksack. More realistically, try a 75 lb. load.
Register all 18 year-old females for the draft. Those who are "selected" for motor pool specialties, are required to change tires on their own. Those selected for the Artillery must be capable of loading an 8" howitzer. The rounds weigh 200 lbs, by the way.
I´ve served with females, officer and enlisted. In the office, they were fine soldiers. The problem came with their relationships (inevitable) with their male counterparts. Young women and men, thrown together in stressful environments will become sexually involved. Problems will range from jealousy to physical conflict.
This is just another attack by Democrats to destroy the greatest army on earth. First gays and now women. This is purposeful and destructive. I would not go into combat with women period! I don´t care what anyone thinks of this post I wouldn´t do it. It won´t be long before all the physical strength requirements will be revised downward to accomodate women. The result will be more combat deaths to be pc. It´s discusting what the Democrats are doing to this country!
The only reason that the liberals are able to run with such a ludicrous policy change is that only about 1% of the US population ever serves in the military these days. The percentage that make up the army and marine ground combat units that close with the enemy during ground combat is much less then that 1%. The rest of the about 99% of the population knows little about the military and it´s traditions, or the extreme hardships that marines and soldiers actually face and experience during sustained ground combat operations.
This may look good on paper in the liberal halls of the WH, Pentagon, ACLU, and college campi but being a Navy veteran of 20yrs I´m here tell you this will blow up the dopey liberal´s faces. How you might ask? The first time that ANY terrorist group gets their filthy hands on a female servicemember and uses her to either make her give it up(secrets folks not what your thinking)or tortures her to make some other captive spill the classifed beans. The blowback would make the above institutions rethink this ridiculous idea. Mark my words that will happen.
Dave Miceli doesn´t know me from a hole in the ground, but he´s my new hero. (Snip) "How dare you accuse, through implication or otherwise, that the need for ´better schools´ is a reason there is so much killing. I have taught in the Baltimore public school system for the past two decades. What we need is better students. They have trashed brand new computers, destroyed exit signs, set multiple fires, destroyed many, many lockers, stolen teachers´ school supplies, written their filth on the tops of classroom desks, defecated in the bathrooms and stairwells, assaulted teachers
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Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
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[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."