Wednesday, January 23, 2013

US to Lift Combat Ban on Women

I'm sure the news will be followed by female soldiers declaring they are so ready.

Personally, I don't think this is the way to achieve so-called "gender equality", but that's how it goes under the president who just has had his "second coming", as Newsweek magazine calls it.

From Bloomberg News (1/23/2013):

Combat Ban on Women to Be Lifted, U.S. Defense Official Says

The U.S. Defense Department plans to lift its ban on women serving in direct combat roles, a Defense Department official said today.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made the decision to lift the ban on the recommendation of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to the official, who asked not to be identified in advance of a planned announcement. The Associated Press reported on the decision earlier today.


Darth 3.11 said...

Hate to say it, but equality on the battlefield is the final step to full equality in the workplace back in the States. Now, if only the USA wasn't so busy waging wars and used the military to repair things at home!

Anonymous said...

Darth, I disagree. Like it or not, men and women are physically constructed differently. They are not "equally" built. Having women in the combat scene will endanger male soldiers who will be compelled to cover for them. Women cannot run as fast as men, cannot carry weight as much as men. This is ridiculous and shameful.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:06PM, I am a woman and I agree. We are not built for war. Not physically or emotionally. Shameful indeed. We can become tigresses when protecting our young but warring is not in our nature.

Anonymous said...

It will not be 'equality', it never has been. The women will receive special straining, extra training, special conditions - i.e. lodging, showering, etc., etc. Int he 20 years my husband has been in the military I have seen countless women get ahead because of their sex. Readiness will be affected negatively even more. The U.S. is done being a super power, and the Obama administration is glad to put the nail in the coffin.

Anonymous said...

Hypocrisy of this administration is just sickening. Over the Connecticut school shooting, "Oh we must protect our children! Ban those guns! Gunowners are bad people! Mothers against guns! blah blah blah" And now they will send women, many of them mothers, to the front lines so that they can kill children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, soon Mali and Syria, Iran, maybe.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

In case you have not yet realized it, it should now be evident that Mr. Obama and his administration are evil.

Anonymous said...

> I am a woman and I agree. We are not built for war.

Perhaps, then, all soldiers should be female -> Problem solved.

Anonymous said...

I don't really understand why people are only attacking Obama's administration over this decision. Isn't this kind of thing what many feminists have been fighting for? They're getting what they want. Maybe now they'll realize that they were being protected from something negative.

I say this because I get the impression that many feminists often complain about male-only "privileges" that turn out to be nothing but terrible burdens. They just don't realize it until they've tried it themselves. I won't say "the grass is always greener", because I don't believe that always applies.

Anyhow, this is still only one small part of the big picture. "If everyone was female" this particular problem would be solved, but I'm certain that people would still fight over something else. We define ourselves by comparison, and no two people can be exactly the same, because they are not physically or mentally identical, nor do they occupy the exact same space.

I think a lot of these kinds of problems are also caused by humans refusing to come to terms with the limitations of their physical bodies. There can be "equality" to some extent, but arguing beyond that wastes everybody's time. There's a line to draw at what truly constitutes sexism, racism, etc.

Anonymous said...

There were and are still tribes of female warriors in Africa.
They like it, and men would hardly tame them.
Do'nt think they are backward : in developped countries there are gangs of girls that are terribly violent.
BTW remember that nice little lady of Abu Graib ?
Problem not solved

Anonymous said...

This shows how sick we've all become. Women deserve equality but not to be treated like cannon fodder.

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Anonymous said...

GOOD! Finally women in combat will be able to get the promotions they can't get otherwise. This isn't coming about because the government wants it, it is coming because female soldiers have requested it. In more than decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq many women served under fire. These same women have griped that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq essentially placed them on the front lines, without getting the combat credentials often needed for promotions. Women aren't going to be forced to serve in combat units and contrary to popular belief they will have to pass the exact same standards as their male counterparts.

As a matter of fact both of the women recently allowed in the Marine combat training course dropped out because they couldn't hack it. The few women who eventually make it through will have earned it, non- hackers will be weeded out early on.

NYUltrabuddha said...

Anon at 3:06, this one's for you - and actually for everyone else who commented on this story too:

NYUltraBuddha said...

Oh, and by the way, Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated combat soldiers of WWII was 5'5 and 110 pounds when he enlisted.

Anonymous said...

NYUltrabuddha, I think there are people who are simply disgusted and repulsed that women will be killing people - terrorists, women, children, whoever else - at the order of the government. It's not the matter of whether some female soldiers can carry male soldiers. (The link you gave didn't show any of them in full gear, though.)

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