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Soldier Girl Blues

abewasarepub Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 8:31 AM
Women should not be in combat. You can train a female to fight, but she is still a woman. I struggled with full combat gear on long marches, and I was in good shape. How can the average female keep up with the men? My son, a Marine, was on an Army base for job training, and my wife and I spent time there visiting him. It was funny watching the females march with the men while they were carrying packs. The females marched sloppy while trying to keep up. What a joke. Can you imagine this while in a combat zone. Females are afraid of spiders and snakes along with many other critters. How can they survive in combat? The female frame and tiny voice does not strike fear in the enemy. The females are usually raped if captured by the enemy
Doug3370 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 10:07 AM
Getting raped is the least of the worries of an American taken POW by the Taliban. It's the getting beheaded that really sucks.

As to women being cowards, there are cowards of both sexes and brave hearts of both sexes. If, and it's an if, there are women who can handle the unmodified duties of line combat positions (bomber pilot, anyone?), using them in that role won't crater the military.
AZYaateeh Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 11:06 AM
Bomber pilot nowadays isn't really line combat. You're either making tiny dots light up or getting vaporized.

I would say cowardice is the wrong word, though; as G. K. Chesterton said (remember what 19th century death-in-childbirth rates were like), "Every person born is a laurel for the brows of a brave woman." Nevertheless, it almost always takes more discipline and training to get women to be willing to KILL PEOPLE; female primates are simply less aggressive. There was a damn good reason they never had female war-elephants in India.

What if, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had accused President Obama of wanting to let servicewomen serve in combat? After all, Obama had hinted as much in 2008. What would Obama's response have been?

My hunch is that he would have accused Romney of practicing the "politics of division" or some such and denied it.

In any case, wouldn't an open debate have been better than putting women into combat by fiat? You'd think the folks who are always clamoring for a "national conversation" on this, that and the other thing would prefer to make a sweeping change after, you...