Of course, Panetta doesn't want to be grilled about his order. It's lacking in common sense and it is toadying to the feminist officers who yearn to be 3- and 4-star generals based on the feminist dogma of gender interchangeability and on their desire to force men...
I agree. I'm a 22-year veteran, and have no problem with FULLY QUALIFIED women in such positions. But in far too many instances, "equal" women were only equal based on differing standards. If a woman wants to function in a combat role, fine. She must adhere to the EXACT same standards as the men at who's side she will be fighting. Combat ops number one rule: you must be able to rely on the person next to you, as they must be able to rely on you.
In a newsworthy act of political cowardice, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta ran through the Pentagon's exit door as he announced he is striking down the 1994 Combat Exclusion Law. His timing means his successor, presumably Chuck Hagel, will inherit the task of defending the order to assign women to front-line military combat.
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