What is perhaps most striking about Secretary Panetta's action is that it reverses the combat exclusion policy that...
Put a woman on a men's basketball team and see if they do better. The situation we have right now is that we are the NBA in terms of equipment and training playing against high school teams. It wouldn't matter if we put a few WNBA players on the team, we would still beat the weak enemies we are facing. The test comes if we ever had to face another NBA team like China or Russia.
With little discussion or fanfare, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women in combat that has been in effect for as long as there has been a U.S. military. Feminists and some women serving in the military are applauding the move as a victory for equal rights. They claim that justice requires nothing short of opening all positions to females, regardless of the consequences to combat effectiveness, unit cohesion, or military readiness, factors whose importance they minimize in any event.
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