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Soldier Girl Blues

Dave11130 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 1:39 PM
Secretary Panetta stated that women are integral in the armed forces, and he is correct. What he didn't say is how that makes our military more effective than it would be if the 12% females were replaced by an equal number of trained males.

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...