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Military and Society Threatened by Women in Combat

Mr Difar Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 8:16 AM
Sensible words. Thanks. Panetta doesn't agree. He must know better... mustn't he?

The first line of attack in political battles is language. Getting people to phrase things your way is the first step to getting them to think your way.

In the foggy mess of the debate over women in combat, you will see media references to a “ban” being “lifted.”

Bans are bad. Lifting bans is good. Therein lies the bias strangling this issue in the dominant media culture.

Am I “banned” from the women’s restrooms at work? No, I’m just not supposed to be in there, so that word doesn’t come up. The...