What is perhaps most striking about Secretary Panetta's action is that it reverses the combat exclusion policy that...
It's not only whether women would compromise the battlefield, it is about the roles of man and woman. For thousands of years, men have been on the front lines. Shakespeare puts it best about the sacrifices husbands make for their wives: "And for thy maintenance commits his body To painful labour both by sea and land, To watch the night in storms, the day in cold, Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe;"
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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