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More Than an "Equal Rights" Issue

oneeye Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 4:57 AM
Another brilliant Obama administration initiative to increase the combat effectiveness of our enemies. The Israelis learned early on that their combat units with women were taking greater casualties. Nothing against the women. They were brave and capable. But the arab men would not surrender to womenl, so continued fighting when they would have surrendered to men. When your son or daughter is killed fighting in a mixed gender unit, remember that their politically correct military leaders, including the Commander in Chief, were accessories to their murder.

Amid all the predictable feminist cheering we will no doubt hear about the "barriers" in the military falling now that women can be assigned to fight in ground combat units, there should also be a place for some sober debate and consideration.  

There have long been reasons that women have been precluded from such assignments -- reasons that have nothing to do with invidious sexism.  Rather, they stem from the physical requirements of the job, and the imperative of keeping our soldiers safe.

Michael O'Hanlon, a well-respected military analyst at the Brookings Institution (and hardly a conservative), wrote a...