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Last Hoorah: Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

Verbivore Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 5:44 PM
can he do that? just like that? no national debate ad nauseum? no vote? no law passed? whats the point in a "ban" if one man can just "change it?" boom. So now we need mothers of toddlers to defend America? where have the men gone? Gone to wusses, everyone.

On his way out the door as Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta has lifted the ban on women serving in combat roles on the front lines of our wars. More from AP:

Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta's...

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