Speak Up for Women

Carol Platt Liebau

1/31/2013 10:26:54 AM - Carol Platt Liebau

National Review is right: The GOP should be speaking up about the dangers of the Pentagon's new politically-correct commitment to put women at the front lines of combat.

Hey, I get it: It seems like the Democrats and press were pretty successful at propagating the Obama campaign's meme of a Republican "War on Women" last year. I understand, also, that coming out against the move can seem "uncool" -- as if we're not hip to women's equality. And opposition requires the thankless task of explaining our reasons to what can oten seem like a distinterested public and hostile press.

But there are important reasons to go to the trouble of outlining the problems with this innocuous-seeming policy.  It will result in a military that is less effective at protecting America and projecting military strength. It will make the women in the armed forces less safe.  It will make the men in the armed services less safe.  As a result, one rational result would be that fewer people will want to join the armed forces.  It's just a bad idea.

And don't believe the fairy tales about how training standards won't be degraded.  Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness has set forth seven good reasons to believe that this push for "gender diversity" will result in the lowering of important standards.

It wouldn't hurt to remind everybody that the military is not a petri dish for social experimentation.  It's a place where we want Americans to be able to kill our enemies with the least risk to themselves.