• Thu, Jan 24 2013

Secretary of Defense Set to Lift Ban on Women in Combat Roles

ap120509152506It’s been a rough week: we have witnessed our nation be torn apart by Beyoncé’s inaugural beytrayal, publishers have turned The Bell Jar into Sylvia Plath Jones’s Diaryand science said that high school left us more ruined than a society gal who gave her delicate maidenhood to a freewheeling townie. Much like Hillary, we were not having it.

Yet there appears to be some light at the end of this hellishly cold tunnel — according to NPR, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is lifting the 1994 rule that bars female soldiers from front-line positions. The move was recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and will be the largest expansion yet of women in ground combat roles.

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  • Lastango

    Supporters of this politically-motivated pander better do their cheering now, while it’s cheap and easy.

    The fiction that this will work can be floated because, for a very long time, we have only fought small-scale actions in which we have overwhelming superiority. Our troops operate from fixed bases, and our casualty rates are tiny compared to a “real” war like WWII or Korea.

    In the post, this bit is especially misleading: “Carey Lohrenz, a former Navy Lieutenant and one of the first women to fly F-14s on air craft carriers, called the news ‘fantastic.’”

    Of course Lohrenz thinks that. She’s a fighter pilot, not a grunt. During the entire Iraq war, up through 2010, we lost NO FIGHTER PLANES AT ALL to hostile fire, and only one A-10. (Anyone think that will be what happens if the Chinese come after Taiwan or the Japanese islands?)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aviation_shootdowns_and_accidents_during_the_Iraq_War