Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta never cared much for, or respected, the troops subordinate to him, but he loved him some of the perks, like the million-dollar private-jet commute to the megamillion-dollar California plantation he somehow acquired on a “public servant’s” salary. He couldn’t resist one last gut-punch to the troops on his way out the door: ordering all MOSes in all services open to women.
After all, sexual dimorphism in Homo Sapiens isn’t “settled science,” despite it having been evident in approximately one million years of pre-, proto- and early-human studies. Nope, it’s “culturally mediated.” Since 1970, we’ve been on a crusade to produce a New Warrior Woman that Trofim Lysenko himself would recognize.
Or, if you’re not buying what Lysenko so effectively sold to Stalin, here’s a quote from a retired Ranger and Infantry Command Sergeant Major, from this long thread at Socnet: “Congress and SECDEF can issues decrees and pass laws … but nothing they say or proclaim will cause a 110 pound female do more than sit on a 100 pound rucksack…”
Here are a few more links:
- J.D. Johannes, a veteran who has spent a lot of time downrange as an embedded reporter, calls for higher standards. Lots of luck with that; they will be lowered as required to make happy PowerPoint slides.
- In the Wall Street Journal, Marine combat veteran Ryan Smith makes some observations that the plump, sleek, sybaritic non-combat-veteran Panetta cannot: “Yes, a woman is as capable as a man of pulling a trigger. But the goal of our nation’s military is to fight and win wars. Before taking the drastic step of allowing women to serve in combat units, has the government considered whether introducing women into the above-described situation would have made my unit more or less combat effective?” The politically connected and ambitious Panetta performed national service during the Vietnam War as a deskbound intelligence officer, but did not go to Vietnam.
- This one is some months old but a good resource: combat engineer officer, and combat veteran, Katie Petronio gives her perspective on the demands of combat. It’s all worth reading, but here’s one quote: “For those who dictate policy, changing the current restrictions associated with women in the infantry may not seem significant to the way the Marine Corps operates. I vehemently disagree; this potential change will rock the foundation of our Corps for the worse and will weaken what has been since 1775 the world’s most lethal fighting force.”
Petronio is now probably terminal in her grade of major, despite her excellent record, because she dared to point out that the emperor has no clothes.