Saturday, January 22, 2011
Women soldiers not seen picking up combat arms soon
Political correctness will get you killed. All of the arguments about being more fair to minorities masks the real effect, namely more women will be getting killed or maimed on the battlefield. Don't be fooled, women are serving in combat support roles which is a meaningless term when your vehicle gets hit by an IED. Being behind combat lines doesn't mean crap when enemy artillery rounds or rockets hit your base.
"I think that there's a recognition that the time has come," said Nancy Campbell Duff, co-president of the National Women's Law Center. She said no legislation would be required for the Pentagon to start moving women into combat roles.
I don't know if Ms. Duff has served but her comments are those of someone who won't be going into combat themselves. We need to fully realize the price for all of this equality; more women will be maimed and killed. It is not how you win a war or keep the morale of your combat units high.
Women already serve with distinction in the US military. Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown won the Silver Star in 2008. Women soldiers and Marines have received bronze stars and purple hearts throughout Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Ms. Duff's proposal makes it sound as though women aren't being allowed to serve in combat. Then how did Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth lose both of her legs?
For those who may be unfamiliar with her story, Duckworth lost the lower part of both legs from injuries sustained on November 12, 2004, when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was hit by a rocket propelled grenade fired by Iraqi insurgents.
According to an account posted on Unofficial Arlington National Cemetery Website, the explosion "almost completely destroyed her right arm, breaking it in three places and tearing tissue from the back side of it." Duckworth received a Purple Heart on December 3, 2004.
Let's not get carried away with sound bytes, women veterans are serving in combat right now. The bigger question is how will a society that still judges women by their appearance treat battle-scarred women vets?