About the author: Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at ClashDaily.com and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.

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  • Todd

    Another stupid column by Giles.

    • Bulldog74

      Another stupid comment by Todd

    • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.lubben Eugene Lubben

      Screw Todd,,,,

      • wayne74467

        You go ahead Gene, I think I’ll pass on that.

      • Retired Marine

        Please don’t use that statement, you get Todd excited, and we really shouldn’t promote that….LOL

    • WellNowDear

      Todd, what is your point? What do you hope to accomplish by coming on here and making these comments?

      • Ron Obvious

        He just wants to see how many people he can stir up. He has no other point. I see these kinda of folks on these conservative blogs all the time, and they only come on them to piss folks off just for the giggles. They feel empowered by making stupid comments to get we conservatives torqued up. The best thing is to ignore them. If they don’t get folks to respond to their sophmoric plea for attention, they’ll likely go back to their own drivel sites.

    • http://blaze.com/ mathchopper

      Democrap, non-military libs sure are easy to spot, aren’t they?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.lubben Eugene Lubben

    EXCELLENT idea ,, I approve 100% !!

  • Deborah G

    He is 150% CORRECT. i AM A WOMAN , A LICENSED PSYCHOLIGIST. Women have a completely different set of values. We are designed as nurturer’s, care givers and are not biologically tuned to murder and meyham. How many violent crimes are committed by women? Very few. We do lack the mental makeup , physical strength and do not have the ability to kill somones else’s son and that’s how we mentally exist. It is a stupid idea, Not necassary like in Israel where there is a limited population. Woman can be Pilots, communication experts, Strategy experts, language support. medical etc there is no end of how they can serve but front lines? I wouldn’t want to be a guy worrying if some Islamic terrorist is going to rape, mutilate and kill the person that is supposed to be at my back.

    • lisaphil

      Absolutely correct. Nor would I want to be the wounded warrior hoping my female buddy would be strong enough to carry me to safety. Also, men tend to compete with each other in the presence of women, rather than bond. That’s just the way the male brain is wired. There are all kinds of psychological twists to interfere with the cohesiveness necessary for brothers on the front lines.

    • doctorbob

      You’re absolutely right, Deborah. Little boys grow up playing violent games, competitive games. We “shoot” each other with cap guns. We wrestle. We play football and “wipe out” the other side. We like guns. And knives. We go on and study Karate and learn 39 different ways to kill a man in 2 seconds. Women, for the MOST part, simply don’t have that background. You do find a rare exception here or there, but they are considered “abnormal” by other girls – and guys, too! Combat is a BRUTAL environment. Absolutely primordially SAVAGE. You kill or be killed, with a variety of weapons. Could a woman cut out the guts of a guy with her knife? Would the enemy be cooperative and be patient with her while she tries? Very, very few women could survive or thrive in that sort of arena. And, unmentioned is, what sort of role will they play in a squad? Can they carry a heavy machine gun? (A 50 caliber with tripod weighs over 100 pounds. Will she carry that? A mortar plate is like carrying a manhole cover. Where is the woman who can carry it 20 miles without rest? That job always goes to the BIGGEST, STRONGEST guy in the squad. But, what if the squad is all females? And, what will happen (GUARANTEED) if she is captured by the Muslim enemy? She will be raped… and raped… and beaten… and raped… and beaten… and raped some more. There is an excellent chance that it will end with her having her head cut off while she is still alive. She MIGHT even be desecrated, her vagina cut out, her breasts cut off WHILE SHE IS ALIVE! Now, what woman can face something like that? It’s unspeakable for a man to go into that. For a woman, I say it’s going to be IMPOSSIBLE! I most certainly would not want my granddaughters to go through any of this! It’s why I served, so they wouldn’t have to! – SSG, US Army, Vietnam

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

        Thanks for your service, sir, but might I respectfully point out that every point you have made about women not serving on the front lines is moot?
        What you have described is exactly what women, whether they were soldiers or not–more not than the other, have been suffering for centuries upon centuries! In every war, it has been the women and children who have borne the brunt of the enemy’s wrath—not the soldier—the ones at home, where they are supposed to be safe!
        Read some of the stories about Catholic Nuns who were captured by the Japs in WWII—makes some of your scenarios look pale! The Germans did the same thing, make no mistake, to Jewish women. Look back in history—who were the greatest victims? Women! Then came children because they’re just little and defenseless!
        I say train the women soldiers for jobs behind the lines, there are many, I am sure, but by all means train them well in the use of weapons! The enemy doesn’t care if it is a man or woman before them—and they think women are “nothing people,” and are easy targets! Fix it so the ladies can show them who is boss!

    • Jaego

      Women are not therefore more moral than men – just more cautious. They get men to do their killing for them for the most part – though that is changing. The rest of the time, they employ extreme emotional violence. Caring? For their children, yes. But for men? When the Titanic sank, they wouldn’t even row back to pick up men in the water – men who had given them their seats in the lifeboats.

      • CalMom

        I hope you haven’t taken your ideas of the Titanic tragedy wholly from the Hollywood movie version? Doing some research on culturally and historically relevant information from that time period may help you to be better informed.
        And, yes, those were men of great honor.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

      BULLFROGS!
      You might be a licensed psychologist, but you do know that psychology is considered a “peusdo science” by medical doctors and researchers don’t you? In fact, not even the mainline scientists want them. This is EXACTLY why I left the field! All sorts of book learning, but nothing that has any concreteness to it.
      However, I do agree with your thought about women serving in other ways, even up towards the front lines.
      However, the best way to settle the argument is to destroy the enemy, wherever he might be, completely and totally, so he can never rise again!

  • suz

    As a woman I think Giles hit the nail on the head. What about the capture of a woman and beheaded on the news. This seems to be their thing to do. We have to get this muslim out of the white house and only than will our military beable to fight the fight. If Hollywood says we shouldn’t do water boarding etc. Than lets start drafting Clooney. Baldwins, etc. to go over there and talk to them gently. I thought these people loved us isn’t that what the Kool aid president kept telling us he was going to change their attitude towards us. I guess he’s not doing his job again. Only change I’ve see is in my pockets.

    • WellNowDear

      Yep, they will do that if she survives being brutally raped about fifty times.

      • FLBuck

        If the women are captured with a combat arms unit, you can rest assured that the enemy personnel will pass her around like she was a bag of chips. In other words, they’ll turn her into a human toilet.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

        Might I point out that has already happened to an American woman! Don’t forget the female helicopter pilot that was shot down and captured during Desert Storm! She endured some pretty horrible rapes, beatings and other savagry, but, according to her, she came through a better person. She was more concerned about an American Army Sergeant who was captured at the same time as she, but had two broken arms, which were NOT treated by the Iragis! She said what that man went through was far worse than what she did, I don’t see how, but, that is what she claimed.

        • WellNowDear

          That’s because she was a caregiver. Military training does not affect a woman in the same way as a man. Her training will enhance her natural drive to take care of other people. The pilot cared more for her male counterpart than she did for herself. I admire her strength and determination.

    • felix1999

      Just read the story written BY Jessica Lynch for what happened to her. NO caring human being would want that happening to ANY U.S. female.

      • Rattlerjake

        Let’s also not forget that Lynch and her group took a wrong turn and drove straight into the enemy. The government and media spend all their time talking about the first woman POW, this woman deserves no recognition other than maybe for stupidity. Yet the thousands of men fighting and dying received little if any praise. Women in the military (other than admin and medical) was a bad idea from the start, and now in combat and in Special Ops units. I say if this is what they want, put them all on the front line, after the first fire fight you’ll see just what affect it has on this country and our armed forces. If nothing else it will get rid of some of these women that want to be men!

        • Janice Lowe

          I totally agree……They signed up for military duty…so serve!!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

          The Lynch situation was the fault of the senior officers NOT having the proper maps to give to the troops. Also, the main groups ran off and left these people, WITHOUT, I might add, enough ammunition to protect themselves! Don’t forget the Arizona Hopi, Piestra, who fought until she ran out of bullets, and was killed. There were other Americans who were killed, too—but none of them have ever been mentioned. There was another woman, a lovely black lady, Sergeant Johnson, who was a single mom, and she was in that situation, too! Last I heard of her, she had gone back to Iraq!
          As for Lynch, while she had a horrible experience, I have NO respect for her because she has used her military time only to promote herself, and to make fun of her comrades in arms! She is a disgrace to the service, and all veterans!

          • Sandra Lee Smith

            Army’s been having “navigation problems” for decades; you’d think they’d have got that by now…. My Dad the Navy pilot used to hate having to go find Army pilots and lead them home, back in WWII, and once at least, they sent a whole squadron of bombers up with ONE navigator in the lot; who was killed before the mission even really started, and they lost a lot of “lost” planes and crews on that mission… I guess they don’t learn!

        • sanysue

          ratterlerjake, you are a male chavinst. are u a vet??. a woman soldier is as strong emotionelly and as well trained as male soldiers.. a woman can adept physically as well as any male. women are not as strong phisically but they are willing to fight just as hard as a man and have your back if needed. no one knows what to expect in their first fire fight, men or women. i personelly think u should be put on the front line in front of our troops. there were more people in that vehicle than jessica lynch, why arent u blaming the guys with her??

          • Rattlerjake

            For your information, you pathetic b*tch, I served 23 years in Special Forces, spent in overt and covert operations, and worked with soldiers in 30 different countries, trained other US units as well as law enforcement is small unit tactics, survival, airborne ops, mountaineering, weapons marksmanship, and close quarters battle, to name a few. During all of my interactions with these units and organizations my experience and noted by fellow soldiers was that women are NOT physically or emotionally equal to a man, at all. Male chauvinist? Not hardly, I simply refuse to be politically correct so women will feel good about being in jobs they have no business in and can’t do. You, on the other hand, are a typical feminist; labeling anyone who disagrees with your view. More than once I’ve been ‘on the front’ line and did it well. The reason for the negativity toward Lynch is because she’s done nothing to deserve the notoriety/celebrity she’s received, while soldiers doing their job or dying for their country receive minimal recognition. I might also point out, it was personnel from Special Forces who risked their lives to rescue her sorry ass.
            And in your case, sanysue, looks like women don’t spell too well either, (Ratterlerjake, chavinst, emotionelly, adept, phisically, personelly ????) so much for being as smart as men!

          • TexasLady

            I am an army “brat”. My dad served 33 years; is buried at Arlington National, and raised me to handle a fire arm, love my God and my country. When I bleed, it is red, white and blue. I would give my life for my country to defend her today! But, I am not physically fit to carry an 80 lb. pack 24/7, have PMS on the battlefield, and withstand war in all its horrors, any more than a man can have a baby! If backed into a corner. like Israel? ..yeah, let them fight, train them to fight when necessary…but, just like gays in the military…let them have supporting roles where their comrade in arms have to fight the real fight. Oh, and yeah, add Whoopie the Goldberg to the list!

          • Rattlerjake

            Nice to hear an honest and sensible reply from a woman!

          • $38340889

            You just explained why you didn’t enlist. So what about the women who can do what you can’t. For example, I can lift and carry the deadweight of one of my male friends without basic training and without the adrenaline of battle. Imagine what a woman who’s been through basic training, who’s way more muscly than I could ever hope to be, and who’s in the heat of battle could do. As for PMS, that’s just a bullsh*t excuse.

          • Sandra Lee Smith

            Thank-you for your service, Rattlerjake.. Don’t mind sanysue; she sounds like one of those “feminazis” who don’t get that women CAN fight if necessary, and should be prepared to, but NOT go looking for it!! I have to wonder if she’s ever been anywhere close to a firefight….

          • $38340889

            You could’ve said all of that without saying “pathetic b*tch.” Just saying.

          • nmgene

            Sure they can fight, can they do what a man can do NO. The men in there group will either be trying to get in her pants or wont be paying attention while trying to protect her. A woman being captured will be raped multiple times and completely be destroyed mentally before being killed. The muslims will put it all on utube so the world can see!!!!!

      • sanysue

        i also read jessica lynch’s book when it first came out. i agree with u nancy to a point. except i was raised to beleive keep the war in their country not in the us. i was raised by a military father, and he always said he loved this country and thats why he fought in forgein countries.what do u think those animals will do if we end up fighting them here? it will be horrendous.. females love this country and are willing to sacrefice their lives just like men.. my sister and i both tried to go in the air force yrs ago. . we both wanted military careers as we still beleive like our dad. i dont want that type of murder to be done to any american, male or female. my dad is my hero and so are the men and women that give their time, families and their lives for us.. i would rather fight there than in the streets of AMERICA.

    • felix1999

      Let’s draft the Obama girls!

      • DenverKitty

        Nancy, you just earned “Comment of the Day!”. Gratz!!

      • sanysue

        as soon as they’re 18 put them on the front line. good one nancy

    • Robby777

      His pockets also…

  • rightandright

    Right on Doug,all these so-called experts will stop at nothing to weaken this country and in particular,what used to be the greatest military in the world. And so our clown,fraud, dopehead, muzzie prez continues his social experiment for our doom. While the’re at, step up heavy purse production. Lock up this whole f—ing regime now!

  • rob

    NO way

  • tampapatriot

    Giles – you had me until you last insulting, insensitive statement. Those of the male gender are NOT boys – they are MEN. The females willing to fight are NOT GIRLS, they are very strong, patriotic WOMEN! ! !
    So boy, wake up and stop insulting my gender.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-L-Sparks/683232718 Steven L Sparks

      Oh I thought your name was tampaxpatriot!

      • Keenan Lee

        Lol, I’m sorry but that’s funny.

    • Richard

      Good grief. What man took offense when she said, “Hello, boys – why don’t you come up and see me some time?”

    • WellNowDear

      I attended a graduation years ago in Ft Leonard Wood. What I saw coming out of that Army basic training was girls. Slender, very feminine young girls. They did not look like soldiers. I saw young men who were little more than boys. They seemed to young to be fighting a war. I have met some of them who have come back from a tour in Iraq and they look like fractured children. The age should be raised.
      My family has supplied warriors for the United States for many generations, including the current one so I am not a stranger to all this. I do not consider the opinion above to be an insult. He is simply being honest. I agree with his opinion.

    • barto

      tampapatriot or is is tampax, Giles is not insulting your gender, merely stating facts!

    • http://blaze.com/ mathchopper

      What does pronouns agreeing with nouns hafta do with women in combat?

  • ItalianScallion

    This is all the radical hippie agenda from the 60″s.

    • felix1999

      No. Obama is a FOREIGNER. Obama’s goal is to DESTROY our country and have our military be impotent -financially and morally. This has NOTHING to do with the 60′s. For example, Obama’s latest desire is to CUT MILITARY BENEFITS. So now we have the military at odds with the FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. Why does Obama approve of the MILITARY SPENDING GOING DANGEROUSLY DOWN and OFFER RAISES to FEDERAL EMPLOYEES?

      • Dark Patriot

        Jimmy did the same thing. He said that we enlisted were going to be a statement. Nobdy asked us. We got 7.0%. Federal employees got above 20%. Then I was asked to reenlist. That didn’t happen.

      • Rattlerjake

        Foreigner or not, he was a dope smoking 60′s/70′s radical. The Hippie movement was all about disrespecting the military and coddling the “love not war” civilians.

      • WellNowDear

        That’s because military are more likely to vote Republican. It’s that simple. Democrats believe in buying votes.

  • Ligea

    As a woman with establishment principles, a family history of men in the military and a pastor who is retired military, I have to tell you that this is the worst idea EVER. Allowing women in the military in the first place outside of administration was a terrible idea, and I don’t mean we don’t have the spirit to destroy the enemy. You can be sure I have no qualms in annihilating the enemy until not one remains (as the Lord did to the Assyrians at the gates of Labneh killing all of them in one night). Everything you pointed out is right on. From the fact that we are not emotionally the same to the fact that we are not as strong are all excellent points, but I would take #3 a step further. Women in combat are a total distraction to the rest of the unit and have a high probability of compromising their effectiveness. It has been explained to me many times over how male soldiers bond during military training, allowing them to perform as a cohesive unit and rely on each other under the stress of combat conditions. If our women could set aside their arrogance and lust to usurp the establishment authority system set up by God, they would realize that their presence in the military puts our male soldiers at risk. We have no business joining the military for these reasons. Just like there is no degradation in functioning under the man as the authority in marriage, there is no degradation in staying out of the military. If we could stop being so self-absorbed and put the needs of our men in combat first, we’d find other ways to support the fight and let our men get on with their business without us distracting them. (and woe to the enemy who somehow pushes through the lines to face the females protecting the home front.)

    • Richard

      Thank you, Ligea. So very true!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

        Stupid name, stupid rant, stupid lady—I suppose you are a lady, sure can’t tell if you are—sounds more like a man trying to put women back on the back burner—again!

    • http://blaze.com/ mathchopper

      What’s this “worst” idea crap? To me, right up there with gun control, It’s a very sane idea if the intent is to destroy our country. You all gotta get off the idea that O’Bummer’s intent is to do what’s best for the USA.

    • Sue

      This is Israeli, 2 years mandatory service for men & women. Not knocking Israel it’s just not America. The scanners in airports are from there too. I would imagine the end result will be the same compulsory 2 year service for men and women.

    • Sandra Lee Smith

      Women die by the sword, whether they choose to pick one up and fight or not. Your words are foolish and unrealistic. Women can’t stay “out” of the fighting,when there are no clearly defined front lines any more, and “being a lady” can get you killed JUST as dead; at least if you FIGHT for your life, This your death isn’t a vain waste! Women have been caught in warfare and slaughters for millenia; and died in them. If you’d like to be just another dead statistic, be my guest; I don’t intend to go down that easily. I served in our military and took an oath over 40 years ago that has yet to expire. I didn’t serve as a combatant, except against an enemy called “death”, but even that is war! It’s not about “seeking power” necessarily, except for a minority. But even Jesus told His disciples to go out and buy swords; I don’t think He said that just to the men. My mother also served during WWII, as did her sister, not in “combat” positions, my mother was also a nurse, and my aunt did work for the Corps that freed up a man for the combat! Women have been serving in uniform for well over a century, honorably, and well, without usurping anything or any arrogance involved.

      • KroekerMom

        If someone attacks my country, my state, or especially my home, I will defend it like every man would. I have worked to have skills to do so. This includes not only weapons training, but also mindset and strategy. This does not mean that it makes sense to send me overseas to the front line. That would be bad for the men and for me. It would especially harm families. The woman defend the homefront while the men take care of the distant dirty work.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

          Yes. If the American women had not stepped up to do defense work, the war would have been lost before it even started for us! The enemy thought we couldn’t do it—they learned differently the hard way!
          AND—
          We did it before, and we can do it again!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

        Now, HERE is a woman I can honestly say I respect!
        She is a hero as much as Betty Zane, Betsy Ross, or Clara Barton!
        You go, girl!

        • Sandra Lee Smith

          Thank-you for the compliment.

    • KroekerMom

      I think the distractions are the most significant issue. A woman being in the unit causes a degradation in the bonding, a sexual distraction, and endangers the men because they are so distracted trying to protect the women. They will do stupid things that they shouldn’t to prevent the death or capture of a woman because it is their nature. Of course physical strength, housing arrangements, hygeine, and pregnancy are also significant.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

      Such whiney, asinine, sissified drivel!
      Surely you don’t really believe that?
      Our American women heroes are whirling in their graves!

  • danclamage

    When I was in the Marines attending Aeronautical Engineering training at Chanute AFB, there was a Woman Marine (BAM) who had just completed the Amphibious Assault training school. She had passed with flying colors and earned the respect and admiration of her fellow male Marines. She was a big, tough broad, who likely would be able to pull a 250lb pilot from the cockpit of a burning F-4 (yes this was 1983).
    Then her CO realized she was a woman and shipped her off for retraining.
    I believe this was an early experiment with WICA (women in combat arms). While successful, Marine Corps leadership recognizes most Women Marines aren’t built like her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.lubben Eugene Lubben

    Great idea put a babe in the fox hole to keep a solider warm at night ,,,,,,

    • Uncle Sam’s Misguided Child

      Hey idiot do your history reach and learn how many resistance units were wiped out in WWII because of that kind of thinking. Major reason to segergate the units if you are going to put women in harms way.
      I have seen some of those big dikes I would not want to mess with. No offence ment.

    • Rattlerjake

      Hate to tell you, but the babe’s are always assigned to drive the commander or do the admin/staff jobs (Jessica Lynch was a supply specialist) so the officers can look at them. You’re likely to get that dumpy, fugly, mangirl in your foxhole. :^)

      • DenverKitty

        OMG. I cannot believe that men are already fighting about who looks like what in a foxhole. Grow up!!

        • Rattlerjake

          Oh lighten up. Obviously you don’t understand sarcasm. Of course you’re a women, so that figures.

        • doctorbob

          Kitty, thanks for demonstrating that you can’t even carry on a conversation with men. If that’s the case, HOW do you think you’re going to carry your load in a line infantry unit? You will be divisive, confrontational, petulant, and NOT fit into the function and role of the unit. You prove our case!

  • Twitch

    He’s correct and what he hasn’t mentioned is the effect that this wil have on the guys. We men tend not to think very rationally when it comes to women, particularly when they’re in danger. It’s just how we’re wired.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

      Yep. There are stories from the Korean War about entire regiments made up of women that the North Koreans and Chinese put up against the Americans and other UN soldiers. There were a lot of Americans who died for the silly reason they were fighting women! That soon changed, and the bones of many a North Korean woman soldier are still on the battlefield!

  • Tom Cook

    Yes, of course it is a bad idea, just like all of the “ideas” that obongo and the liberals have. Liberals have a genetic makeup which forces them to think wrongly–they cannot help it, and the best thing for everyone would be frontal lobotomies for anyone exhibiting liberal tendencies; they could then take the place of the Downs Syndrome workers at McDonald’s freeing them up to serve in strategic government positions in place of the liberals thereby making government more efficient and less dangerous to Americans.

    • Uncle Sam’s Misguided Child

      Those people with downs syndrome at least get out there and try. Do You?

  • Mustang

    The article Is spot on. Todd you obviously never have served in the US Army or Marine Corps.

  • GMA213

    Women in combat is more stupid socialist social engineering for NO GOOD REASON.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-L-Sparks/683232718 Steven L Sparks

    Im ok with hillary, rosie o’donnell, difi and a few other select women placed in a combat role but thats about it. When they are gone, we should pull out and fight wars that are actually in defence of our nation rather than empire building.

  • Retired Marine

    Send obama, hell send them both to any war, please. Moochelle would have to learn how to live without lobster and a chef. They will have their prayer rugs to sleep on however. They can both have REAL assault rifles, you know, fully automatic. I am sure their preference would be the AK-47, as he is used to these, being from kenya. Moochelle could even join with the bayhar group, add whoopi and oprah, and islam would be defeated in a fast second. Send biden and the boehner with, one would laugh hysterically and the other could cry and lie, both are crazy as loons and should fit nicely with barak and moochelle. I also think guns should be banned for the FBI, Secret Service, Homland insecurity, the Department of Injustice, ICE, Marshall’s service, IRS, Post Office, and liberal leaning police and sheriff’s departments. Ok libtards, ready for your idiotic responses, I always like a good laugh from the insane.

  • http://facebook.com/bruce.feher Bruce Feher

    Wait! This will turn out to be one of the biggest mistakes EVER!!!!!

    • sam

      This seems to be the day and age were we reward bad ideas. How many CEO’s bankrupt their companies but get a golden parachute package.

  • Bulldog74

    I’m sure that there are guys in their 40s and 50s who could make it through basic training or boot camp, but the military is still smart enough to have age limits on recruiting.

    I’m in great shape for my age, but I could just see myself hoofing it through the mountains of Afghanistan with a platoon of nineteen and twenty-somethings…”uh, guys, my back’s all stiff and my knees are acting up again, could someone grab my gear for me?”

  • WellNowDear

    The MOS of all women in combat areas should be in a medical capacity. Women are the most suited for care giving functions. That is not to say that women can not effectively defend. It is just saying that the military should utilize the gifts that are naturally present in individuals. That is not to say that a woman can not endure rugged conditions and pace herself on lengthy marches. I know about this because I am a woman and could outrun the average 20 year old man when I was 35. They started out ahead but, I finished before them.

    • Jaego

      Interesting point since the Special Forces have found that small/medium size men do much better than big. They’re stronger pound for pound, have more endurance, and recover quicker. But they are also much stronger than women pound for pound. Women excel at distance running yet the best men still beat them. And in combat, you would be carrying far more than just your body weight.
      But yes some women could do it: our Enemies have fielded some crack female guerillas and snipers. And of course many women have fought defending their homes. In pioneer days, they stood side by side with men as they fought against Indians.

      • WellNowDear

        What I didn’t add was that even though I could run farther, I was not match against my male counterparts in swimming or lifting. Their superior upper body strength was amazing. With age they would have learned to pace themselves just like I did. Women should never be in combat. Women are not suited for it in any way.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    “…Certain acts of warfare are Biblically justified…. His law requires every able Israelite man, twenty years and older, to prepare for armed service:

    ‘…Yahweh spake unto Moses …saying, Take ye … from twenty years old and upward, all [men] that are able to go forth to war in Israel … number them by their armies.’ (Numbers 1:1-3)

    “This describes an autonomous militia, not a national standing army, national service, or military draft. Under King Saul, ancient Israel gave up this autonomy for a centralized standing army. The Constitutional Republic’s standing army is part of the curse Yahweh warned the Israelites would accompany their enthronement of an earthly, human king:

    ‘…This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.’ (1 Samuel 8:11-12)

    “Our young men and women have been taken and often sacrificed by today’s military industrial complex. United States citizens are financing the destruction of their own sons and daughters in ungodly conflicts….”

    For more, see online Chapter 4 “Article 1: Legislative Usurpation” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt4.html. Also, don’t miss our Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar by which you can receive a free 85-page book.

    • Lisahart

      Amen, I don’t want my daughter involved in an ungodly war

      • Jaego

        So if not your daughter, why would you want you son to do so? Amazing how people see men as just the throw away sex.
        I’m against women in combat too, but if Feminists don’t stop tormenting us, I can only say it’s Just for women to be drafted. One sex can’t expect all the goodies and to take none of the pain.
        And yes, Gay Male Officers will put enormous sexual pressure on straight enlisted men. Soon it might start to become a gay profession like hair dressing or being a priest.

        • Truth Seeker

          Women should uphold households, keep homes, rear children and leave fighting for men. There is not a more honorable thing for a women to do than those things.

          Sodomite officers should repent or be executed. I may have been extremely to honest here.

  • Camden

    Probably if the women were built like Russian Female Summer Olympic Games athletes, it wouldn’t be a problem… heck they would probably have more testosterone than most of the soy milk decaf Starbucks wimps nowadays. I just see a lot of sexual harrasment/discrimination lawsuits coming from this, which will ruin many a good soldier and bog down the JAG… Probably another part of their plan to further weaken the U.S. and her military…

  • http://blaze.com/ mathchopper

    I have no problem with women in combat if… they are required to kill with a machine rather than with their bodies, such as… an F-16, F-18, A-10 etc. I believe it has been proved that a small female fighter pilot can fly beyond the limit of the best small male fighter pilot.

  • rowleya

    Gov does not want Crazy people to have assault guns.

  • WellNowDear

    Combat does enough emotional damage on men who are naturally designed to be warriors. Can you imagine the trauma it would cause a woman to have to kill. It is completely against our nature. Yes, a woman can be the most vicious, violent creature in this world when she is protecting her child. She will even later be proud of her strength. But, was is a completely different matter. My experience is that she will sacrifice herself for the men in the unit and assume a care giving role with them. The men in turn will bond to her and try to protect her. This is just the way healthy people behave. Even army training can not erase that nature. Where sex is concerned, all bets are off.

  • cherokee_warrior

    Some just mentioned the hygenic problem that women have each month. Would not the taking of birth control pills prevent that monthly occurance? If so, then, that challenge resolved.
    And the ‘challenge’ that women may not have the aptitude for battle, look into history for those women of the past, who stood side by side with men, fighting for our freedom from tyrany. The decendents of those women can side by side once more, fighting tyrany, both abroad, and here in the USA, should that need to be done. Remember that the gentle woman, just like the gentle female animal, can turn into a fighting machine. Watch a mother cat defend her litter of kittens. Watch a mare with a nursing foal, defend that foal from cougars, with tooth and hoof. Mild mannered Lois Lane can turn into Superwoman.

    • RedStateKitty

      Obviously you’ve not lived with women. Your monthlies don’t cease with taking the birth control pill, they become regular — every 28 days. Because of that ignorant statement I didn’t even read the rest of your silly comment.

      • cherokee_warrior

        Perhaps you should do some research yourself. I have, and the articles that I have read on the internet have all stated that women can use birth control pills, by continuous use, not skipping days, stop ovulation, thus stopping monthly periods. http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/features/no-more-periods
        By the way, I have been married to the same woman for over 50 years, and when she was younger, she used birth control pills and so long as she took the
        pill every day, she never had periods.

  • gwedem5995

    Some day maybe our country will only be protected by gays and women. Kind of scary huh. And I am not for a minute saying that gay people are not fully qualified but one day no other man will want to serve.

  • bradybunch

    Why be sexist in the torture of our enemies? How about Michael Moore in a Speedo showing all of his movies on a perpetual loop?

  • begining

    Our leader is a Muslin and now the military has adopted the eastern way, which is no respect for women , other than pleasure, or strap bombs to them.

  • tedthebear

    You have to remember Jessica Lynch and the administrations and the medias attempt to make a “hero” out of her. This policy has been in the works for a long time. Thank God Jessica is as honest as the day is long and told the truth about what happened. The women who pushed this policy are the Bella Abzug types who are too old and ugly to get in the military. Any woman or man who is in favor of this policy has never seen combat or even been in a combat zone.
    Msgt, Ret

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

      Honest? That woman doesn’t know the meaning of the word!

  • paco12348

    All of us have read about the Black Americans that were put into their own troop so they wouldn’t be mixed with Whites and the Whites feared a Black man with a gun.
    Why not have an all woman unit? That way the weak kneed men in the unit wouldn’t be afraid to compete with the women. Let’s face it. A lot of men in America are still long armed, tongue lolling Neanderthals where sex is concerned. See woman, have sex.
    I bet an all woman defense unit would be more deadly than any all male unit. Women are born with an instinct to protect their families and that is what war is and women would excel.

  • http://twitter.com/debraraes debra steinman

    I am a woman, and a honorably discharged veteran. And I have serious concerns about women serving in combat positions.

    What if the woman is a single mother with no one else to take care of her kids … if anything happens to her?

    What if the woman is married with children, and her husband also serves? What happens to the child if there is no one else to take care of them, and both parents are killed?

    Will the woman be subject to the same physical standards, as for male members of the infantry? If not, how can her fellow soldiers trust her to do her job? How can her fellow soldiers trust her with their lives?

    People cheering this decision, shouldn’t be cheering this decision until these concerns are answered.

    • dHb

      OMG Debra, what if, what if, what if … life is full of inaction and missed opportunities because of all the what ifers. There are lots of women that have weighed all the possible what ifs and have decided they want to be in combat and I say let them.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

        The American Indians had what they called “Warrior Women,” and those women could fight and count coup along with the men if they so chose. It wasn’t a mandantory thing for them to fight, nor was it mandantory for them to just stay home—it was an individual choice, apparently, and the men respected that choice.

    • southerner15

      Debra, as you state you are a veteran, you know that Soldiers have to have a Family Care Plan. No plan, bye bye.

      • DenverKitty

        “Family Care Plan” my a$$. Do you have any idea of how many of us (military women) LIED for the first 16 years of our military commitments? And then prayed? Got “lucky” with babysitters during deployments? Give me a break.

        • southerner15

          So, for 16 years you didn’t get caught. What happened at the 16 year mark?

  • got243kids

    Let’s tally this up;

    Reversal of don’t ask don’t tell.
    The systematic character destruction and/or dismissal of decorated Command personnel.
    Suspension of pay increase.
    Freeze on promotion.
    Litmus for re-enlistment; Will you fire on Americans? and now;

    the lifting of the ban on women in combat roles…..

    The Executive Wolf wouldn’t be deliberately undermining our military in the face of Iranian nuclear proliferation would he?

    And while he’s at it… relentlessly attack the second amendment and disarm the American citizen….. I think the flies that land on his face and the rats that run around his podium are telling us something…. What is that smell?

  • felix1999

    People who advocate women in combat positions must really HATE women. Jessia Lynch is an EXAMPLE of why we don’t want that. If you believe women enjoy being RAPED and beaten, then I understand why you support it. If you also believe that the ENEMY will help women when that, ah time of the month rolls around and offer them dignity and respect, you’re out of your mind. If they survive the abuse they will be pregnant with the baby of their enemy – very unhealthy situation. Women are NOT men. They are not interchangable parts. Women have NO BUSINESS in COMBAT POSTIONS!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

      Jessica Lynch has NO honor as far as I am concerned! It was what she did AFTER she was rescued that turned me against her!
      Refused to meet with the Iraqi doctor who tipped the Spec Ops group where she was, to thank him. Has taken advantage of every chance to make herself rich and even richer off the accolades of her admiring public, and even puts down the efforts of her fellow soldiers in the battle!
      She ranks up there with John Kerry in my book!

  • IllinoisHostage

    There is absolutely no difference between men and women. Except that men are less intelligent. irresponsible, lazy, single minded and sexist. Especially the middle aged and older white guys. Oh, and conservative minority guys, except the black guys they’re fools, cornball brothers or uncle toms……Oh yeah and conservative women there just plain stupid. And don’t get me started on those religious idiots. Can’t we just send send everyone somewhere to educate them how things really are in the world? Somewhere they can be shown the enlightened progressive truth. Like college! yeah, we should figure a way to get everyone an affordable college indoctrination, I mean education.

    • dHb

      LOL, good commentary Hostage

    • arley_barley

      To be morphed into a person, akin to what you display, here, NO THANK-YOU, sir, or mam. whatever….. We, the last of the Dinosaurs of Residual Chivalry, in Christian Love, Refuse.

  • Brian_R_Allen

    Ten per cent of the women in the US Military fell pregnant last year. Put a woman in combat with a bunch of testosterone-charged young men on a steady adrenaline diet and unit cohesion will be instantly shot and in most every skirmish the guy who’s “won” her gonna get the first spare round — or eight — and she’ll get the next!

  • TPS12

    Although the service is currently all voluntary you never know when that can change that is why men at 18 must still sign up with selective service (the draft). Now that woman will be on the front line the next step will be to have them sigh up at 18 as well. Is this the change we were looking for having our daughters and granddaughters signing up for the possibility of war? As the father of a son and three daughters I know it’s not the change I’m looking for.

  • dlgmex

    Of course, women have always
    served in combat, not however, on the front lines with a rifle in hand, perhaps
    a gun or two, or perhaps Panetta envisions a “new” version of the camp follower
    role?

  • James Maxwell

    The above mentioned “ladies” would have a determental effect on our troops probably
    as bad as they would effect the enemy. I remember when they first assigned women
    to work in my unit overseas. It was a cultural shock to the troops and to the women
    assigned to be with us. They were well trained and could do the work quite well.
    They also suffer because we were in Turkey. Fortunately the Turks were not as
    fanitical about women as other muslim, but the did frown upon some of the clothing
    that women enjoyed wearing in the 60′s.

  • Ron Obvious

    Good job on this one Doug! All I can say, is watch the movie “Tears in the Sun”, if you want an ideal of what to expect in the way of torture of our women captured by our enemies. Does anyone remember what happened to the German journalist just before the Afghanistan campaign? I won’t go into the graphic details but what they did to her was horrible. Look at Bosnia and what the Muslims did to the women of their enemies… Rape is standard operating procedure for Muslims, and we are not talking about a single rape, but rather gang rapes. I guess government funded abortions will come in handy here! Yes, men can and sometimes are raped as well, but the difference is there are no rape babies possible with men. As far as women in fighter planes or helicopters, other than being shot down, I don’t have an issue with that either. Tanks pose another problem, unless the women are able to lift more than the average woman, so they can help in repairing the tanks when they break down. Again, the average woman lacks the phsyical strength compared to the average male solider/marine/salior/airman, but of course there are those weak males that compared to an above average strong woman are the exceptions to the rule. And lets see a new face on PDSS! I can’t wait to women come back after being in combat and start show flashbacks to combat! I am sure it isn’t going to be nearly as wonderful after realty sets in, as to what women have just be tossed into!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Christensen/100000005327315 Paul Christensen

    You forgot to mention three others, Pelosi, Boxer and Feinstein. I realize they are old but we can make exceptions just like we did in the other case. When I think about it why not just give them California?

  • dHb

    Come on Doug, Regis would make an excellent special op if she actually is as tough as you portray her to be. Are you afraid your own daughter might have to go to war?

  • JBQ21

    It’s all about socialism and the destruction of the family. After all, Hillary is just a “radical thespian” on the world stage.

  • arley_barley

    Other countries have proven, what we, American men thought impossible, ‘the naturality of “Protecting” women and children,’ can, be legislated out of mind and heart, with the proper penalties. God help us, when what is coming, comes, ‘Great Tribulation,’ as He is the only ONE “‘the naturality of “Protecting” women and children’ cannot be legislated out of mind and heart,”‘ existence. Shame on the man, of Mankind. (Whoever selected the photo, for the article, did well, even down to the name on her chest, ‘Valentine??,’

    Oh-My, Oh-My!!
    May not, too many men die,
    When in combat, they espy,
    A view that’s pleasing to the ‘eye.’

    God Forbid, but, I might surely die,
    I speak the truth, God Forbids I lie,
    I’m old, but beauty, I still espy,
    I’ll go in a corner now, and cry.
    AMEN (^8

  • KJQ

    As a Christian, I am against women serving in the military because God has declared this to be an abomination: “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. Deut 22:5

    “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man – כלי גבר keli geber, the instruments or arms of a man. As the word גבר geber is here used, which properly signifies a strong man or man of war, it is very probable that armor is here intended” – Clarke’s commentary. God also says that it is an accursed nation that sends it’s women to war (can’t remember the verse off the top of my head).

    • Lisahart

      So true woman do not belong in battle.

  • John Renken

    There is an additional concern. I didnt know this until Saturday while researching this article. Apparently females in the military are 2-3 times more likely to get PTS and for a lower level of trauma. I really this this is a horrible idea.

  • John Renken

    PS Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dempsy said they would lower the standards to be able to have enough females in combat arms.

  • downs1

    There is no argument but what women have a very important place in the military and without them we are much weaker. However, women have no place in the front lines during a war. To place them in combat roles is a sure way to degrade our ability to win a conflict. Can women shoot? Yes. Often better than their male counterparts. Can women run? Yes. Can women kill another human being? Some of the greatest Russian snipers were women. Can women tolerate frustration? Yes. Can women carry heavy loads great distance under combat conditions? Few can, most cannot. There is still a “difference” between males and females and in combat, these differences often become more acute. Distractions can be deadly. This move to put women in combat is part of Obama’s plan to weaken the military. One wonders why? But not for long!

    • WellNowDear

      Women have been a very important part of the military for many years serving in noncombat support functions. For every man on the front there are many people responsible for suppling what he needs. To put women in combat is insane just like all the other decrees king obama has made.

  • markle

    The military exists to fight and win wars. It does NOT exist to be a laboratory for social engineering experiments!

    • Rattlerjake

      Like our entire country has become.

      Millions of women are the victims of assault and rape around the world, daily; If women are so able to be military, law enforcement, etc. then why is it that they can’t protect themselves from an attacker in everyday life. Most law enforcement officers hate women officers because they do not carry their weight. Numbers don’t lie. What good will they be on the battlefield? No good at all, other than another target and casualty.

      • PatriotMom

        This is the best point made today here, and there were many goods points from those who have served in the military also. Both of my brothers served in the Marines and this is just wrong from every angle. I have 2 daughters who will be old enough for a draft it it came down to that and this is so wrong.

      • WellNowDear

        Women can protect themselves if trained to do so. Out society has conditioned women to be victims and think of themselves as victims. When I was young there was a case in my home town of a woman who defended herself against a rapist with a high heel shoe. The police had to rescue him. So, don’t give me that garbage. There are many men who are also victims of crime and can’t defend themselves in everyday life from an attack. Women don’t carry their weight because the social experimenters are trying to turn them into “men” substitutes. Women are very capable when given duties for which they are suited. I’m a woman and I can tell you for sure that there is no such thing as a helpless female. Many women use the helpless act to manipulate a man into doing something she doesn’t want to do.

        • Rattlerjake

          You just keep believing that crap, one or two lucky victims out of hundreds isn’t even a statistic. Even most of those trained in self defense can’t protect themselves, that’s why so many women are getting on the bandwagon buying weapons. I used to teach self-defense to military spouses, and it’s like teaching a six year old to drive a semi-tractor (truck). Sure they can learn the moves, (and some look great doing it), but they don’t have the muscle power (strength) in their strikes or grabs; that’s why I always suggested weapons training. An average 5.5ft, 120lb. woman has no chance against an average 6ft., 220-350+lb. criminal without something to equalize the playing field. These criminals don’t usually attack someone they think will be difficult – such as a man of equal size, an armed person, a group, etc. Most men are vulnerable due to being out numbered, but in a one on one confrontation can at least hold their own. So you keep believing that nonsense you’re preaching, one day we’ll be reading about you in the statistics.
          You last statement, however, is very true but doesn’t have anything to do with defending themselves from a criminal.

    • TexasLady

      Well said…Thanks for that!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YZILT7FI37IEGIGZ47H34VLVAY skyhawk

      Social Engineering was tried back during the 50s. All services were required to enlist dumb, untrainable individuals. I knew of one case where the individual only served one day until, like the majority, he received an undesireable discharge. Weakening the armed forces in any way is the dream of a brain dead liberal.

  • EMIRCITNA

    THIS just further proves the incompetency of another of Obama’s “appointments”, Leon Penetta, as U.S. Secretary of Defense! ~ Par for the course, with other incompetents like Eric Holder, Janette Napolitano, et al!!!

    “Government is inherently incompetent, and no matter what task it is assigned, it will do it in the most expensive and inefficient way possible.”
    ~ Charley Reese

  • Old Marine

    Navy has been studying women on submarines because not having that in your record can disqualify you for the CNO slot. That’s the feminist mantra. Can’t begin to tell how many have been CNO without a day of silent service. Point is, three women on subs take as much space as five men ( let you imagination run wild ). How will the short fall of people power be made up, there’s already limited space, can’t stretch them. Three or four months submerged is a long time and emotions play havoc under normal circumstances. Questions?

  • Rattlerjake

    Doug, I have to say you went too far when you called Rosanne, Joy, and Lisa “ladies”! They may be female, but I’d say that is a far as I’d go. You can add Whoopie, Barbara Walters, Huffington, Moochele, Pelosi, FrankenFeinstein, Boxer, ……………….

  • RAMJR

    Years ago, when Israel was moving towards a liberal mindset, the same actions took place. Over a year, with the wars waged daily against them, they found out men put themselves in danger, by coming to the rescue of the women that were with them. The ‘mission’ became second, over the morality to protect women and children.
    If America was really serious about what works in protection and war, Israel, through their mistakes and guidance, would put our standards dealing with threats of violence and immorality to shame.
    One example would be the joke of the TSA in America. Instead of the values that can lead to stealing, and has quiet often through this government implantation, Israel uses dogs, trained to sniff out drugs, bombs, even nervousness in a man and woman’s sent….instead of little old ladies molested by government employees, children groped by molesters applying for these positions and men telling the lies that the machine woman go through don’t show their bodies…when reports of copies of pictures are taken home from passengers. Off topic, I know, but just a reflection of if we were really serious about crimes and criminals, the last avenue we would go to is our government, full of waste, fraud, lies and liars.
    If I went into the sins of covet, lust, rape, molestation, adultery and fornication, that will be dealt with in this stupidity alone, that would wake up those of moral value, that use to be in our military…until mainly, a couple of years ago under this administration.

    • Rattlerjake

      What the he!! did you say?

      • RAMJR

        I’m not quite sure what your asking. As far as the current administration, it seems the only thing they are really trying to do is destroy what our military use to be, through agendas of immorality and ignorance. The point I was making was Israel went through some of the same mindset, until it was proven, through combat, that the men spent time protecting the women, to the point of not even completing missions…and of course the temptation of lust, covet and immorality that comes with deception, what this country has turned in to, from the head to tail.
        The other was just a comments of the difference of really being after fixing the problem…as to creating extensions of government, to steal more tax dollars, rights and commonsense away from us.
        Maybe that clears up your ‘what did you say’ statement.

        • Rattlerjake

          I think you are trying to say the right thing, but your sentence structure causes you point to be diluted. You sound like you are foreign.

  • 9Spoon9

    USAF SP’s (now all deemed Air Base Ground Defense as a new term when SP and LE roles were combined) have been serving in hostile area assignments for several years. ALL recruits at Lackland are now trained with close quarters/hand-to-hand skils in the extended BMTS. Female Airmen are not necessarily out on Recon and Spec Ops teams, but a select few have been nurtured into sniping roles as part of the Ground Defense Force. Women in the Marines & Army are all taught combat skills (I’m naive in regard to USN training). Many of our women in the US Armed Forces are quite capable marksmen as recent history has shown, but they should never be field operatives.

    Women DO NOT belong in in direct combat roles. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Ladies, do what you can reasonably do, but you are nothing but a “toy” to abuse to a barbarian should you allow yourself to be taken hostage/prisoner. Call me old-fashioned or out of date, but even believing “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”, just doesn’t cut it.

    USAF Retired

  • Dalton

    The whole idea is of course politically driven. Shame on the “men” who made this decision and are not willing to do their job and stand up for women. Doug brings up all the main issues, ones our politicians are too cowardly to even mention. If it were their daughters what would they do? Our job as men is to protect the women, not because they are weaker, but because God gave us the job. I have daughters, and they will NOT take them!

  • DenverKitty

    As a retired military woman, I think intentionally putting women in front-line combat is the DUMBEST idea I’ve ever heard of.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jhon-Kacan/100003185883958 Jhon Kacan

    With all excuses woman are NOT qualified for be a soldier,some woman can complain discrimination,but is NOT.Before aprove woman soldier why not let a Voter aprove or not?that is we decide,not a group of criminals politican,democracy are when all a voter decide not politician,in that case are no-democracy.Dems no have normal brain for understand what is good or wrong.Woman have a own position in a society,but is not be soldier.I am tired of see when a group of politician usurp and take power and decide for all American.

  • Sagebrush6

    1. I would like to recommend a few more. Feinstein, Clinton and perhaps a half dozen more I could think of.
    2. Apperently you don’t think women can be nasty – you have never been in divorce court.
    Really ugly is the word that comes to mind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barbara-Vandewalle/100000592749868 Barbara Vandewalle

    Israel and other countries tried having women at the front line. Women no longer are at the front line. For the same reasons we will fail.
    When the libs demanded the woman be fighter pilots the standards were lowered for them to qualify. There were numerous crashes because the lower standards put them in positions they were under qualified to perform.
    During WWII the women who flew planes from one place to another, or flew the bombers from the US to England had to meet the same standards as men. They had very few crashes.

  • rangers53

    I agree with you, Doug, but the “ladies” of the NOW ilk have done everything possible to reduce the male to an inferior being; and now dumb assses like Penetta; one of those obviously dumbed down, think it’s a “sweell” idea. My guess is he NEVER spent a day in the military, let alone in combat and therefore is full UNQUALIFIED for his position which includes making such decisions.

  • $8105658

    the prime reason for the change to allow women in combat is because they felt that the same opportunity for promotion did not exist for soldiers that did not have combat/combat leadership experience. The whole thing could be de-fused (and sanity regained) if there was a separate promotion pathway that did not require the combat route. Simple, elegant solution.

  • Elise Ireland Smith

    Women aren’t required to, and cannot, do the same number of push-ups, sit-ups or pull-ups that men have to do! They are not required to carry the same weight on their backs! If they can’t carry the same weight in training as men, how can they pull their weight on the battlefield???

    • $22091572

      they cant

  • arley_barley

    I just came up with the following. Feel free to copy and forward:

    Women in Combat
    Lyrics by Arley Steinhour 012813
    To Tune: (Come and lay down by my side)

    Place a baby on her back,
    and a rifle in her hand,
    Give her reason to attack,
    You’ll have the meanest in the land,

    When she’s done, you’ll have surprise,
    As she wipes mud from her eyes,
    None can stand-up to the Name,
    Of, ‘Combatant-Army-Dame.’

    She’s a woman in disguise,
    Never trust her when she cries,
    Streets ran red, from those who tried,
    Only wise men, run and hide.

    May the choice, to now allow,
    Women Fight, not just ‘serve chow,’
    Be a wise and honored choice,
    To when History lends it’s voice.

    This step forward, some won’t take,
    ‘Train as Warrior,’ fighter make,
    Safe in job, behind the line,
    ‘Support,’ so other Warriors shine.

    She’s still a woman in disguise,
    Never trust her when she cries,
    Streets ran red, from those who tried,
    Only wise men, run and hide.

    AMEN

    PS: In IDF, gal’s fit right in,
    No one there calls it a sin,
    They fight for Country and their Kin,
    And, IDF seems to always WIn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bo.porter.3 Bo Porter

    All kidding aside and lets park the male ego. Lets look at facts. I was in the elite units of the military and highly respect women in in their roles. This is NOT about male chauvinism. I managed the data for the physical and mental preparedness of my unit. The issues you site are real but the biggest problem I see is on long range patrols (LRRP) and LRSU (surveilance). There is no time for recovery (as they like to say in the gyms and working out). There are no protien shakes or modern technology to build/retain muscle mass on two month plus patrols deployments). Little sleep, sparse nurtition, and constant movement with heavy gear – and its not about just surviving – its about retaining full alert capability in your discipline as part of your team. It falls to an immersion of energy eating and basic biology 101 that cannot be ignored; that means muscle mass loss). Having a degree in biology and nutrition, its a given fact that women are not as strong, big, or fast as men. Its the elephant in the room that is unpopular, but in this case it needs to be said. In an environment such as I described, womens muscle mass deteriorates at a rate twice as fast as mens. They may start out fully capable but quickly deteriorate to below par. Statitics show that they become incapable of the riggors and admit it upon debriefings. My concern is that this administration’s careless attempt at implementing this for political reasons will carry over into loss of life and effectiveness in small unit situations. Yes, there are frontline combat situations where this may not be an issue. But training and real combat are two totally different things AND protracted senarios such as I have described cannot be replicated fully. Additionally, the pool of capable men for these scenarios is more than adequate to statisically always select men for these positions. After all, this is about winning while mitigating risk. Its not about getting someone a promotion on the graves of others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barry-Levy/1091577549 Barry Levy

    this reminds me of the L.A. council woman that thought that physical standards for firefighters were unfair, after all a woman doesn’t have to carry a person out of a fire, when she can drag the person down the stairs, head hitting each step, and don’t worry about the extra time, the woman can tell the fire please don’t rage out of control until I have dragged this person out of the way.

    HAHAHHHAHAHHA

    I can’t wait to see the council woman being the first to be dragged out of a burning building and having some common sense knocked into her thick skull.

  • doctorbob

    I am a Vietnam veteran. I want to go on CLEAR RECORD that this “women in combat” idea is insane. Whoever came up with it (Panetta? A female advisor?) has obviously never been in combat in their lives. Anyone – man or woman – going into combat must give up ALL privacy. There are no “ladies rooms” on the front line. If they have to go, they’ll do it right there in front of everyone. If they’re lying in the grass, they’ll pull down their pants and do it, right there in place. If they’re in a vehicle (APC, etc.), the vehicle will NOT stop to let them go into the bushes. They will have to pee in a water bottle, or do #2 in a plastic bag, right there in front of everyone. They’re going to distract male soldiers who will feel “protective” of them, and divert their attention away from the enemy, who is just waiting for a soldier to get careless and show his head for 2 seconds, or not be watching the building or bush in front of them. I could go on and on and on. But, I’m telling you, women are going to have to live EXACTLY like a man in combat, also DIE like a man in combat, also GIVE UP ALL PRIVACY, just like a man in combat. And, they need to realize that they are going to get a few of their own people killed. I won’t even bother to go into their personal safety, but I don’t want to hear ONE SQUEAK of protest if they get raped or molested. It’s going to be part of the game, ladies. I don’t know about other fathers or grandfathers, but I would NEVER support my daughter or granddaughters doing such a thing. Combat is NOT glamorous! People die in combat. So will these women. And, they’ll get guys killed along the way. A VERY bad idea. But, of course, Obama WANTS to weaken the military, which is why he’s forcing the military to take gays and women. It weakens America.

  • bobalo59

    “3. When soldiers deploy they live together, sleep together, eat together, shower together, and bleed together. So will women be given separate quarters and showers? What if a female platoon leader (in charge of 40 men) becomes pregnant? Will she go home? Will she have to stay in combat? What if she is the only female in the platoon … does she not have to bunk with a man?”
    Combat draws men together, a big part of the reason for that is what they’ve been through, they do live together, sleep together, etc. When you seperate one from the group, they become outcast, they’re seen as not being part of a team. If the woman is a platoon leader, if she is sent back because of pregnancy, you destroy the continuity of the command. This has not been well thought out. It doesn’t surprise me.

  • photophatty67

    An excellent and logical article, Doug. I have *always* believed this about women in combat, verbatim!!!

  • Sandra Lee Smith

    With all due respect, we’ve had women in combat for quite some time; on ships, or in planes, at field hospitals as nurses, and so on. Some have been killed or captured, at least as far back as WWII; one of my mother’s fellow nurses was killed by a Japanese sniper in New Guinea, while walking between the hospital on the hill and quarters in the valley below it! In AZ we have a mountain and highway named for Lori Piestewa, a Hopi woman killed in combat during this last go-around in the middle east. It simply depends on WHERE “in combat” you’re talking. As for pulling a guy in full gear out of an IED-damaged and burning vehicle, you’d be SURPRISED what adrenalin can do for you! I used to work with an ambulance service and have hefted a 250+ pound patient into the back of an ambulance on top of a 75 lb cot, with just one other person on the other side, more than once, when both of us put together didn’t weigh as much as that load! So it IS possible for a woman to do that if necessary. The point is that there are duties that women aren’t as well suited for, and should avoid having to do if possible. on the other side of it, women CAN be, and often are, every bit as deadly and savage fighters as men.

    • $22091572

      you run into other issues too.. like sleeping.. going to the bathroom.. things like that..
      USS Samuel Gompers over 80 percent of the
      women came up pregnet during desert storm. Thats why its call the love boat.. So
      it may seem to be a good idea.. but men are men and women are women.. best to
      keep both apart when it comes to combat…

      • Sandra Lee Smith

        That sir, is more a factor of the LACK of morality on the parts of individuals today, than in the past, than of serving together! Same sex assaults have been on the increase as well within the ranks, so that adage doesn’t hold true. It’s not about gender so much as it is about amorality pervading our society in general!

        • $22091572

          well i have to agree with that.

  • Marcus Antonius

    I bet the one in the front has really nice nips. Too bad they are so constrained by that tight bra and shirt. Maybe now that women are going to be allowed to be in combat they can also go braless to keep their fellow male soldiers moral high.

  • greganchors

    Dear Doug,
    I respectfully disagree.Why not allow women into combat arms?It’s been done before.Ask the Viet Cong & various other rebel armies.I think women can(& have )fought in the U.S. forces overseas.Most probably could’nt make it into SF,but have availed themselves courageously & competently.I’m willing to bet money on it.Why dont we create an org comprised of female vets & have them undergo combat training,then putting into search & capture or destroy drug & weapons smugglers on the Mex border? Get back to me if you’re game re;this issue.

    • rabrooks

      THE VC like the ragheads have a special value for women. The are animals to be ridden, beaten, broken and when worn out, disposed of and replaced with a new one. Our women don’t have any of that in their make-up.Our women don’t wear burkah, plow fields etc.. When those become standard things, Ill believe it. WHEN IT HAPPENS!!!

    • rabrooks

      THE VC like the ragheads have a special value for women. The are animals to be ridden, beaten, broken and when worn out, disposed of and replaced with a new one. Our women don’t have any of that in their make-up.Our women don’t wear burkah, plow fields etc.. When those become standard things, Ill believe it. WHEN IT HAPPENS!!!

    • rabrooks

      THE VC like the ragheads have a special value for women. The are animals to be ridden, beaten, broken and when worn out, disposed of and replaced with a new one. Our women don’t have any of that in their make-up.Our women don’t wear burkah, plow fields etc.. When those become standard things, Ill believe it. WHEN IT HAPPENS!!!

  • Mr Leslie Wood

    If you have to give Gear to the Queer can there be a stopping point down the slippery slope ?

  • WASP

    What’s next? Putting 10 year old kids on the front lines? There’s something inherently pathological about a society that puts it’s young women in harm’s way so that it’s “leaders” can claim that they’re unbiased. These are the potential mothers of our future generation. Is this part of the NWO’s plan to reduce the world population?

  • gw111

    Many of the comments have pointed out the difference between men and women. The standards set by Seals and rangers seperated most men from other men. They set those standards to safe guard themselves in very intense situations. The marines state the few make it. I doubt i could at my prime make the physical requirements, but I know i could never make the mental requirements. I am tough or atleast 40 years ago I was. And i think I could shoot someone entering my house unwanted, but go into a building or trench with combatants seeking out the enemy. I am not sure. I don’t think I am less a man, I just think there are those who are better at being a soldiers. I am thankful for them. Heck some i may not even like in a social gathering, but I will still shake his had and tell him I am glad i have him protecting me.

  • Bill Weston

    I failed sociology in college on my first try and my passing on the second try was a gift. Thus my opinion is subject to possible debate. As I see it, the primary reason men are selected for combat is the fact that they are relatively expendable by the society that is being defended. Supplemental to the physical attributes already described, men are not as well equipped to nurture children, the future of any society. Men cannot nurse a baby, and men tend to use force when a child needs discipline. Women, of course can breast-feed a baby and they have nurturing ways, sometimes conning, a child into right action. If force is needed for discipline sake, even then “mom” often delegates that task to “dad” if he’s available. As for P.M.S. a woman once told me the reason it’s called P.M.S. is because mad cow disease is already taken. If that is true, there would definitly be a discipline problem among women in combat. Granted, “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” has merit. Does that means that a woman must be scorned to qualify for combat? I’m just contributing some additional thoughts to a well written article.

  • gw111

    I do also want to mention that it would put strain on me to know my male or female soldier was captured. It would however distort my judgement if a female soldier was captured. There are going to be a lot of men feeling that way I am afraid.
    As for the woman who said somthing about woe to the man who entered her home or territory and threaten her children. I pity the poor muslem who sets foot on the shores of the US and has to face my ex and her kids. She is a small not so strong woman, but you don’t want to get between her and her children.. I wonder how many women would want to put her small children in battle with another woman taking care of them. Women have the toughness to defend themselves when they need too. They have lived through out history doing the bull work in making their homes a home. As a man who no longer has a santuary of a home with a wife making sure it runs well I know the deep down toughness it takes to be a woman.

  • gypsy314

    I would guess if our ladys were capture it would be long before information would flow and many claims of being rape would be my guess. Just shows our leadership at the top You Obama and crew the ones that want only military personal that will shoot Americans. I wonder how long American people will put up with this tyranny government run by the tyrant Obama?

  • $22091572

    you run into other issues too.. like sleeping.. going to the bathroom.. things like that..
    USS Samuel Gompers over 80 percent of the women came up pregnet during desert storm. Thats why its call the love boat.. So it may seem to be a good idea.. but men are men and women are women.. best to keep both apart when it comes to combat…

  • marineh2ominer

    Send all the female sluts who want to go , I am only against sending ladies into combat and all the ladies I know of in this country are too old to join .

  • sanysue

    i dont know what doug giles is thinking. we already have military women in iraq and afghanistan. military women are already fighting and being killed or injured just like the male soldiers. the women in those situations know how to take care of their hygiene , prob better than male soldiers..dont worry about women soldiers, they know all the dangers better than a male, esp rape.. in the first iraq’ y war a female pilot was shot down, raped and tortured. she was american… if there’s a woman in your squad just be glad they’ll have your back when needed. women can stand up and fight just as well, and as fiercely as a man.. the time for male chovenism is long gone.. pennetta is just using this as a political situation.. he approved nothing that hasnt already been happening..

    • rabrooks

      They They They What have you done to prove it?

    • rabrooks

      They They They What have you done to prove it?

    • rabrooks

      They They They What have you done to prove it?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

    I have to agree with Mr. Giles. While American women have stood beside their men and fought since the first Europeans became Americans, these days we are fighting against an enemy that has no face, no morals, no honor—but a huge, huge agenda!
    It goes without saying the ladies who join the military should be trained, just as the men are, in the use of weapon–if nothing more than for their own protection. Women have proved indispensible in jobs behind the lines as air controllers, and clerical jobs. These, I think, should be recognized as vital to our military’s efficiency and performance. There must be other jobs women can fill as well. Let’s try to use them to the best of their training and ability!

  • Texas Belle

    This is just more political correctness to appease the Left. Women cannot match the strength of men in any situation and it is putting both of their lives in danger to equate them.

  • rtjc23

    they are called women and women have already been taken hostage by the enemy (it was called desert storm). and not all women are emotional as this writer suggests. i’d rather have a few good women than a bunch of morons around me. each mos/afsc has standards and if you don’t measure up, you get put in a different occupation.

  • foxxybey

    If they had the training of the women in the IDF, I’d say okay but, they don’t and their standards are lower then mens, so how can they be equal in combat, it is a real Batty Idea as stated.

  • Deepizzaguy

    My brother in law served in the U S Navy and he said something to the effect that having women on ships would be trouble since a scandal would happen if the guys make love to the females.

  • John Hand w/gunpermit

    Well, I was busily reading away, and suddenly THIS POPUP hit me in the face. Any legitimate site that allows popups is not worth sticking around for. I am gone…bye…

  • Robby777

    Duh! They are already in combat!. Resupply convoys are right behind the tanks. Helicopter pilots are shot at, as are fighter plane pilots. All this does is make them eligible for combat pay !!! [previously denied]

  • lfhpueblo

    These women are nuts. Don’t they know if they are captured by some groups out there, that they’ll be tortured just as men are, raped repeatedly, and possibly beheaded. That it will likely be filmed by some groups while they are doing it. Do they have no compassion for their families (mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, children)? This is not what their families want for them. Granted it is not what they want for their husbands or sons that are in combat either, but we know the cost of freedom and that GOD made man as the protector. God made woman as a help mate, so women can be in helping roles in the military, but I personally think the combat roles should be left to the men.

  • Mys77

    Women are not equal to the task… not in strength, not in physical endurance, not in mental stamina, and not when confronted with incredible fear, violence, and hate. And to make this an experiment to see what happens, is a disgrace to our leadership and character of our military. You know we could put kids in the armed forces as well. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. And once women are asked to do this, there will be many that will break down and fall apart… no matter how adament they are that they are qualified. And one woman used as a liberal agenda experiment, is devaluing her life. Congress needs to put a stop to this, right now. As far as I know, Panetta, does NOT have the legal authority to do this on his own…. congress needs to put a stop to this nonsense right now!

  • amerigom

    “Women Serving in Combat Positions Is a Batty Idea”
    It’s O K; if they have a sex change!

  • Margaret Nahmias

    The emotional part concerns me the most because I read the sucide rate for female miltiary memebers is five time higher than for men.

  • John L Dick

    Just put the gay guys and the gay women together on the front line….problem solved

  • marineh2ominer

    I still want 74 virgins in my foxhole ie: Make love not war . I can’t depend on allah , I am not an Islamic terrorist .

  • catman

    All points very valid. It is in a man’s makeup to protect the female of the species. Granted, there are a few (very few) women who could care less about the bedding arrangements, toilets or any of a host of other problems that would crop up. Believe me when I say I’ve met a few. They were female prisoners of the federal bureau of prisons.

  • catman

    All points very valid. It is in a man’s makeup to protect the female of the species. Granted, there are a few (very few) women who could care less about the bedding arrangements, toilets or any of a host of other problems that would crop up. Believe me when I say I’ve met a few. They were female prisoners of the federal bureau of prisons.

  • Tony

    Let’s just blare speeches over loudspeakers of pelosi and feinstein going on and on about abortion and gay marriage too. That might send them straight to allah. Although our side would have to be warned and wear earplugs so maybe that wouldn’t work.

  • Tony

    Let’s just blare speeches over loudspeakers of pelosi and feinstein going on and on about abortion and gay marriage too. That might send them straight to allah. Although our side would have to be warned and wear earplugs so maybe that wouldn’t work.

  • rabrooks

    There is a whole lot that separates us form the raw human animal. Civilization has dis-infected, deodorized, hermetically sealed us from the bad stuff. Men have a hard enough time-warping back to partial stone-age. We live in dirt. We work in dirt. We fight in dirt. We sometimes die in dirt. Occasionally dirty water. No amount of time will change that. There are physiological differences that leave ‘females’ (excuse the pun) open to having their bodies’ defenses bypassed by foreign bodies. Have you ever been around some ragheads. Their women and girls smell. I mean really bad.It’s nothing to them. To us, it is just stank, strong enough to gag you. However this smell was designed to be noticed by men since the beginning of time. Men can pick it up miles away…………….GOTCHYA!!!!

  • rabrooks

    There is a whole lot that separates us form the raw human animal. Civilization has dis-infected, deodorized, hermetically sealed us from the bad stuff. Men have a hard enough time-warping back to partial stone-age. We live in dirt. We work in dirt. We fight in dirt. We sometimes die in dirt. Occasionally dirty water. No amount of time will change that. There are physiological differences that leave ‘females’ (excuse the pun) open to having their bodies’ defenses bypassed by foreign bodies. Have you ever been around some ragheads. Their women and girls smell. I mean really bad.It’s nothing to them. To us, it is just stank, strong enough to gag you. However this smell was designed to be noticed by men since the beginning of time. Men can pick it up miles away…………….GOTCHYA!!!!

  • rabrooks

    There is a whole lot that separates us form the raw human animal. Civilization has dis-infected, deodorized, hermetically sealed us from the bad stuff. Men have a hard enough time-warping back to partial stone-age. We live in dirt. We work in dirt. We fight in dirt. We sometimes die in dirt. Occasionally dirty water. No amount of time will change that. There are physiological differences that leave ‘females’ (excuse the pun) open to having their bodies’ defenses bypassed by foreign bodies. Have you ever been around some ragheads. Their women and girls smell. I mean really bad.It’s nothing to them. To us, it is just stank, strong enough to gag you. However this smell was designed to be noticed by men since the beginning of time. Men can pick it up miles away…………….GOTCHYA!!!!

  • dockilldare

    I think the author hit the nail on the head with the one issue I have that opposes this idea. the standards have got to be maintained regardless of who is attempting to become a combat arms soldier. the military has never maintained the same standards especially the physical standards, for women. their standards are always a lot lower. sorry ladies but the truth is the truth. proof just pick up an army pt score card. http://www.armyprt.com/bm.pix/apft-pu.gif
    if we allow females into combat fields, which I am not opposed to, hell they want to be equal lets let them be, but they have to maintain the same standards the rest of us had to endure to be there. fyi I’m a retired us army paratrooper and special forces medic, 1982 – 2004. so I have seen exactly what I and the author are talking about in practice.

  • dockilldare

    I think the author hit the nail on the head with the one issue I have that opposes this idea. the standards have got to be maintained regardless of who is attempting to become a combat arms soldier. the military has never maintained the same standards especially the physical standards, for women. their standards are always a lot lower. sorry ladies but the truth is the truth. proof just pick up an army pt score card. http://www.armyprt.com/bm.pix/apft-pu.gif
    if we allow females into combat fields, which I am not opposed to, hell they want to be equal lets let them be, but they have to maintain the same standards the rest of us had to endure to be there. fyi I’m a retired us army paratrooper and special forces medic, 1982 – 2004. so I have seen exactly what I and the author are talking about in practice.

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