US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently announced that he would clear the way for women in combat. On Jan. 24, 2013 he issued this statement from a defense department briefing:
Today Gen. Dempsey and I are pleased to announce that we are eliminating the ground combat exclusion rule for women and moving forward with a plan to eliminate all gender-based barriers to service. Our purpose is to ensure the mission is carried out by the best qualified and most capable service members, regardless of gender and regardless of creed and beliefs. If members of our military can meet the qualifications for a job -- and let me be clear, we are not reducing qualifications -- then they should have the right to serve.Predictably the conservative pundits had a field day with this. Heather Mac Donald of the National Review said:
We have apparently arrived at the Golden Age, free from strife and the threat of foreign enemies. Little else can explain so gratuitous a decision as to place women in combat units.Then there is David A. Pattern of NewsMax who said this:
This is not a Hollywood movie. This has real consequences that are going to affect our sons and daughters whose lives are on the line… The hard truth of combat oftentimes is brutal. It involves face-to-face, hand-to-hand, close-quarter battle. And I think we forget that. We’ve become so sensitized that warfare is wrapped up in a two-hour movie featuring stars who always live. And that’s not how it really is.What the regressive types don't seem to understand is the day of Spartacus like battles of hand to hand combat is rapidly coming to an end. There has already been a massive change in the way wars are fought since Vietnam, let alone World War 2. Today's soldiers need the skills of a video gamer more than that of a Spartacus like super warrior. Obama's Drone War has really brought this point home to it's victims in the middle east.