The Pentagon has decided to lift a nearly two decade old ban on women serving on the front lines of combat. While women have seen combat, they’re not deployed directly on combat missions. Outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is trumpeting the terrible decision:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles on Thursday in a historic step toward gender equality in the U.S. armed forces after 11 years of nonstop war, during which the front lines were often not clearly defined.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed an order at a Pentagon news conference rescinding the rule that prevented women from serving in direct combat jobs.
“They serve, they’re wounded, and they die right next to each other. The time has come to recognize that reality,” Panetta said, noting that 152 women in uniform had been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Panetta is right to note the casualties, and is right to praise the role of women in our military. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s time to lift a logical ban and put our nation’s military in a precarious situation. The simple fact of the matter is, and people hate to admit this, the sexes aren’t created equal. Unless military women are going to be held to the same physical standards as men, and they won’t be, they shouldn’t be in direct combat situations.
A fellow service member is trapped under a collapsed wall. In this hypothetical situation, what if a man would be strong enough to rescue them, but a woman wouldn’t? It’s plain physiology that very few women are stronger than the average man. I hate to argue from this position, but the differences in the sexes are between nature and God, and no order from the Secretary of Defense will change that.