Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Women in Direct Military Combat?

U.S. law says that if the U.S. military plans to assign women to direct military combat, Congress must first be notified. The Obama Administration is scheming to find a way around this law and to send women into direct ground combat without telling Congress or the public. The push to get women in direct combat is not coming from the infantry women who would be involved; it's coming from feminists in Congress and outside groups who would never themselves be in combat. Women, of course, do a tremendous job in many military capacities, but pretending that women are identical to men, and can run as fast and carry the same load as the average man, and have the same upper-body strength, and can engage the enemy in one-to-one combat is downright ridiculous.

Another example of the Army's eagerness to appease the feminists is the case of a small blond woman, 4'11" Staff Sergeant Erin Gibson, who was recently featured on ABC's Nightline. She is now on her 5th deployment. She has had four previous deployments to the Middle East, and her current assignment is in Afghanistan, one of the most dangerous places in the world. She is part of a medevac crew, based principally in a helicopter, treating wounded soldiers. The feminists are demanding a gender-neutral military, and they claim that the genders are interchangeable.

Sergeant Gibson is a single mom, who leaves behind her tearful 9-year-old son Elijah to be taken care of by his grandparents. I simply do not believe that our national security requires sending a single mom to five dangerous Middle East battle areas, thereby abandoning her child who has no other parent.

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