"Now it is up to the American people to decide which military they want: the one that vanquished every totalitarian threat it encountered during the twentieth century and made the United States the greatest global power in history, or a gender-normed jobs corps, in which multiculturalism and radical feminism have replaced readiness as a strategic imperative." -- page 98
In these days of bread and circuses, military matters are just about the last thing on the minds of most Americans. And that is just fine and dandy with those on the Left. On January 24, 2013, the retiring Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced the Pentagon was lifting its ban on women serving in combat. There were no hearings, no debate and virtually no input from the American people. The decision was hailed by top administration officials and their mouthpieces in the media as a victory for women's rights. Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert Maginnis believes this decision to be both irrational and cowardly. He has meticulously enumerated his objections in his compelling new book "Deadly Consequences: How Cowards Are Pushing Women into Combat". No matter where you think you may stand on this incredibly important issue I urge you to read this book. If you are in favor of the idea I suspect that after you are exposed to the facts you just might be inclined to change your mind about sending our mothers, daughters and sisters into hand-to-hand combat.
As far as Robert Maginnis is concerned placing women into these kinds of perilous situations is the worst kind of social engineering. The author presents a mountain of physiological and psychological evidence that supports the notion that the vast majority of women are simply not cut out for this kind of activity. For example, studies have shown that women in the military suffer three times the number of ACL injuries as their male counterparts. Furthermore, contrary to what you might have heard in the media surveys have shown that most women serving in the military are not exactly clamoring to fill these kinds of positions. And think about this: taken to its logical conclusion the Obama administration's decision to lift all combat exclusions for women virtually guarantees that the Supreme Court will one day declare a male-only draft to be unconstitutional. That is a very scary thought indeed! Maginnis also believes that placing women in direct fire, close ground combat positions will have a very detrimental effect on morale and compromise this nation's ability to fight in a conventional ground war. It will damage the warrior spirit, compromise standards, increase the number of sexual assaults and ultimately result in a reduction in retention rates. He fears for the women who become POW's. Chances are that the enemy is not going to share our "enlightened" point of view. The bottom line is that this is an ill-advised and very costly policy decision.
My guess is that after reading "Deadly Consequences: How Cowards Are Pushing Women into Combat" you will come to the same conclusion that I did: it is simply unconscionable to send young women into situations that the vast majority are totally ill-equipped to handle. What is even more infuriating about the policies being espoused by radical feminists, the Obama administration and so many members of Congress is that these extremely dubious policies are being formulated behind closed doors by people who have never even served in the military. As the author points out, the House of Representatives has not conducted full public hearings on the issue of women in combat for more than three decades, while the U.S. Senate has not done so since 1991. Maginnis offers up a series of probing questions that should be asked of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other military experts during such hearings. He finds it shocking that no senior military officials have yet resigned to protest this policy and that so many conservatives in Congress have remained silent. Meanwhile, he is extremely critical of the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin E. Dempsey for acquiescing to these policies. For those who have never served in the military or taken the time to ponder this issue "Deadly Consequences" should prove to be a real eye-opener. Robert Maginnis states his case in a very passionate, logical and most convincing way. The American people need to come to their senses and demand that this policy be reversed forthwith. Very highly recommended!
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