Since President Obama is comfortable with Iran using its own “experts” to inspect its nuclear program, perhaps I shouldn’t even waste my breathe complaining about the corrosive effects of political correctness in today’s military.
Even a fighting force as lethal and heroic as Leonidas and his 300 ultimately can’t survive the treachery of its own leadership. If we want to give the big bomb to a people bent on committing savagery in the name of Islamic Jihad, perhaps we should just hand the keys of the kingdom over to Code Pink and get it over with.
But alas, I’m more of a ‘not over my dead body’ kind of guy. So even though our armed forces grow increasingly godless while putting chaplains in the crosshairs, I march on.
And even though taxpayers appear to be on the hook for a super group of cross-dressing warriors, I march on.
But now for the latest: Two women have passed army ranger training after the course was opened up to women on a trial basis for the first time this year.
“This course has proven that every Soldier, regardless of gender, can achieve his or her full potential,” Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh said in a statement.
A regular General Patton that one. Move a few syllables around in McHugh’s quote and you’re almost at, “Nobody ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making some other poor son of a gun die for his.”
You know. Kill or be killed. Otherwise known as the good old days of warfare when we were actually trying to win.
McHugh may have won me over if his new prized pupils were unveiled to the American public by challenging Ronda Rousey to a cage match, but no such luck. In fact, McHugh doesn’t really even believe his own PC psychobabble.
The two female graduates can’t apply to join the 75th Ranger Regiment, which is an elite special operations force, because the Pentagon isn’t expected to make final decisions about exactly what combat roles women will be allowed to fill until later this year. What could there possibly be to discuss, though? Isn’t gender potential limitless.
Well, turns out that gender potential is better summed up by long-term health care hurdles and false hopes when it comes to females in combat, and that’s not just caveman speak from the world according to testosterone.
Jessie Jane Duff, Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and Senior Fellow for the London Center for Policy Research put in plainly in an interview on CNN:
“I don’t think we have a combat mission readiness need to put women in the front lines. This isn’t about equality. This is about a complete physical difference. This is about biology.”
Duff had the data to back it up, too. She said women have 45 percent lest muscle mass and 20 percent less lung capacity than men. So how might that translate to an incredibly healthy and fit woman who has to carry a pack weighing more than 75 pounds day after day after day?
One 29-year-old female veteran Duff knows already had to have both of her hips replaced. Add to that the knowledge that the overall discharge rate in Marine officer candidate school is 50 percent for women and 16 percent for men – in purely medical terms, 17 percent of women are discharged versus only 5 percent for men – and the questions only grow.
“We are setting (women) up to be in the bottom three percent, and are we prepared to pay them for the rest of their lives for their physical disability?” asked Duff.
The ability of our gender-bending culture to choke out sanity like that is evidenced by the fact that yet another woman, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Katie Petronio, was addressing the same concerns in 2012.
The combat engineer wrote an article titled “Get Over It! We are not all created equal,” and said in an interview about the piece that she felt called to write it because “I knew If a male wrote it he would be labeled a sexist.”
It’s a tremendous credit to the service of women like her and Duff that their version of women’s liberation doesn’t require pulling the pin and throwing a live grenade into the world of common sense.
“(Women in the infantry) is not going to help the individual and it’s not going to help the institution,” Petronio said. “I went from breaking school records to being broken. I left a 7-month deployment 17 pounds lighter. I had muscle atrophy. I stopped producing estrogen, which caused me to have infertility. And I was only doing a portion of what my infantry brethren were doing.”
Yet even if the women wanting to join America’s most elite fighting units were of the utmost Amazon warrior quality, still another female Marine says ‘who cares.’
Capt. Lauren Serrano wrote an award-winning essay of her own in 2014 saying that regardless of a woman’s ability to endure physical hardships, they just don’t belong because they are a threat to mission readiness and unit cohesion.
“Female Marines who want to stir the pot by joining the infantry ranks are more interested in their careers than the needs of the Corps — they are selfish,” says Serrano, who served as an intelligence officer. “The time, energy, and conflict associated with setting women up for success in infantry billets will not make the Marine Corps more combat effective.”
This is all information our daughters and apparently our generals need to hear. I have two girls of my own, and encouraging them to maximize their potential is one of my primary duties as their father. But as three wise, noble and courageous women have just explained, that shouldn’t involve lying to them about what their bodies are capable of, or how their nation might best benefit from their service.
Isn’t it ironic the same misguided people advocating for putting women in this situation are also complaining pro football is too dangerous for grown men in full pads? That’s because this isn’t about advancing gender equality. This is about tearing down masculine-driven meritocracies, which are an existential threat to those who seek to undo American Exceptionalism and replace it with cultural Marxism.
(Steve Deace is a nationally-syndicated talk show host and also the author of the new book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” You can “like” him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.)