Wounded Vet Duckworth: 'I Didn't Lose My Legs in a Bar Fight'
She and others say women already are in combat; critics still hate move
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2013 12:47 PM CST
In this Sept. 18, 2012, file photo, female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, train on a firing range at Fort Campbell, Ky.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

(Newser) – Here's a look at some of the yays and nays regarding the Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women in combat:

  • Rep. Tammy Duckworth: The Illinois congresswoman who lost both her legs as a helicopter pilot in Iraq praises the move as "long overdue" because it will help get more qualified women in key combat posts, reports Politico. Besides, "the reality on the ground in a 360 battlefield is that women have been serving in combat," she adds, reports NECN. "I didn't lose my legs in a bar fight."

  • Kayla Williams, the Guardian: She also served in combat in Iraq, and says generals have long skirted the ban with semantics, "by 'attaching,' rather than assigning, us to combat units." She, too, applauds the move as an overdue nod to reality and thinks it will help the military's culture of sexual harassment.
  • Heather Mac Donald, National Review: Bad idea, she writes. Expect reports of sex assaults to increase given the close quarters, and physical fitness standards to decline. "The downsides to such a policy are legion and obvious; the only reason to pursue it is to placate feminism's insatiable and narcissistic drive for absolute equality between the sexes."
  • Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson also hates it, tweeting that the White House "boasts about sending women to the front lines on the same day Democrats push the Violence Against Women Act." Daily Intel rebuts him, saying he's confused about the difference between domestic violence and combat. The Week has more on the Carlson meme.

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Jan 31, 2013 9:56 AM CST
God bless these people for protecting us and going through the traumas they went through. And may God give them the wisdom to realize they all are being swindled, since the govt has clearly stated that vets are the number 1 terror threat. Look it up. I would personally be insulted by this if I were a vet and would not want to push others into this contradictory mess. But I still respect the women who wish to fight in battle along side the boys. Although I think they might be more effective by protecting the constitution at home, via a blog or YouTube channel or something. Also, if I was on the frontlines with women I think my natural male instinct would be wanting to protect them too much versus focusing on the job that needs to be done. And it's not an insult towards their capabilities; they would be just as efficient and effective as men. It's just that weird protective wiring in me which says 'protect women and kids at all costs'.
Jan 25, 2013 10:01 AM CST
Tucker Carlson is an ass.
Jan 25, 2013 9:54 AM CST
"Expect reports of sex assaults to increase given the close quarters..." So stop hiring fucking rapists to defend our country, or train them to control their urges and not fucking rape people. Honestly your argument I would expect from some third-world asshole in the middle east who are living in the dark ages, so grow up and take some responsibility will you?