On Women In Combat

What is war?

War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means. — Carl von Clausewitz, On War

When people do not understand war, they confuse comedy with serious thinking.

We have women in the military, but they don’t put us in the front lines. They don’t know if we can fight, if we can kill. I think we can. All the general has to do is walk over to the women and say, “You see the enemy over there? They say you look fat in those uniforms.” — Elayne Boosler quotes (American Comedian and Activist. b.1952)

When a people and their leaders understand the reality of war, they make stringent preparations for it. They do not let anyone’s feelings get in the way of what must done to protect their nation. When a people and their leaders do not understand the reality of war, war becomes just one more government jobs program — for a while.

What is war? Ask someone who has fought in one.

War is cruelty. There’s no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over. — William Tecumseh Sherman (American Civil War General and a major architect of modern warfare. 1820-1891)


Awhile back, I reblogged a post from The Patriot Perspective about the problems with allowing women in the Marine Infantry School.  In the comment section, I mentioned learning that, for the time being, the Marines were not going to “gender norm” the physical standards, i.e., they will not make it easier for women to pass than men, based on each gender’s physical capabilities.

Short Timer has been kind enough to elaborate on the issue, and it’s worth sharing.  Beyond the basic question of “is she physically strong enough,” he details a few other reasons why women-as-combatants are problematic even if the answer is yes, she is physically strong enough:

  • Chivalry is an innate male behavior which cannot be entirely eradicated, and it will interfere with mission accomplishment.
  • Mixing young and healthy men and women together in will inevitably cause, um, distractions, and interfere with mission accomplishment (I discussed this issue regarding Navy ships here).
  • Accommodating the personal…

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