Rational Americans, Irrational President

Do not take “boots on the ground” off the table regarding ISIS (AQI, ISIL). Don’t take any element we have off the table, not military, not diplomatic. That is the advice of our most distinguished four star generals, of Ambassador Crocker, and many “think tank” experts.

The men and women who care about our security, as well as that of the entire world, are doing everything within legal bounds to move this country in the right direction. Instead of taking the advice of our experts, Obama is taking a poll.

General Zinni is right when he says in his interview that good leaders do what’s right, even if it’s unpopular. Our current president is not a good leader. In fact, every member of the committee spoke to Mattis as if he were still in command. Perhaps wishful thinking on their part.

Here are videos of two of these great men, General James N. Mattis, USMC (ret) and General Anthony Zinni, USMC (ret). They both commanded CENTCOM, they both have great intellect regarding national security matters, they both have the respect of Middle East leaders. The president should take the advice of these men. He should also unleash General John R. Allen, USMC (ret) and let him make a success of our international effort against ISIS.

You can read my Favorite Four Star’s testimony or watch the video below. James N. Mattis testimony before the House Intelligence Committee 09/18/2014

I bought General Zinni’s book, Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win Or Lose Off The Battlefield, last night after I watched this video. General Zinni speaks strongly about our moral interest in fighting ISIS. He’s quite correct.

My comments on : Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry By Capt Lauren F. Serrano

The prowess of our military female is not in question. They can kick ass.

Members of the I Marine Expeditionary Force Female Engagement Team perform combat marksmanship training with their M4 Carbine assault rifles at range 407 here, Oct. 26. The training is designed to develop, sustain and improve individual defensive combat shooting skills in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Members of the I Marine Expeditionary Force Female Engagement Team perform combat marksmanship training with their M4 Carbine assault rifles at range 407 here, Oct. 26. The training is designed to develop, sustain and improve individual defensive combat shooting skills in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

A well considered, professionally crafted essay by Captain Lauren F. Serrano, USMC. Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry

It’s a fact of nature that women do not belong in combat units alongside men. You cannot legislate biology, although “politically correct” politicians use the rhetoric of women’s equality in combat to secure their own political power. They do it at the expense of our war fighters, and they don’t care about needless injuries, deaths, rapes, success of our combat units, or our national security, as long as they get re-elected.

With that said – make no mistake, if you take away our men and make it so women have to do combat, we’ll annihilate the enemy. Female Marines are quite capable of closing with the enemy and being deadly, even if they may sustain more injuries. The resolve and prowess of our female warriors is not in question, female intellect is not less than that of our males. This is a practical matter of the biology of the sexes.

If you don’t want to read the whole essay, please read the conclusion below.


Marine Corps infantry is not broken, so let’s not “fix” it. Women should be incorporated into the infantry if they can provide additional support to the infantry mission, thus filling a gap in the needs of the Marine Corps. Until that gap is identified, I do not believe it is in the Nation’s interest to allow women in the infantry. Most importantly, the incorporation of women takes time away from training, jeopardizes readiness, and puts undue strains and requirements on the unit. National leadership should be more concerned with ensuring the Marine Corps infantry units are as strong as possible to fight our Nation’s battles, not with avoiding a difficult EO debate, promoting a particular political agenda, or maintaining a certain public image. Above all, preserving national security should be the driving factor of infantry policy change.

Now, on to care packages.

We are prepositioning troops in Kuwait – oh yes were are, I have sources all over the world. Obama won’t call it prepositioning, but that’s what it is. This means it’s time to ramp up support of our troops. I’ve started laying in supplies and making things that my Marines have requested over the last decade, my unique sewing kit, my combat pillow, and I’ve started testing a new berry, nut, coconut, protein power bar recipe. They’re only for my “cookie monster” Marines I’ve known forever, they ask for them. Please don’t send homemade food to our warriors unless you know them.

Drop by Anysoldier.com and get names and addresses. Send Marty some money so he can maintain his great site.

Write good letters. See my post here on that subject.

Retired Marine General John Allen Still Serving – Thank God!

Allen visits DFIP Photo credits at the end of this post.

According to The Military Times: Former Afghanistan commander John Allen to coordinate Iraq, Syria effort.

Obama has had the counsel of two other exceptional Marine four stars, James L. Jones, and James N. Mattis. He disrespected their expertise and tossed them aside. Do you suppose he’ll give Allen the respect he is due? Will he listen to this experienced Marine?

Lord I hope so! We’re in serious trouble with the Islamic State and they’re just the tip of the iceberg. More on that later.

Godspeed General Allen.

Photo credits:
Photo by Staff Sgt. Faiza Evans taken 04.14.2012
U.S Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander, International Security Assistance Force, visited the Detention Facility in Parwan, April 14, 2012, to observe the Detainee Review Board process and to award deserving service members with his commander coin. Guiding the ISAF commander through the visit was the command team that oversees all detention operations in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber, commander, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435; Air Force Brig. Gen. Dash Jamieson, deputy commander, CJIATF 435; Michael J. Scionti, civilian deputy, CJIATF 435 and Col. Robert M. Taradash, commander, Task Force Protector. This is Allen’s first visit to the DFIP since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Afghanistan March 9. The MoU calls for the transfer of detention operations from U.S. to Afghan control by Sept. 9. In this photo Allen, Navy Capt. Scott J. Laurer, legal operations director, CJIATF 435 and Taradash tour the facility.

I Weep

ra1I haven’t said much lately but I must weigh in on this.

Marine Sniper Involved in Controversial Video Found Dead

1 – The frenzy over this video was utter BS.
2 – Marine leaders, and the President, should have stood up for these Marines and not cowed to political correctness.
3 – The population at large has no concept of what it takes to be a Warrior. To be in close, personal, life or death combat.
4 – The people appalled by this video are simpering ninnies who are incapable of protecting themselves, let alone our country.

Yes, I’m pissed. Every time one of my precious Marines gets screwed, I get pissed.

Rest in peace my magnificent Warrior!

The Next Commandant

111028-M-AR635-011edit1-300x200So I came home to several more emails asking me what I think about Tom Ricks’ opinion that General James N. Mattis, USMC (ret), should be reactivated and made Commandant of the Marine Corps. Okay, so I’ll bite.

Of course Mattis would make a fabulous CMC. He’d make a fabulous president, secretary of state, or whatever job you threw at him.

But why on earth should we go outside the active service for a commandant? What about all the other great Marine general officers still on active duty?

Are we to infer that Ricks believes all active Marine General officers are incompetent? Ricks’ premise is insulting to the other Marines capable of running the Corps, and why is Ricks the authority on this?

Oh, he’s not, he’s just stirring up some poo get readers, as usual. (I have a long memory, betraying one of my intel Marines for book sales in late 2006 puts one on my creep list for ever, and I’ll never fail to bring it up when it’s appropriate.)

So, I’ll mention two (of many) Marine general officers that have qualities I’d like to see in the CMC. Perhaps neither of them are senior enough yet, but they fine examples of the great leadership in our Marine Corps.

MajGen Vincent R. Stewart – As a BGen he was Director of Marine Corps Intelligence. That’s really a two or three star job, but if you filled it with a higher ranking Marine you would likely not have one experienced in intelligence. So, the Marine in that position has to conduct business among the higher ranks and not let them push him around. That’s an excellent trait for a Commandant.

MajGen Lawrence D. Nicholson – When Mills took command in Afghanistan from Nicholson I was writing to a SgtMaj under Mills. I told the SgtMaj that I’d like to put his photo on my desk in place of Nicholson’s. I like to keep my current Marines in Afghanistan on my desk so I remember to pray for them each day. The SgtMaj informed me his photo could go up along side Nicholson’s but not in place of it because Nicholson was one of the greatest Marines he’d ever served with. The SgtMaj isn’t the only one I’ve heard that from, hence I believe Nicholson is respected by the enlisted Marines. Oh, and having lived through being bombed in Iraq, we know he’s extra sturdy too!

That fellow Eisenhower thought he could push around, David Monroe Shoup, once wrote in his field notebook sometime during Tarawa, “that if you are qualified, fate has a way of getting you to the right place at the right time”… 1. I never get tired of citing that passage from Utmost Savagery. Now then, that’s what happened the last time Mattis was mentioned for CMC, his qualifications were more urgently needed at CENTCOM. Now I’m quite sure that the ghosts of Shoup, Daly, Puller, Diamond, et al, will ensure that fate does it’s job and places the right Marine at the helm of the Corps.

So I say to all the Marine general officers, there are plenty of you to choose a good Commandant from, and I mean that without slight to General James N. Mattis, USMC (ret).

1Col Joseph H. Alexander USMC(ret), Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa (New York Ivy Books), 51.

Rational Thinking Regarding the Middle East

I watched retired Marine General James N. Mattis’ speech given in November 2013 during an awards ceremony at the Foreign Policy Research Institute last night and of course I find that his rational approach to everything engenders my trust and true hope for a better world. Even as the selfish behavior of our politicians and aggressive acts by our foreign enemies try to destroy us, people like General Mattis and members of our military too numerous to list, provide the steadying hands that guide our country and the world toward civility and justice.

The whole speech is enlightening, you should watch the video too. Here’s my two paragraph take away.

Regardless of how our economy and energy infrastructure continue to develop, we must remain engaged in the Middle East. We have steadfast allies in the region that deserve our reciprocity, economies around the world will always be impacted by the pricing of Middle East oil, and there are plenty of terrorists and bad guys in the region that will attack us. Even if we should become energy independent, we cannot isolate ourselves against terrorists and acts of war initiated abroad.

We have a serious problem here at home. Our politicians are doing a poor job of running our country. Events like the shutdown of the government for two weeks sends the signals to everyone in the world that we are in turmoil. Our allies believe we cannot support them and our enemies see us as weakened.

Summary of his points:

♦ We must look at the Arab Spring for what it is.

We should not lose confidence that good things will evolve from it. This uprising is not necessarily a rush to democracy in the way we think of it. It is a response to the breakdown of the social contract between the governments and the people.

Many Arabs are fed up with unresponsive and unjust governments and in dealing with this “they do not have the tradition of democracy, and they do not have many of the things you and I associate with the rule of law.”1 They are building new foundations in an uncertain environment, thus there will be setbacks and problems along what is sure to be a tough road.

We must be patient and not blow things out of proportion. “Each country will manifest it’s future along the way.”2 General Mattis cited the events in Yemen over the last three years as proof that progress toward a fair and just government can be made in the face of the worst conditions.

♦ Our enduring interests in the Middle East3.

Even if we become primarily energy independent, as it appears will happen by 2017 or 2020, we will remain tied to the global economy. Oil prices set in the Middle East will effect the price we pay to do business in the world, even if it doesn’t set our internal prices for energy.

Our allies who have stood by us, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and others can only be committed to supporting us if we firmly stand by them as a friend, and we must do this during the bad times as well as the good.

Violent extremists can hit us from any place in the world, they managed to make spectacular hits on New York City and Washington D.C. from a half a world away. We cannot isolate ourselves and not be vigilant for such strikes against us.

♦ Our policy regarding the Middle East.

Many countries in the Middle East are undergoing political reform and our policy is to support it at their own pace without imposing our will upon them.

We also support economic reform in these countries so that the average citizen can feel as if they have a stake in their future.

We support our allies against bellicosity and terrorism. The Big Bad Wolf on the block is Iran and even though we must continue pursuing a diplomatic solution, we must also be prepared in the event of it’s failure. Even though yesterday it was reported that “the size of Iran’s most contested uranium stockpile has declined significantly for the first time in four years,” they are deceitful and we cannot allow them to obtain a nuclear weapon for they will certainly use it. If you nuke one part of the world you nuke the whole world. (Can we say “On the Beach” by Nevile Shute?)

However, our military can be used to further the diplomatic solutions by buying time. For example when Iran declared it’s intent to mine the Persian Gulf thus threatening to halt petroleum shipments to the world, CENTCOM, under Mattis’ command, initiated a mine sweeping exercise in the area that was joined by 29 countries across the globe the first year and 35 the second year. The exercise stopped Iran’s threats and diplomacy continued.

One major challenge for the U.S. is that our allies in the Middle East doubt our reliability. This is based in part by the fact that we have an unsustainable economy that’s getting worse, and our government has been unwilling to to deal with this. Without a strong economy we cannot support a strong military to protect us, let alone help our allies. Our global position is in decline.


Our government, for nearly a decade now, has done nothing to help our economy and has proactively done things to damage it. How can America be strong when our own politicians refuse to come to the table and negotiate with each other? They have spent the decade aggressively dividing the American people – both parties, and they have damaged our credibility with our allies and weakened our stance against our enemies.


I had the opportunity to attend another Mattis event this afternoon at Rudder on the campus of my goddaughter’s alma mater, unfortunately business got in the way. For me, one of the best parts of his presentations at educational institutions is watching how he engages the students and spreads his rational character.

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1 FPRIVideo, (2013, Nov 18). Reflections of a Combatant Commander in a Turbulent World – Keynote Address by General James Mattis, 11 minutes 28 seconds in.
2 Ibid, 12 minutes 46 seconds in.
3 Ibid, 14 minutes 50 seconds in.

Exploiting the Disconnect Between America’s Military and Her Civilians

Thursday I watched Tom Tarantino the Chief Policy Officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America speak about the cuts to veterans benefits passed by Congress last year. These cuts were engineered in secret by Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA).

This disrespectful action, will save only a pittance in tax dollars, and will cost us dearly in the long run. Could it be that these politicians decided to leverage the military-civilian disconnect to strengthen their political careers? I think so.

Why are veterans due enormous respect?

Our veterans, without ever personally knowing you or me, pledge to risk serious impairment or death, to protect all Americans and our right to get up every morning and live free. They spend their careers being prepared to die for us at any time.

If a veteran never goes to war to defend us, their lives and families still incur more stress and hardships than other American families. They train constantly and their training is realistic so that when they do engage in combat they will be superior. That realism is seriously hard on bodies, not at all like working out in a gym or mowing the lawn.

Frequent moves are also incumbent to life in the military. Children often change schools and friends every few years causing disruptions to life that civilians usually do not incur. Veterans and their families pay a high price for our protection in many ways, thus we owe them a huge debt.

The veteran does not impose upon me how I should live my life. He or she only pledges to give everything they have so that I live unfettered by thugs, terrorists and those who would end my freedom.

The enormity of my statement is lost on a large percentage of our society, and I fear that won’t change any time soon without a catastrophic event, something cataclysmic with immediate effect on a majority of Americans.

Now then, why are Americans so disconnected to the importance of our military, and why will it take a vicious wake-up call to change that? Well, the disconnect between American civilians and the military has always been there. It seems more apparent now because never before in human history, thanks to the internet and cellular phones, have so many people been globally connected by a system that allows anyone to have high visibility. This gives ideological extremists a larger grasp on public opinion.

Part of the problem is that in the last sixty years, primarily through advertising and media support of ideological extremists, we have encouraged people to react and not respond. Response requires one to think before they act, and that is the enemy of those who want to easily control people. In today’s world, control over people’s minds is as easy as a well crafted emotional tweet.

Over the last half century we have supplanted true education with experimentation measured by false metrics, entrusted the teaching of morality to staged reality shows, and replaced traditional dinners, where families sat down together and bonded over nourishing meals prepared from real food by our mothers, wives and sometimes dads and brothers, with easy, nutritionally poor, fast food eaten in noisy restaurants or in front of the television. We’ve allowed our culture to be eroded and the underlying message is that our children are not important enough to invest our time and effort on. Is it any wonder they spend most of their their time with their heads in their phones and tablets?

Of course not all Americas are this way, and some only practice a few of the things that damage our culture. But the net effect is a society where the percentage of people raised without positive traditions and culture has increased to a level where they have significant power and the ability to not only influence American public awareness and opinion, but to make it in accordance with their current whim.

So if a member of the military commits a crime it get’s blown out of proportion. For example, the incidence of rape in the military is lower than that of society at large, yet Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) went ballistic on a four star general last March during a congressional hearing on military funding. She hijacked the hearing and with highly irrational ranting and made it seem as if rape was endemic to the military.

Senator McCaskill was on camera and her outrage was being broadcast for all the world to see. Methinks she was trying to persuade her female constituents that she was being a good steward of their interests by beating up any military man she could find. It was her TV show and she was going to get good ratings no matter who she harmed in doing so. The hysteria in the media over a perceived military rape fest continues today, even though the numbers show a woman is less likely to be raped if she’s in the military.

How do we insulate ourselves from this sort of behavior? Short of a national catastrophe, the only way to return our nation to a society of rational people, and diminish the gulf between American civilians and our military is through education.

Over the last six decades we have failed in educating our children. We must return to true teaching that includes helping children become self-reliant, our traditions have to be more than a fast food meal, and rather than simply paying lip service to the many cultures that make up America, we have to respectfully include them.

The starting point is making our public schools a safe place where discipline and study rule the day. But our public schools are a joke. We must change that and we should take a heed of Dr. Condoleezza Rice’s grandfather’s dedication in furthering the education of poor black children. He sought funds from any source he could, he insisted on new, up-to-date materials for his students, he went door-to-door in poor neighborhoods and spoke with parents about the importance of sending their children to colleges, and he went to the colleges and secured places for his students.1 We must find the kind of zeal and love he had for black children, and apply it to all the children of America.

Without the kind of hands-on dedication that Dr. Rice’s grandfather had, we will, as a nation, become more and more irrational, governed by only our emotions, be prey for every tyrant and bully who wants to control us and make us slaves, and we will continue to fail to appreciate those who give us our freedom because we’re not thinking about anything but the incident of the moment. It would be sad if we only come to our senses after we are viciously bloodied by some despot bent on destroying freedom.

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1 Condoleezza Rice, Extraordinary, Ordinary People, (Delacorte Press 2010), Kindle e- book, locations 238-255.

Photo Credits:
Jan 25, 2014 – Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif. – – Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif. – A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, waits to ascend the first of many hills during a grueling hike, with 90 pound packs, at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif. To gain an expeditionary mindset the Marines and Sailors of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines and Ragnarok Co., 2nd Marine Logistics Company, conducted a 10-day field exercise, which consisted of long range day and night foot movement through extremely rugged terrain with drastic elevation changes and tested the Marines’ endurance. – Photo By: Staff Sgt. Steve Cushman

Women in Afghanistan

130311-N-WJ362-040 An Afghan woman speaks during a ceremony for International Women’s Day at the Shahrara Garden in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 11, 2013. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kleynia R. McKnight, U.S. Navy/Released)

An Afghan woman speaks during a ceremony for International Women’s Day at the Shahrara Garden in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 11, 2013. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kleynia R. McKnight, U.S. Navy/Released)

Nice article at Foreign Policy. Leaning Out by Amie Ferris-Rotman. Learn some history of the Afghani women, it’s unlike our Western experiences and should tug at our sensibilities, and our conscience.

How the United States is abandoning Afghanistan’s women

Because many American politicians only care about the rights of people who will vote for them. Any other concern shown for human rights is just lip service – Mr. President.

The Afghan women have seen how our military operates. They see strong men and women working together. They will want to be treated with respect. Our example has been observed and is set in their minds, it cannot be unseen.

Claire McCaskill, please be professional!

The real solution is to make women more capable of enforcing their boundaries.

Last week I watched Senator McCaskill go off on General Mattis about a legal matter concerning rape in the military that my Fave has no jurisdiction over, she did this as he testified before the Senate Committee Armed Services. There are several problems with her behavior that serve only to alienate the sexes and divide them further. I’m going to talk about it.

First off let me say something about my background. When I was little my mom cut my waist length hair to about an inch all over because Vidal Sassoon’s boy-cut was all the rage. When my father saw me, this is what he said,” If I’d wanted a boy I would have sent her back at birth!” My dad wanted me, not a boy.

I was raised by men who valued and respected me. The one time I encountered a sexual predator he came away with physical damage to his private parts because my daddy taught me how to defend myself. Women need to be empowered to do just that – protect ourselves, and not depend on laws that allow us to remain weak. Weakness gets you nowhere except to the bottom of the pile.

I cringed as Senator McCaskill began her irrational and uncontrolled rant. She had no point other than to scold any male in the military, making it appear that she broadcast blame to all, rather than seeking a resolution based on true justice. As well, the venue was not appropriate for her subject. How embarrassing to have a woman behave this way – just the kind of ammo some men, and I mean only some, need to advance the idea that women don’t belong in powerful positions. McCaskill has a unique position from where she could mentor millions of women world wide, yet she wastes it.

The Senator’s resume says she’s an educated attorney, but as I have said before, education is not an indicator of intelligence or the ability to put what has been learned to use in a productive manner. I don’t care that she has a law degree, it doesn’t seem to have given her a professional demeanor . . . you know, the kind that gets things done with the most benefit to all and least damage to anyone. Some educated people are simply hammers who think everything they come up against is a nail, and damn the collateral damage.

With regard to rape in the military, our news and many politicians seem more interested in generating outrage rather than seeking solutions to the causes of the problem. Both men and women are at fault. To imply otherwise is irresponsible. For example, does anyone know how many of these cases involve alcohol? Is that ever discussed? No, the news neatly leaves that information out of most reporting.

The damage from not looking at the whole problem for complete solutions is, that women taught to be weak and irrational by their upbringing, never become educated to believe it’s okay to protect their boundaries – through force if the man pushes it that far. Special laws only make women weaker as they retreat behind them, rather than learning to stand up to their aggressors. It’s already against the law to rape someone, apply the law, and if that 3 star misused the power given to him by the UCMJ, then go after him and not the code that has proven to work well.

One other thing Ms McCaskill, women do need to be better than men, and that will be the case much longer if we are inundated by irrational women in powerful positions. We’re behind the power curve due to our inability to overcome thousands of years of biologically imposed differences. Humanity has finally risen to a level of awareness where women are recognized as worthy of respect by males. That could could only have happened because some of our Western males, like my father, valued females as more than sex objects or servants. Otherwise we’d all be beaten into submission and servitude.

You need to recognize that our Western men have come a long way. Stop beating them up and leverage the ones who respect us to help make women stronger and better. The others will come along over time, but you must be patient and not waste opportunities to prove our abilities and worthiness to the public at large. If you’re angry that that’s the way it has to be, then move over for a woman who can handle the job. They are out there.

Read Bing West . . .

bingBing West wrote a good piece for NRO this morning called Defensive Drift. In it he talks about the clear and dangerous message of weakness President Obama has sent the world regarding our military and ability to fight.

He talks a bit about the early dismissal of General Mattis. I’ll be more blunt than West was about Donilon. Tom Donilon is an arrogant attorney who believes an experienced and well educated Marine General is just a dumb jarhead and couldn’t possibly know anything.

Donilon’s career has been spent hovering behind expensive desks while pandering to politicians for more money. He has no real world experience outside of his protected offices in Washington DC. He shouldn’t be kicking out a Four Star who projects public respect for the president. (Okay, no comments about my capitalization, it’s a reflection of where my respect resides.)

I have to admit, I think the moniker “jarhead” is beautiful. It means the holder of the title has stripped away all the BS and what you have is someone who sees the real facts, the basics, and clearly understands what is required to actually solve the problem. Someone like Donilon is a career con artist who sells a pretty picture that is of no true value. He gets his money and leaves you worse off than before. He has no interest in the well being of our nation, his actions are clear evidence of that.

Moving on . . . West also points out the reasons women should not be in combat with men. It’s not that we cannot be effective in combat, it’s just that nature and biology can’t be undone by legislation. But who cares . . . right? As long as Screaming Suzie Hollywood/Academia and her emasculated men friends get to remake our military so our grunts won’t hurt their tender sensibilities. Appearances, that’s all that matters. Right? Defending our country is only tertiary to appearances and other BS.

Hmmmm, the appearance I like is of a tough, dangerous grunt, with a bearing that casts a shadow of certain death on our enemies. He can’t do that while he’s worried about offending some woman flashing her naked fanny while she sits on the deck of a ship and shaves her legs and then cries sexual harassment – that already happened long before our new inclusion of women in combat. Oh, but it certainly can’t be her fault for parading around half naked on a military ship, after all shouldn’t every ship be a carnival?

Look, I’m as lethal as they come if necessary, but I’m certainly not foolish enough to think that trumps biology. Bing makes the point more eloquently than I do. Read Bing!

That individual right comes at a collective cost. If you’re a grunt, you go forth to kill. That is your mission. You are an animal on the hunt. Once you insert women into male hunting packs, you introduce the complex dynamics between the sexes. In close, primitive quarters with no privacy, there will be instances of friction, copulation, over-protectiveness, jealousies, miscommunications, and resentments. There is a tradeoff between increasing the career opportunities of the individual female soldier and decreasing the net performance of the pack.