Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement Wednesday that lifting the military's ban on women serving in combat positions is a "social experiment" that is not worth the additional burdens it places on the military's leadership.I had somehow forgotten that Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin had invested himself with the Family Research Council. I am sad now because this has forced me to remember that. Anyway, he says America's women can't handle being in combat positions because of, I Shit You Not, "personal hygiene" reasons.
"The people making this decision are doing so as part of another social experiment, and they have never lived nor fought with an infantry or Special Forces unit. These units have the mission of closing with and destroying the enemy, sometimes in close hand-to-hand combat. They are often in sustained operations for extended periods, during which they have no base of operations nor facilities. Their living conditions are primal in many situations with no privacy for personal hygiene or normal functions."Also opposing: America's dumbest ex-congressman Allen West, who himself was drummed out of the military for all that stuff he did:
“GI Jane was a movie and should not be the basis for a policy shift. I … have known women who are Apache and Cobra helicopter pilots … but being on the ground and having to go mano y [sic] mano in close combat is a completely different environment.”That's pretty dumb, all right. Anyone else want to join in? Let's look at some other conservative competitors below the fold.
Classic stuff. But I think "potential challenger" to Sen Al Franken and Concerned Vet for America (conservatives are always so concerned about things) Pete Hegseth may win the prize:
“This is about, the job of the infantry, the job of our war fighter, is to close with and destroy the enemy,” Hegseth told Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly. “How does this move advance that ball down the field?”Opposing all "integration" because it "lowers the bar", eh? I see.
Kelly, a trained lawyer who can hold her own in an exchange of ideas, pressed Hegseth on how it would change anything if women were required to meet the same physical standards as men.
“You know how these things work when integration happens,” said Hegseth, who briefly put his hat in the GOP ring last year to challenge U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (who has endorsed outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s plan). “If it doesn’t happen fast enough, what do you do? You start to lower the bar, or you start to impose quotas.”