President Obama's push for women to enter combat shows a lack of experience and insight into the life-changing horrors of war violence, says Thomas Kilgannon in a powerful Washington Times op-ed entitled "Obama's War on Women." After conveying the sobering statistics of Afghanistan and Iraq soldiers' battle wounds, Kilgannon points to Obama's policy confusion in pushing for women in combat, then the passage of VAWA, and then against "weapons of war" such as the one used against Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:
On Jan. 24, Mr. Panetta rescinded Defense Department regulations against women in certain direct combat situations. This will not only allow, but will eventually force, women to serve in direct ground combat units. In his State of the Union address, after demanding passage of the Violence Against Women Act, Mr. Obama endorsed Mr. Panetta’s decision and falsely declared that America’s “sisters and daughters…are ready for combat.”
A few moments later, he pointed to former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, whose impaired speech and motor skills were caused, he said, by the “weapons of war.” Despite his plea that “we were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans,” Mr. Obama is sentencing women to Mrs. Giffords’ fate by forcing them to the front lines.
Amputated limbs, traumatic brain injury, suicidal tendencies, direct encounters with the worst of mankind — are these what Americans want for our mothers and daughters? Are these the dreams to which feminists want young ladies to aspire?Radical feminists cheer that they've conquered another obstacle in the war for women's equality. But they may find they aren't so delighted with what they've hoped for, the director of Freedom Alliance says.
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