Elaine Donnelly — Now that voters have disposed of the phony “war on women,” can we talk about real women fighting future wars?
More than 92 percent of active-duty Army women said in a recent official survey that they do not want and would not take direct ground combat (infantry) assignments. Nevertheless, President Obama plans to order women into the combat arms by January 2016.
The Center for Military Readiness has independently obtained and analyzed major research findings so far, and published a 64-page interim report titled “Where’s the Case for Co-Ed Combat?” Respect for military women who have served with courage “in harm’s way” is greater than ever. However, nothing in research findings so far supports the theory that women should be considered interchangeable with men in direct ground combat.
Upper-body strength and endurance are not the only issues of concern, but both are essential for survival and mission accomplishment. In the most physically demanding environments imaginable, it matters that in timed proxy tests simulating ordnance-stowing with 95-pound artillery rounds, less than 1 percent of the men failed, compared with 28 percent of the women.
In another test with progressively heavier weights lifted over the head, 80 percent of men could lift 115 pounds, but less than 9 percent of the women could do the same.
Since fall 2012, 24 female officers have attempted the grueling Marines’ Infantry Officer Course at Quantico, Va. All deserve credit for trying, but only four survived the deliberately difficult first day. Of those, none endured through the entire 13-week course, which involves 20-mile marches and carrying loads of up to 120 pounds.
In 2013, the Marines tried to make three pull-ups mandatory for female basic trainees, but had to suspend the requirement when 55 percent could not meet it. Recent tests have found that on average, men could do almost 16 pull-ups — more than four times as many as the women.
SOURCE: Washington Times.
In the 70s feminists sued the government, demanding that women be drafted just as men. The Supreme Court responded that as long as women weren’t in combat, then there was no need for them to be drafted. Thus began the decades long battle to get women in combat, so radical feminists could eventually force women to be drafted. We are now that much closer to that reality as Obama thrusts unwilling women, mother, sisters daughters into the front lines to die where he was too cowardly to go.
Iraqi jihadists have grabbed 88 pounds of uranium compounds from a Mosul University science lab, but U.S. and international weapons experts are downplaying the possibility the deadly toxins could be used to make a so-called “dirty bomb.”
The material, believed to be low-grade, unenriched uranium mixed with other elements, was taken from a science lab at Mosul University by ISIS, the terrorist group that took over Iraq’s second-largest city last month and has vowed to attack Baghdad. Iraq notified the UN in a July 8 letter which sought international help to “stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad,” according to Reuters, which saw the letter.
Although the material is not believed to be weaponized, and ISIS does not have known missile delivery capability, the theft stoked fear that a dirty bomb – a primitive explosive used to disseminate radioactive material – could be fashioned from the uranium compounds.
Read the full article at FoxNews.com.
Well, I know I’ll sleep better knowing that a bunch of citified, metrosexuals with Art History degrees say uranium can’t harm you. (but a large sugary drink can.)
President Obama told Congress on Monday that he is deploying about 200 more troops to Iraq to bolster security at the U.S. Embassy and airport in Baghdad.
These and previously announced forces are being sent “for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property, if necessary, and (are) equipped for combat,” Obama said in a letter to Congress required under the U.S. War Powers Resolution.
Earlier this month, Obama announced the deployment of 275 troops to protect the embassy.
In addition to security, these troops will provide “intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support,” Obama said.
The president is also in the process of sending up to 300 military advisers to assist Iraq as it battles an invading army of jihadists that has taken over major cities and threatens the capital in Baghdad.
Obama said forces “will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed.”
Read the full article at USA Today.
Violating the law, President Obama released 5 of the most violent terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for a US soldier that had deserted and join the Taliban. And this isn’t from The Onion!
From The Weekly Standard…
The Obama administration announced today that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban for several years, has been freed from his captors. Unfortunately, America is not the only party in this war that is committed to leaving no man behind. So are the Taliban and other al Qaeda-linked groups. But the president did not say who America exchanged for Bergdahl: five of the most dangerous Taliban commanders in U.S. custody.
There are good reasons why the Taliban has long wanted the five freed from Gitmo. All five are among the Taliban’s top commanders in U.S. custody and are still revered in jihadist circles.
Two of the five have been wanted by the UN for war crimes. And because of their prowess, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) deemed all five of them “high” risks to the U.S. and its allies.
However as distasteful as this looks, it’s even worse.
From the CS Monitor…
A federal statute states that the secretary of Defense must notify Congress 30 days before any transfer of prisoners from Guantánamo Bay. The law allows Congress to have a say on whether the detainees could be a threat to national security.
The Bergdahl swap involved the transfer of five mid-to-high-level detainees – including a former Taliban deputy defense minister – to Qatar, yet the White House did not tell Congress what was going on until after the exchange had been made in Afghanistan Saturday.
How could Mr. Obama essentially ignore the law?
They ask as if he hasn’t been ignoring the law for his entire administration.
Multi-millionaire tech entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal was charged with 45 felony counts for a vicious incident where he allegedly punched and kicked his girlfriend 117 times and attempted to smother her.
After a judge ruled the video footage taken from Chahal’s bedroom inadmissible in court and Chahal’s girlfriend withdrew her testimony, he pled guilty to two charges — one of domestic violence battery and one of battery.
His punishment was a mere 25 hours of community service, three years of probation and a 52-hour education course on domestic violence, The Daily Mail reports.
Chahal is a prominent donor to Democratic causes and has visited the White House on two occasions since 2011 to meet with Obama.
Read the full story at The Daily Caller.
The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan confirmed Thursday that three American doctors – including a reported father and son – were killed by an Afghan security guard who opened fire at a Kabul hospital.
The shooting at Cure International Hospital in the western part of the Afghan capital was the latest attack on foreign civilians in the city this year. Two others, including an American nurse, were wounded, according to Afghanistan’s Health Ministry.
“With great sadness we confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack at CURE Hospital,” said a statement posted on the Embassy’s Twitter page. “No other information will be released at this time.”
Afghanistan Minister of Health Soraya Dalil told the Associated Press that two of the dead were a visiting father and son. Dalil added that the other victim was a Cure International doctor who had worked for seven years in Kabul.
Read the full story at FoxNews.com.
And the irony is the surviving doctors then rushed to save the shooters life–because that’s the kind of people we are.