I am an Air Force veteran and former Air Force officer. I am a woman. I see today's breakthrough in U.S. military gender equality with a jaded eye and a gravely disappointed spirit.
It was one thrill to enter the military when a handful of career fields were open to women. It was another thrill to leave the Air Force after helping to change the field of battle.When I left the Air Force, a handful of career fields were closed to women.
It was one thing to fight the Cold War with the greatest weapon mankind can hold: Mutually assured global destruction. It is different now. We fight the wrong wars based on the lies and desires of self-serving political opportunists and corporate interests.
According to the Mercury News, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said
"Women have become integral to the military's success and have shown they are willing to fight and die alongside their male counterparts."
"The time has come for our policies to recognize that reality,"
It is different now when we look at the possibility of combat roles for women while the U.S. engages in wars based on patently false premises, falls into intractable quagmires and suffers terrible leadership scandals.
America abandoned its contract with injured soldiers years ago and has done nothing of merit to cure the historically shameful veterans claims backlog. Soldiers, men and women alike, are languishing for years without their hard earned compensation and pensions. Americans duck their heads and change the subject.
We have used up two generations of volunteer soldiers and are starting to use up a third generation. It is different now.
Men still think that women will be a problem in combat, even after 12 years of being in combat without credit.
Men will never believe that women can carry the log.
Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, called the move "another social experiment" that will place unnecessary burdens on military commanders.
Jerry Boykin is another unwanted, unelected creep who has nothing of merit to offer this nation but a far worse internal enemy than we are fighting abroad. No one fought in any war for this man to speak with more weight than their elected officials.
Males carry a log.
A woman carries a damn log
"Our military is more capable, and our force is more powerful, when we use all of the great diverse strengths of the American people,"
We are hard up for cannon fodder! We have emptied the national human pantry that once fed the battlefields with breathing, living fighters. That is what is different now.
In one dulled and bitter sense, lifting the ban on women soldiers in combat is a great breakthrough for women's equality. Women soldiers will be able to prove themselves in combat. This will give them an equal career path to promotions and advanced leadership positions in the military.
It is different now. America's soldiers are little more than new age cannon fodder for engagements with the wrong enemies for the wrong reasons.The foolish politicians are too greedy, mentally unstable and cowardly to serve in the military where they could learn the realities of military strategy before they demand military solutions.
"And these conflicts, where battlefield lines are blurred and insurgents can lurk around every corner, have made it almost impossible to keep women clear of combat"
America's political leaders do not even know how to prosecute a war anymore. Things are different.
Until the Veterans Administration becomes a functioning institution again and until this nation engages in battle with vastly more competence and integrity, I can only see the Panetta announcement as a hideously mixed message to the women of America's all-volunteer military institutions.
"More than 280,000 women have been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan or to jobs in neighboring nations in support of the wars. Of the more than 6,600 U.S. service members who have been killed, 152 have been women."
The message is different now. We need more cannon fodder, so we may as well take women to come home twisted and damaged without hope of a functioning VA system. There are too many ahead of them in line and we looted our treasury for the enrichment of the few. Do not look for any meaning to their sacrifices. It is different now. We stopped caring about our reasons for going to war a long time ago.
It's different now. It is all about the corporations and the extremists. Young women and men cannot continue to feed a nation's folly. There will only be equal opportunity to be failed and for the best of America to be used up.