Yellow Elephants let Women Fight in Combat
Many Americans who strongly support opportunities for women in the military nevertheless remain troubled by the idea of women, particularly mothers of young children, and especially single mothers, being exposed to the risks of actual combat.
One reason is the perception, at least, that the higher-profile opportunities go to women officers like Kelly Flinn, while nameless enlisted women 'share' the increased 'opportunities' for actual, personal encounters with serious risks, including capture, maiming and death, with longer-term consequences for our society.
I salute those brave American women, as well as the men, who are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous places. We need them there, especially since only women can perform some military police-type functions such as searching other women. They have my undying gratitude and respect, as well as my continued concern for their safety and that of their male comrades-in-arms.
The Center for Military Readiness has taken the lead in bringing this issue to the attention of Congress and the American people. Daily Kos fills in what the mainstream media (MSM) ignores.
In World War II, women were recruited for the Home Front ("Rosie the Riveter") and non-combat positions to "Free a Man to Fight!" Now, is it "Free a Young Republican to Rant?"
I'm 44 and currently too old to serve, although current trends indicate that the Army Reserve may increase its maximum age again this year, from 34 to the current 39 to . . . 45?
Please hurry. I'm ashamed that our country has to consider sending single mothers of young children too close to combat because "girlie-men" refuse to consider serving. I'd rather take that risk myself.
The fact that Operation Yellow Elephant is even necessary is a national disgrace.