Originally published September 22 2015
Navy bureaucrats set to put women in Marine combat roles despite evidence that they aren't a good fit
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) Most Americans would agree that the U.S. military ought to be under civilian control. However, there are times when politics make this arrangement difficult - and even deadly in extreme cases.
Consider President Obama's desire to open all combat positions to women.
Before you assume this is going to be some chauvinistic piece denigrating the females of the species simply because they are females and trumpeting the male as the only sex worthy of wearing a military uniform, take heart; this article aims to examine the available hard data as it is juxtaposed with the president's agenda.
First, consider the data. Recently, the Marine Corps completed a lengthy, multi-million dollar study examining the integration of women into the various combat roles performed by the service. The results were not good.
As noted in the Marine Corps Times, officials concluded:
All-male ground combat teams outperformed their mixed-gender counterparts in nearly every capacity during a recent infantry integration test...
Furthermore, the study results showed that during the months-long study, Marine teams with female members performed at lower overall levels, had more difficulty completing tasks, and fired weapons with less accuracy than their all-male counterparts.
Females also sustained much higher injury rates and "demonstrated lower levels of physical performance capacity overall," the Marine Corps Times reported, quoting officials and test results.
Impugning the process and reputationsIncoming Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, who nearly everyone agrees is a straight-shooting, exemplary, fair-minded Marine, has a problem: Armed with this data, he nevertheless is faced with an Obama-imposed deadline of January 1 to come up with a plan to fully integrate women into all combat roles in all service branches.
Dunford has an option: he may ask the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff to allow the directive to be waived in some instances and for certain Marine combat roles in order to maintain combat readiness.
Here's the fly in the ointment: the bureaucrat who runs the Navy (the Marine Corps is a division of the Navy), Ray Mabus. As noted by the Washington Free Beacon, Mabus has made it abundantly clear that his mind is already made up, "in a naked attempt to short-circuit the review process for Dunford's staff and pressure the Marine Corps before a recommendation gets made."
The Washington Free Beacon further noted in its Sept. 11 report:
He already weighed in on the issue last week, and this morning gave a simply astonishing interview to NPR where he all but said that the Marines who conducted the gender integration study were being dishonest because of their chauvinist prejudices.
Yes, he really intimated that. The Hill reported the same day:
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Friday criticized a Marine Corps study that showed that female Marines in a mixed unit did not perform as well as men in several key areas.
"They started out with a fairly largely component of the men thinking this is not a good idea, and women will not be able to do this," he said in an interview with NPR.
"When you start out with that mindset, you're almost presupposing the outcome," he said.
So, Mabus – an Ivy-league lawyer and former Mississippi governor who had a short stint in the Navy from 1970 to 1972 but has spent the vast majority of his career as a liberal political appointee – has not only prematurely impugned the process by which the study was conducted, but the men and women who conducted it and the service (the Marines) on whose behalf the study was launched.
That kind of political sabotage is unprecedented in the history of the Marine Corps and Navy.
Death sentenceIt doesn't stop there. Commander-in-chief Barack Obama will get his wish; he will see the full integration of women in all combat roles in the U.S. military or at least the beginning of that integration. Mabus, his lapdog Navy secretary, will see to that.
What both men will also see are the deaths of many of those women – and the men they are serving with – if they are ever thrown into combat because the women will have achieved their military status not through physical prowess but via political appointment. The Marine Corps' study bears this out. You'll note from the results that not all men graduated, either.
It is likely that Obama and Mabus will have moved on to bigger and better things by then – multimillion dollar book deals, speaking tours, and perhaps even another stint as a Democratic political hack or corporate shill for Mabus.
Meanwhile, those who they sentenced to death – the unqualified female soldiers and Marines - and those who they failed in battle will not matter one whit to either of these men. Their vocal pledges of allegiance at the altar of the Democratic political machine will drown out the cries and sobs of the loved ones they will leave behind.
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