Reactions to the Pentagon Decision

Vox Day sees a politically-correct HR bureaucracy appearing soon in combat brigades increasingly filled with women.

Steve Sailer points out that the military is not being sent to win World War II anymore, but is instead getting stuck slogging through third-world hellholes, and as such, women in combat will make little difference in the long run.

Ann Althouse has not yet weighed in with her opinion, but the comment thread features some interesting debate.

Update 1/24:

Victor Davis Hanson makes basically the same case that I do:

In a larger sense, with the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and women in front-line combat units, we have decided that the military is one with all other civilian institutions and without a particular code or caste. Fair enough — in the past, there certainly have been excellent male soldiers who were romantically attracted to one another (cf. the Theban Sacred Band) and plenty of brave and effective female pilots, snipers, and infantrywomen (cf. the Russian front after 1942), and we shall soon discover whether our more recent reluctance to follow those clear examples was absurd.

One way or another, we have now apparently made a number of assumptions: that in the next war we will see overtly gay men and women fully integrated in small ground units amid firefights and carnage at the front; that this will not affect negatively, but more likely improve, U.S. combat efficacy;and that those intolerant reactionaries who object and feel less safe or simply less comfortable will shun the military — and that the military will not suffer as a consequence of their absence, but more likely improve. If all true, then we are onto the brave new world!

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