All the usual suspects came out of the woodwork when outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta opened up combat arms to women. Not that women hadn’t served in combat before — just ask Rep. Tammy Duckworth about that — but they didn’t qualify for combat infantry arms medals, which froze them out of a number of promotion opportunities. Still, to hear the naysayers at work, women are soft and weak and can’t be soldiers, despite the fact that, well, many of them are.
I’m going to pick on one regressive right-wing asshole in particular: Retired Lt. General Jerry “My God Has A Bigger Penis Than Your God” Boykin, who claims that women should not be in combat because women are a burden. Because, y’know, a woman’s place is in the kitchen, not earning their way in the real world like everybody else. Or some shit like that.
In case you’re wondering who this asshole is: He’s a religious nut who claims he has a photo of a demon over Mogadishu, and who was involved in the fiasco that got dozens of Americans killed in Mogadishu in 1993 for no good reason other than the desire to punish warlords for dissing Americans. He also undoubtedly got lots of Americans killed by, in 2003, claiming that his God was stronger than the Muslim God and the Muslim God is a fake idol. In other words, he’s a crazy religious nutcase whose blindness to that fact has resulted in plenty of dead bodies, some of which were Americans.
So why listen to him? Uhm, exactly! Women have been serving in combat for the past ten years in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where there are no front lines and no non-combatant positions, and it’s about time they get the combat pay and merit badges that goes with it. Assholes like Boykin are probably just irate because if women had qualified for combat duty prior to now, Boykin would have never gotten promoted to being a Lt. General because he was, to put it bluntly, a dim son. So it goes…
– Badtux the Matter of Fact Penguin