The Military Leadership Diversity Commission released a report that recommended that the Pentagon change its policies to allow women in combat. The Commission reported that despite official military policy, women's participation in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has increasingly included direct combat. The military's failure to allow women to serve in these positions therefore limits women's chance of promotion and would ultimately enable the military to increase the number of women in its ranks.
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, stated, "The artificial, so-called exclusion of women from military combat has resulted in the military accepting less-qualified men in its ranks. This has not only limited opportunities for women but has injured the capabilities of the military."
I believe everyone should have the same options available. That said, the thought of the US government having more bodies to deploy in endless wars of choice does not thrill me at all.
In "Ted Koppel explains they died for oil (and natural gas)" this morning, C.I. had far too many kind words for me. I would say that if either of us made a sacrifice, it was C.I. who has been on the road all but four or so weeks a year speaking out against the Iraq War since February 2003 and that alone is crushing. City to city. Speech after speech. Up at the break of dawn every morning. Jet lag. Travel jonesing. That's before we get into 2004, when C.I. starts The Common Ills and writes (at length) every day, day after day. She has not missed a day since she started. There has been no day off.
Again, if anyone's given all they have in the hopes of ending the Iraq War, it is C.I.
I really wanted to write at length about C.I. To note, for example, that she takes no payment for her speeches on campus or to groups. That she doesn't accept lodging or travel pay. That for eight years now, she's paid all the expenses.
But I'm so tired that from the corner of my eye, it just looked the walls bent. I'm got the flu and I'm really wiped out.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):