Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Every now and then, our government comes up with an idea so stunningly great that you just want to stand up and cheer. Assuming, of course, that you're one of America's many enemies who would like to see our military crippled.
And such is the case with the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, which has produced a report saying (surprise!) we need more diversity in military leadership...which apparently they had already decided when they picked the name for their group. The report asserts that our military leadership is "too white" and "too male," and that women have been held back because promotions and job opportunies are most frequently given to service personnel with "battlefield leadership credentials."
Well, we certainly don't what that! Do we...?
Women have traditionally been excluded from combat roles in the military because they're smaller, weaker, and (statistically speaking) more womanly - which can be distracting at the very least, as well as destructive to the cohesiveness of a combat unit. Moreover, reports continue to cite the growing physical strain on male soldiers who routinely have to carry 100 pounds or more of gear into battle. Add it all up, and it means women's presence on the battlefield (or, heaven help us, commanding forces without experience) is going to cost lives.
Not that that's a problem. After the Fort Hood massacre, Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey Jr, basically blew off the murder of 13 soldiers by saying "I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty here."
Because "diversity" is so much more important than anything else the military does, including winning wars, defending our nation...or staying alive.