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  •  25 Million added to budget to work on the problem (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not impressed by the men dumb woman smarter argument.  Overall, both men and women have, IMO, close to equal mental capacities.  

    IMO, the US military is about as good as it gets.  Never perfect.  Nothing is.  With something as large ad the military, and given the expansion of their role (which I strongly oppose) and consequent strain on resources, I don't know whether its fair to pick on them for problems in the ranks.  As the comment above notes, half the reported assaults involve male on male incidents.  

    They are trying to address the incident. Recent budget adds 25 million towards the problem.

    For me, the bigger and more important issue is this:  Why is the US trying to police the entire world?  I think that effort is too expensive and doomed for eventual failure.  See, Kennedy The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers.  

    •  It's not about men being dumb (0+ / 0-)

      It's about them being old, out of touch and thus lacking the necessary empathy for the victims. Women, naturally, are more sensitive to these issues because it doesn't require as much empathy, since the idea of them putting themselves in the victims shoes is not a big leap.

      It's no coincidence that where republican  male and female politicians have the biggest break is on these issues, just look at VAWA earlier this year. Almost all the women voted for it, with about 80% of the republican men voting against it.

      •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

        Because in my experience women are MUCH harder to convince than men when it comes to sexual assault.  The female commanders I have worked for have been much tougher questioning victims than male commanders.  In fact most male commanders try to punt to courts martial much faster than female commanders.  Male commanders would rather send it to trial because they know how ugly things can get.

        It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

        by ksuwildkat on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 03:21:25 PM PDT

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