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The Right has, predictably, been going nuts over the Pentagon announcement to let women try out for combat roles in service to their country. For instance, Heather Mac Donald of the National Review said, "The Pentagon must think we are done fighting real wars.€ Why else would they let women play army?"

The right wing infatuation and slavish devotion to everything Israeli should inform them that women are as capable of high level combat performance as men. However, when you have supposedly smart people like Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, saying things like this, it just blows your mind: [in Israel combat is] "very near hometowns and home territory." "I think there is some utility in looking at these other militaries, but we need to bear in mind that there are some important differences in their security requirements and our own..."

So, in Isreal, combat is "very near hometowns and home territory" so female fighters can what? Excuse themselves to go to the ladies room? Run home to mommy if they get hurt? Come on O'Hanlon, snap out of it. Don't buy in to the right wing freak-out.


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