Women Closer To Combat, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 14 2012 @ 3:00pm

A reader writes:

I want to comment on Santorum's 2193035wars have been fought. We no longer fight linear battles with clearly defined front lines and areas to the rear devoid of enemies. Now there are no front lines, and every area can be vulnerable to attack.  A supply convoy comprised of men and women is just as likely to be attacked and forced to fight as an infantry patrol comprised of all men. In some cases insurgents are more likely to attack the supply convoy because they know they are not trained to fight as well as an infantry unit might be. I serve in a Military Police unit and women have been able to serve in the MP Corps for quite some time now and they regularly see combat, yet the MP Corps has been able to survive and function without all the men becoming emotional messes.

Another adds:

Women have been assigned combat missions without the training that the military requires for male soldiers to do the same actual job. This is pure negligence. There is effectively no question as to whether America will allow her daughters to fight for her; the question is now will America train her daughters thoroughly to fight for their own lives and others'?

(Photo: A US military police woman stands guard close to a gutted car with diplomatic plates, destroyed after a hand grenade was thrown at it close to the US-controlled central press center in Baghdad on July 14, 2003. The vehicle, which bares Tunisian plates, was parked when the grenade was thrown. No one was injured in the incident. By Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)