Deadly Consequences
September 4, 2013 12:00 ET

Everything You've Heard about Women in Combat Is Wrong

The U.S. Armed Forces are facing a threat to their ability to defend this country as serious as any since Pearl Harbor. But this one comes from their own Commander-in-Chief.

In January 2013, the Obama administration announced its intention to assign women to ground combat units. This decision to violate a virtually universal principle of military practice represents America's craven military leadership's unconditional surrender to the political forces of radical feminism. The implications for U.S. national security are sobering.

Robert L. Maginnis, a military analyst and retired lieutenant colonel, shows how the decision to put women in combat contradicts centuries of military experience, medical science, and common sense. It is the result of feminist ideology run amok.

Addressing all the familiar arguments for putting women in combat, Colonel Maginnis shows clearly and convincingly that none of them can withstand scrutiny. In Deadly Consequences, you'll learn:

  • Why only a tiny fraction of military women are interested in combat duty
  • How our government arrived at a policy that only a few years ago was unthinkable
  • Why the Pentagon's assurances that military readiness will not be compromised are laughably implausible
  • Why the generals and admirals responsible for facing down America's global enemies surrendered to politically influential feminist ideologues without a fight
  • About the horrifying reality of ground combat and its extraordinary physical demands, even in an age of mechanized warfare
  • How physical standards for front-line combat duty will be dangerously compromised
  • Why America's young women are certain to be subjected to the draft

The people who are pushing women into combat fall into three categories -- feminists for whom military effectiveness is less important than ideology, egalitarians who are ignorant of the realities of direct ground combat, and cowards who know better but won't risk their careers by speaking up. They all have one thing in common, however -- they are complicit in the real "war against women."

There is only a little time left for Americans to wake up. What kind of country sends its women into combat? Are we that kind of country?

ROBERT L. MAGINNIS, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, retired from the Army with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He works as a contractor on security cooperation policy, strategy, and training for the Department of the Army and has served as a military analyst for Fox News. Maginnis lives with his wife in northern Virginia.

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