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Marine general John F. Kelly retires.
Nov 09, 2015

In March 2003, as the 1st Marine Division raced up Mesopotamia toward Baghdad, two Marines-turned-writers—Bing West and retired Major General Ray “E-Tool” Smith—accepted a helicopter ride from the assistant division commander, John F. Kelly. Though zipping over the battlefield at 150 feet was infinitely preferable to bumping up a highway in nausea-inducing tracked vehicles, there were complications, as West and Smith later wrote in their book The March Up.

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Obama: 'We Will Not Be Sending U.S. Forces Back Into Combat in Iraq'

11:34 AM, Jun 13, 2014

All options are not on the table as President Obama figures out how to deal with the ongoing situation in Iraq. The president promised not to send U.S. troops back "into combat in Iraq."

"We will not be sending U.S. forces back into combat in Iraq but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq's security forces. And I'll be reviewing those options in the days ahead," said Obama.

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Not Combat Ready

2:08 PM, Oct 22, 2013

It is widely recognized that the effects of the Sequester are felt most emphatically at the Pentagon and in the services. As reported by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. at Breaking Defense, the point was driven home, yesterday, by chief of staff of the Army, General Ray Ordierno, who said:

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Marines to Leave If Women Are in Combat?

7:45 AM, Feb 15, 2013

Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon reports:

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Defense Dept. Rejects Gov't Agency's Recommendation on ‘Sexual Assault Victimization’ in the Military

11:55 AM, Feb 06, 2013

On January 23, news broke that outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had issued a directive that the military's ban on women in combat would be lifted.

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Women in Combat Is Civilizing?

5:17 PM, Feb 05, 2013

In his ongoing zeal to remake American society according to the playbook of those who reside in the faculty lounges of the nation's most liberal colleges, President Obama now wants to engage women in combat with no apparent thought of the wider societal effects of such a decision.  It therefore falls upon Republicans -- senators, congressmen, and governors alike -- to do the thinking that Obama is eschewing, and to make the case to the citizenry why this is such a terrible idea not only for America's military preparedness but for American civilization as a whole.

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Obama: I Won't Hesitate to Send Women to the Front Lines

5:11 PM, Feb 03, 2013

President Barack Obama said today in a pre-Super Bowl interview that he has no hesitation about sending women to the frontlines of combat:

The president was asked, "Do you have any hesitation as commander in chief ordering women into combat?"

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Republicans Quiet on Women in Combat

5:53 PM, Feb 01, 2013

The editors of National Review write:

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Government Report: Women in Combat to Cost Money

8:34 AM, Jan 31, 2013

Ever since outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a week ago that the U.S. military would lift its ban on women in combat roles, the debate, which has been simmering for decades, boiled up again. Much of the argument has centered on cultural, social, and morale-related effects that such a change would bring about, though other practical issues have been raised as well. However, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released just this week may bring some other considerations to the fore, among them, the financial impact.

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Kathleen Parker: Don't Put Women in Combat

8:30 AM, Jan 28, 2013

Kathleen Parker, writing in the Washington Post:


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More on Co-Ed Combat Units

8:05 AM, Jan 28, 2013

An email from a young veteran who's a friend of TWS:

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No Better Critics

9:35 PM, Jan 27, 2013

The case for women in combat units has been, on the whole, a case made from ideology ("Equality requires it!") and from authority ("The Joint Chiefs signed off on it!"). Ideologues and authoritarians tend not to welcome debate on whatever issue it is they're applying their ideology to or invoking their authority on behalf of. The question of women in combat units is no exception, as the proponents have gone out of their way to discourage honest debate on the question.

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Women in Harness?

4:01 PM, Jan 24, 2013

President Obama has released a statement supporting Secretary of Defense Panetta's decision on women in combat units! "Today, by moving to open more military positions—including ground combat units—to women, our armed forces have taken another historic step toward harnessing the talents and skills of all our citizens." Indeed, the president is confident this decision "will strengthen our military, enhance our readiness, and be another step toward fulfilling our nation’s founding ideals of fairness and equality."

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Women in Combat: Be Careful What You Wish For

3:25 PM, Jan 24, 2013

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the U.S. military would lift its long-standing ban on women in combat. The national media, as can be expected, is popping the champagne corks in celebration.

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Proceed With Caution

9:57 AM, Jan 24, 2013

In November, Brookings Institution fellow Michael O'Hanlon suggested the Pentagon move with caution before putting women in combat:

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Jarrett: 'If There's One Thing We Should All Agree On, It's Protecting Women From Violence'

3:46 PM, Jan 23, 2013

Just a couple minutes ago, presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett, who is personally close to President Barack Obama, tweeted, that "If there's one thing we should all agree on, it's protecting women from violence."


If there's one thing we should all agree on, it's protecting women from violence. Congress needs to pass the Violence Against Women Act.

— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) January 23, 2013

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