White House/Pentagon

April 21, 2013

Gen. Dempsey Says He Will Question Standards That Are "Too High"

The Department of Defense is protesting (too much) that when military women are allowed (actually, ordered) into direct ground combat battalions, they will be held to the same standards men must meet today.  This claim is not compatible with another major social goal of the Defense Department, what former Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen called "diversity as a strategic imperative."

There are seven major reasons why the Obama Administration, including compliant members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are being less than candid about the consequences . . . Read More

December 22, 2011

Update: Military Culture Coalition 2012 Presidential Candidate Survey

In an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board on December 9, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said that he does not plan to change a law mandating acceptance of gays serving openly in the military. Romney indicated that he was "not comfortable with making the change during a time of conflict," but "complicating features" of the new law "no longer present that problem" because . . . Read More

October 31, 2007
October 2002 -  During the congressional debate about Iraq and Saddam Hussein, sovereignty became a major issue. Some members suggested that America should defer to the United Nations in matters involving our military.  Others said that strong alliances are important, but decisions regarding our armed forces must be made by accountable American officials.  Global organizations, unaccountable bureaucrats, foreign commanders, and international courts should not be making policy for America's military. . . Read More

June 15, 2005
The flimsiest argument for women in land combat is the notion that such a policy will improve recruiting. If that were the case, Army officials would have secured official approval for such a plan long ago and advertised the new policy on the Super Bowl. Army recruiting is in trouble, and the same officials who are responsible for spiraling difficulties plan to ask Congress for increased subsidies to cover $40,000sign-up bonuses to attract some recruits. . . Read More

September 4, 2003

The Center for Military Readiness is pleased to report that a lawsuit intended to impose Selective Service obligations on young women has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. 1 

In an 8-page opinion, U.S. Senior District Judge Edward F. Harrington upheld the right of Congress to exempt women from Selective Service registration for a possible future draft. In doing so, the Court frequently cited the landmark 1981 decision Rostker v. Goldberg, in which the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of America’s male-only draft registration system. 2

Judge Harrington stated unequivocally that the Judiciary has neither the power nor the competence to undertake the awesome responsibility to make policy in this area. . . Read More

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