If a woman is physically and emotionally capable of the rigors of combat, she should be given the opportunity to serve. I say that with a huge caveat, though. Gen. Sherman was right when he said that “war is all hell.” This is not something we should do just so we can all brag about how “progressive” we are as a nation, nor is it something that should be done just to be politically correct. It should be carefully studied and done in a way that ensures the mission, whatever it is, can be accomplished. We're not just talking about some philosophical point, we're talking about people's lives. Those who have never served or seen combat have no clue what it's like.
Joe Newby is an IT professional who also writes as a conservative columnist for Examiner.com covering politics, crime, elections and social issues, and offers hard-hitting commentary at his blog, the Conservative Firing Line.