Allen West is a sexist? Who knew?
Gee whiz! What a surprise THIS is!
Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) believes women have no place in elite military units, he said Tuesday in a Facebook post accusing President Barack Obama and the Defense Department of enacting a policy change that does not take combat roles seriously enough.
“Being in close quarters special operations combat units is not a social gathering,” he said, reacting to news that women will be able to start training as Army Rangers and Navy SEALs starting in the next few years. “There is no equality in close combat. The goal is simple: you physically overpower the enemy and kill them. Don’t tell me about technology, war is about fighting and fighting is about killing, mano y mano.”
Despite West’s apparent concern about women being unprepared to kill, the standards for females to enter combat units of any sort will not be lowered, meaning that everyone training for the roles must pass the same rigorous physical and mental tests.
The Associated Press reported that military officials believed expanding the role of women could help address the scourge of sexual assault in the military…
West had a different take, seemingly suggesting that putting women in combat roles would only encourage such aggressive behavior, perhaps because males would feel that their “warrior” status was being compromised by their female counterparts.
Oh, I get it now. West is afraid that the “warrior” status won’t mean as much to men if there also are women warriors. Consequently, the men will be more likely to sexually assault women just to show them who the real warriors are.