January 31, 2013 |
If there's a need, a Chinese entrepreneur will find a way. The foul smog swallowing much of China has inspired one such man to launch a humorous campaign to focus on environmental issues -- by selling canned fresh air. Known for his showman flair, millionaire Chen Guangbiao stood on a Beijing sidewalk on Wednesday handing out cans filled with what he said was air procured from remote areas of the country untainted by air pollution, according to...
January 29, 2013 |
What if, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had accused President Obama of wanting to let servicewomen serve in combat? After all, Obama had hinted as much in 2008. What would Obama's response have been? My hunch is that he would have accused Romney of practicing the "politics of division" or some such and denied it. In any case, wouldn't an open debate have been better than putting women into combat by fiat? You'd think the folks who are always clamoring for a "national conversation" on this, that and the other thing would prefer to make a sweeping change after, you know, a national conversation.
January 29, 2013 |
The U.S. public solidly backs the decision to allow women to serve in combat units, but is unsure whether the change is major or minor, according to a poll released on Tuesday. According to the survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Washington Post, 66% said they support allowing women in the military to serve in ground units that engage in close combat, compared with 26% who said they oppose the changed policy announced last week by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta.
January 27, 2013
Re "Military to lift ban on women in combat jobs," Jan. 24 As a retired service member, I saw numerous changes throughout the period I served, and since the 9/11 attacks each service has faced its own challenges, including simultaneous spousal deployments and cutbacks on defense spending and force reductions. But this administration's use of the military as a social experiment undermines the armed forces' military mission. The military is already dealing with the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" , and now it must open front-line combat positions to women.
January 27, 2013
There are plenty of reasons right here at home to support President Obama's effort to reform the nation's gun laws. But if Congress requires additional arguments, it should consider that easy access to guns is also undermining the United States' avowed goal of combating drug trafficking and transnational gangs abroad. The U.S. has sent nearly $2 billion in aid to Mexico since 2007, much of that as part of the Merida Initiative, a counter-narcotics program designed to provide aid and equipment for that country's drug war. Yet that assistance has been undermined by lax U.S. gun laws, which allow members of the drug cartels and their associates to buy weapons here and smuggle them across the border.
January 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Leon E. Panetta was an obscure government lawyer in 1970 when President Nixon's administration forced him to resign for enforcing civil rights and equal education laws too aggressively - an episode that helped launch his political career. On Thursday, he signed an order at the Pentagon to allow women to serve in ground combat units for the first time in U.S. military history, a goal that aides say he was determined to accomplish before stepping down as secretary of Defense.
January 24, 2013
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta's decision to rescind restrictions on women in combat is being compared to President Harry Truman's order to end racial segregation in the armed services (which took years to implement) and Congress' vote in 2010 to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that allowed for the expulsion of openly gay service members. But in some ways Panetta's decision is even more significant than those earlier actions. Although regulations excluding women from ground combat units date back only to 1994, the practice long predates those rules and reflects notions about differences between the sexes that until recently were almost universally held across a variety of cultures.
January 24, 2013 |
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is lifting the ban on women serving in ground combat units, a landmark decision that will open up some 230,000 military jobs to women. But this is hardly new territory for the ladies of the big screen, where females have been fighting on the front lines for decades. That's not to say these fictional fighters are always on equal footing with their male colleagues. In some films the military heroines spend as much time battling gender barriers as they do fighting the enemy, like Demi Moore's muscled character in "G.I.
January 24, 2013 |
The decision by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta to drop the ban on women serving in combat units received widespread praise Thursday, but also some criticism and doubts from the rank and file about whether it would undercut combat effectiveness. California Air National Guard Maj. Mary Hegar, a decorated combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, said the new policy represented a "culture change" that would make it easier for women to advance their careers and would help the military recruit and retain skilled women.
January 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is ending the ban on women serving in combat in the U.S. military, potentially opening up more than 200,000 positions on the front lines and possibly also jobs with elite commando units. Pentagon officials said Wednesday that Panetta gave the armed services until 2016 to ask for special waivers if they believe any positions should remain closed to women. The decision specifically overturns a 1994 rule that barred women from serving with smaller ground combat units.