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Shoot First, Ash Questions Later: Women May Have to Register for the Draft


If the military wanted to keep its move toward women in combat a secret, it should have tried harder. The news that Defense officials were opening up dangerous new positions to females has been swirling around the Pentagon for months. And less than 10 weeks on making the policy a reality, it seems a little late to try and put the lid on the development. Yet that’s exactly what Defense Secretary Ash Carter is doing with a memo leaked to the press this week.

During what has become a very contentious debate, the President’s third DOD chief is ordering a blackout on the discussion in the press. “Until I make the final decision,”Carter warned, “further public discussion of the [Women in Service Review] process is neither helpful [nor] prudent. External communication by any official within the Department of Defense regarding specific WISR deliberation and deliberative documents must be confidential and approved in advance with the Deputy Secretary of Defense.”

It’s an interesting move, but not a surprising one considering how much pushback the Army must be getting for its suggestion that women may have to register for the draft. Branch Secretary John McHugh hinted as much during an interview this week, explaining that “pure equality” would demand it.

As FRC’s Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin pointed out earlier this week, that’s the unfortunate byproduct of opening infantry and other front line positions to women. When the DOD removes the barriers to women serving in all positions, it removes most barriers to drafting them as well. After all, the whole purpose of selective service is replenishing the combat divisions that have had to wage war for prolonged periods of time.

That’s a frightening proposition, as most fathers, husbands, and children will tell you. No wonder Ash Carter is keeping the issue hush-hush. Once Americans realize the gravity of the situation, they may finally wake up to where this feminist agenda leads. What started out as an opportunity for equality will suddenly become an obligation. “Level playing field?” It’s not a playing field — it’s a battlefield! One that women should be protected from — not ordered to.


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