I actually had to run down the quote. I didn’t really believe this, but, there it is.
Out going Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, a life long Washington insider, recently announced the lifting of the restriction women had from serving in combat roles. Panetta made this announcement alongside Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Logically, the question was asked if this meant that women would now have to register for selective service as all males must…. assuming they make it to age.
Both men conceded that they didn’t know if this move means that women will have to register for the draft with Selective Service, as young men are required to do. “That’s not our operation,” Panetta said, stumbling over his words, then adding, “I don’t know who the hell controls Selective Service, to tell the truth.”
Leon, you, total tool. You’ve been in Washington since the early 70s. Selective Service controls Selective Service!!! They report directly to the president!
The answer to the question is, yes. Women should now have to register for selective service. Which is about time. Should, you never know with the tools in Washington.
he constitutionality of excluding women was decided in 1981 by the United States Supreme Court in Rostker v. Goldberg, with the Court holding that registering only men did not violate the due process clause of the Constitution. “The existence of the combat restrictions clearly indicates the basis for Congress’ decision to exempt women from registration. The purpose of registration was to prepare for a draft of combat troops. Since women are excluded from combat, Congress concluded that they would not be needed in the event of a draft, and therefore decided not to register them.”
As to women actually being in combat, unless things are different now, this will put more American lives at risk. I don’t really have a problem with women in combat, as long as they demonstrate they can do the things their male counterparts can. Sadly, in the Army, men are held to higher physical rigors than women.