Carrie French, 19, Killed in Iraq
Another woman has been killed in Iraq.
Who is in charge here?
The President said last January, emphatically, no women in combat. But clearly, women are in combat. The military has saluted the Commander-in-Chief, said “Yes, sir,” and then turned right around and sent women into combat. By using the word “attached,” they get around the regulations that say women can’t be “assigned” to a unit with a combat mission.
I support this President; I support this war; I support our troops, both the men and the women. What troubles me is this fiction of saying our policy is one thing — no women in combat — and then doing another — deliberately sending female troops in harm’s way.
In addition to her Purple Heart, Carrie will qualify her for a Combat Action Badge, awarded posthumously. And her death in harm’s way continues General Schoomaker’s Boiling the Frog strategy of legalizing women in combat.
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