by Elaine Donnelly
Published by National Review Online, November 4, 2008
When a great man dies, someone is sure to say, "They just don't make them like him anymore." This is true of Gen. Robert H. Barrow, the 27th Commandant of the Marine Corps, who passed away quietly at his home in St. Francisville, Louisiana, last Thursday at age 89. Retired Marine Col. John W. Ripley was another great man who died late last week, in his Annapolis, Maryland, home at the age of 69.
General Barrow was widely respected as the finest man to hold the rank of Commandant, and Marines and Naval Academy graduates everywhere revered Colonel Ripley because of his legendary achievements in Vietnam and the many missions that he accomplished in his life after retirement. We will not see the like of these two heroes again. Remembering both of them as friends, it occurs to me that they worked in different ways to "make Marines," who are following their example today.Read More
Marines Resorting to "Experimental Task Force" Reality Show
If you keep asking questions but don't get the answers you want, keep asking until you do. This appears to be the strategy behind the "Marine Corps Force Integration Plan," a recently established experiment to find something. . .anything. . .that supports the theory that women can "succeed" in the combat arms.
The Center for Military Readiness has produced a concise but comprehensive CMR Policy Analysis presenting the latest information about ongoing "research" on the misguided push for women in direct ground (infantry) combat. After two years of trying, results do not appear to fit the template the Pentagon had in mind:Read More
President Barack Obama is pushing hard for women in direct ground combat units, to include Army and Marine infantry and Special Operations Forces. Under Defense Department mandates for "gender diversity," women will be incrementally ordered (not "allowed") into land combat battalions by January 2016.
Acquiescent military service chiefs keep insisting that training requirements will be "the same," implying standards will be as high as before. However, as the Center for Military Readiness reports in this CMR Policy Analysis, the fine print "catch" is hidden in plain sight:Double-Think About Double Standards"Gender-Neutral" Training To Include Gender-Normed Scores