Zinke’s Statements Against Women In Combat Reminiscent of What Used to Be Said of Black Troops
In an article in the Free Beacon Zinke makes some overtly sexist statements about women to try to make his case that qualified women shouldn’t be allowed in combat roles.
Here’s Zinke: “They do great work and are very professional, but that doesn’t mean they should be the ones kicking in doors or clearing a room,” Zinke said. “Not everyone is going to be a lineman and that’s alright. You need wide receivers, too.”
He continues by saying he is “concerned about the mission and giving our team what they need to win.”
Every branch of the military wants women in combat – except one: the marines. To defend his position, Zinke bemoans the fact that a selectively edited “study” which the Marines conducted internally then leaked make the case that they want to be the only branch of the military that will not allow women in combat, was thrown out because it was widely regarded as flawed.
Zinke’s sexiest statements also fly in the face of some pesky truths. First, the fact that A”merican women have been effectively in combat during more than 13 years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, dying under hostile fire and bombs and winning bravery medals,” as the Guardian reports. Even Zinke’s former colleagues at the Navy Seals announced in August that they would allow women to apply.
As Intelligent Discontent has already pointed out, Zinke’s claims sound an awful like what used to be said of black troops. Following the First World War, the Army War College prepared a report (in 1925) that concluded black troops of World War I were “barely fit for combat.”
Qualified women should be able to serve. Yet Zinke would have women like the two that qualified this year for the Army’s Ranger unit, disqualified simply because they have ovaries I guess. (This year was the first time women were allowed to try to qualify.) Combat service is factored in to whether promotions and job advancement are offered to military personnel – something Zinke appears to oppose when it comes to women.