Women in combat is just another front in his multifront campaign to be “transformational,” which is to say to change America by removing all traditional institutions: the rights of Catholic employers, traditional marriage, meritocracy in school and work, limited government, the right to bear arms, and the masculine ethos of the military.
The arguments against women in combat and in having too big a role in the military are familiar. They are physically weaker, will create liabilities for those around them, because so many military personnel are young and single they will often create more sexual dynamics and tension, and men tend not to be willing to be as hard-headed in sending women to their deaths and will take excessive risk to avoid that. Finally, women in combat will create an oddly distorted society, where men enjoy video games and luxury while young women get blown to pieces overseas.
The one thing missing from the last 15 or so year’s experiment with expanding military roles for women is the utter lack of a definitive study by the DoD on its impact. Has it worked? Increased efficiency? Created any problems? Of course, the biggest problem is that women in the military and the push for gender equality will degrade standards across the board. Since the median woman cannot run as fast, lift as much, or march as far as the average man, the standards will be reduced across the board, which will also hurt men indirectly by allowing physically weaker men to advance when they would otherwise be limited. The failure to actually look at this issue and its dimensions allows propaganda and wishful thinking to be substituted for facts. Undoubtedly, it would be hard to point to a single woman in a single job and say the mission failed on account of that. It’s more a question of whether we have the best military we possibly can, and high physical, mental, and moral standards are part of that. We have the luxury of a smallish military and can easily fill almost every slot with a man if we chose. But we have pushed women hither and yon, and never once, so far as I can tell, has a neutral study been conducted that said how this has been working out.