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Santorum says women would compromise combat missions

Santorum says women would compromise combat missions

With the US military wanting to open thousands of jobs to women on the front line, social conservative Rick Santorum reacted to the idea today in an interview with Ann Curry on the TODAY show that women would compromise combat missions because men can't stand to see a woman hurt.

“When you have men and women together in combat, I think men have emotions when you see a woman in harm’s way,’’ Santorum told TODAY’s Ann Curry Friday. “I think it’s something that’s natural that’s very much in our culture to be protective. That was my concern, and I think that’s a concern with all the military.’’

Santorum cited the Israeli army’s policy of not allowing women on the front lines of combat to support his stance. On CNN Thursday, he said that having women serve in combat was “not in the best interests of men, women or the mission.”

 The only thing is, Rick Santorum is wrong about Israel.  Israel is one of four developed countries that allows women to serve on the front lines.   Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are the other countries that allow women to serve in front line capacities.
Santorum's comments echo that of Newt Gingrich, who, in 1995, in an address at Reinhardt College said:
If combat means living in a ditch, females have biological problems staying in a ditch for thirty days because they get infections and they don't have upper body strength. I mean, some do, but they're relatively rare. On the other hand, men are basically little piglets, you drop them in the ditch, they roll around in it, doesn't matter, you know. These things are very real. On the other hand, if combat means being on an Aegis-class cruiser managing the computer controls for twelve ships and their rockets, a female may be again dramatically better than a male who gets very, very frustrated sitting in a chair all the time because males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.
Santorum also believes a woman's emotions would cripple her in combat situations:

 

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