Steve Almasy from CNN emailed last night for an interview about Women in Combat. Unfortunately, it was after my bedtime so I missed his email until this mroning. It looks like he just took some quotes from the blog for his article today;
Jonn Lilyea, one of the founders of the military blog “This Ain’t Hell,” wrote that he thinks it was an “ill-considered decision.”
Lilyea, a former sergeant who fought in Desert Storm, wrote that he is opposed to women in combat units, not because women are a distraction but because he thinks the Army and other services will be required to accept more women than are qualified or can be trained.
“If we’re doing this to make the military better, fine, but if we’re doing it just to beat our collective chest and show how just we are, then that’s how a lot of body bags are going to get filled,” he wrote.
Of course, my quotes were embedded in the article between Tammy Duckworth and Kayla Williams, two of the VoteVets alumni. Neither are in uniform. I asked one of my Facebook friends who is also a VoteVets alum if she was going to reenlist now, and she never responded. I noticed the newsies are all getting quotes from women who won’t be serving in combat arms units. I don’t see them asking women who are currently serving any questions – women who potentially might be forced into those combat arms units if the social scientists don’t see the numbers they want to see.
I think that’s where the story is, not with us old washed up former soldiers who aren’t going to have this policy forced down our throats.