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Tom Yossarian Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 11:46 AM
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Women fight, die in Iraq
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Female American troops in Iraq have killed Iraqis with bombs and bullets. They've won medals for valor and Purple Hearts for combat wounds. They've been captured as prisoners of war, killed by enemy fire and buried as heroes in Arlington National Cemetery.

American women have participated more extensively in combat in Iraq than in any previous war in U.S. history. They've taken roles nearly inconceivable just a decade or two ago - flying fighter jets and attack helicopters, patrolling streets armed with machine guns and commanding units of mostly male soldiers. Seven have been killed in combat.

Yet all this has gone largely without much comment in Washington, despite the attention given to rescued POW Jessica Lynch.

Congress debated the issue of women in the military after the 1991 Gulf War, voting months later to loosen the 1948 ban on women in combat. The issue hasn't come up on Capitol Hill this year, however.

More: http://www.pjstar.com/news/topnews/b1pftm0l052.html
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benddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 01:23 PM
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1. This has really bothered me
In all the media hoopla about Jessica Lynch there wasn't one word about the female who became a double amputee because of that same ambush. The sclwm is NOT doing its job.
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Tom Yossarian Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 01:27 PM
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2. I guess the picture of children weeping over the broken body of their
Mother wouldn't help sell the story of how all is peachy and going to plan.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 01:49 PM
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3. the whole Jessica thing sickened me
as a female veteran I found her indulgence in her 15 minutes of fame while her peers are still being killed very, very offensive.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 02:39 PM
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4. She actually, to her credit
set the record straight as how she was used for propaganda

Otherwise I agree

But she was perfect for the Rumselfeld machine, white, blond and almost blue eyes

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Tom Yossarian Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 02:46 PM
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5. Don't you say something on this topic I agree with, now.
(Which I wholeheartedly agree with)

Lynch did the right thing once she was released from her handlers.
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schultzee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 09:59 PM
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7. It took courage for her to tell the truth. And she was seriously
injured and perhaps never be the same.
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cap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 09:43 PM
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6. i notice the right wing is awful quiet
now about women in combat....and women's role in the service. No big media storm now. If they try and pull women out of service, they won't be able to fight the war.
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schultzee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 10:00 PM
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8. The right wing really hates women having independence and
they can't do anything now because they need the women. I laugh at all the anti-abortionist rePiglican men. Not one of them really respects women.
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