Skip to comments.Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Statement on Defense Department Allowing Female Troops in Ground Combat
Posted on 01/24/2013 6:32:07 PM PST by Jyotishi
Press Release - Washington, DC Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released the following statement on the news that the Department of Defense will lift the ban on women serving in ground combat roles:
As a twice-deployed combat veteran, I have a firsthand appreciation and understanding of the contributions women in uniform make every single day, all around the world. I have had the honor of serving with incredibly talented female soldiers who, if given the opportunity, would serve as great assets in our ground combat units. It is crucial that we shed light on the great value and opportunities that these women bring.
Today is a historic day for not only women currently serving in our armed forces, but for all of the women who have selflessly put their lives on the line in theaters of war throughout our nations history. Female service members have contributed on the battlefield as far back as the Civil War, when some disguised themselves as men just to have the opportunity to serve their nation. This decision by the Department of Defense is an overdue, yet welcome change, which I strongly support. I look forward to hearing the details of how this will be executed, and will support full and equal access for our highly capable female service members to serve our country in all roles, which will only stand to strengthen our Armed Forces, and our national defense.
This change is a huge step toward maximizing their potential, and honoring the tremendous sacrifices that our military women have made throughout history.
Background on Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard:
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is one of the first female combat veterans ever to serve in the U.S Congress. In 2004, she voluntarily deployed to Iraq with her fellow soldiers of the 29th Brigade Combat Team, eventually serving two tours of combat duty in the Middle East. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate at Fort McClellan's Officer Candidate School, and was the first woman to ever receive an award of appreciation from the Kuwaiti military on her second overseas tour. Congresswoman Gabbard continues to serve as a Military Police Captain in the Hawaii National Guard.
Look, the Jessica Lynch thing failed because even though they tried to hold her up as a hero(heroine), they had to drop her like a hot potato when she testified that she had been raped multiple times by the religion of peace soldiers. They knew that that wouldn’t fly.
So, they need some horribly, critically wounded (better yet . . . killed) female, preferably a he/she that they can build a legend around.
This great! Now my grandson has had his chances of being drafted in the next war cut in half. They are going to add the female population over 18 to the draft boards list, RIGHT?
And of course its about the women, after all thats what is important here.
The other woman captured during the first gulf war was also raped.
Likely it’s also about employment numbers. Obama/Dems appear to be shying away from engagements where combat would be probable.
I prefer the women of the IDF.
Thanks. She supports abortion, so she’s a Hindu in name only.
You’re correct. She shows her conflicts in this excerpt from an interview:
Question: Your father is a powerful politician who has a strong conservative bent and strongly opposes same-sex marriages, abortion, etc. How is it you came to be diametrically opposite?
Tulsi Gabbard: I am committed to preserving a woman’s right to choose. And I want to tell you how I got here. This wasn’t always my position — at one time, I was anti-choice. I also once supported a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
But when I was 23, I went on the first of two tours of duty in the Middle East. Although I had always heard about how most governments in the Middle East maintain excessive control of people’s personal lives, it was still eye opening to see women covered from head to toe with burqa, to meet people living in fear of being persecuted for any activity deemed inappropriate by the theocratic authorities, and to witness firsthand communities torn apart and people living in fear of being killed simply because of their religious beliefs.
In Kuwait, my assignment was to provide anti-terrorism training to the Kuwaiti National Guard. That task meant that I would have to go onto a Kuwaiti military base that no woman had ever set foot on before.
I was expected to train men who had never seen a woman on the base before, never mind a woman in military uniform in a position of authority telling them what to do.
As the Kuwaiti guardsmen walked down the line greeting and shaking hands with the newly-arrived Americans, many of the men refused to shake my hand and walked past me as if I was invisible. They refused to even acknowledge my existence.
As the weeks and months went by, however, and the Kuwaitis saw that I knew what I was doing, that I was a person just like they were, the barriers began to disappear.
I was genuinely moved when, on their graduation day, the commanding officer of the Kuwait army presented me with an award in appreciation of the training I had provided.
It was very interesting to see these men go from forbidding any woman to come onto the base to actually publicly honouring a woman for her work there.
It was heartening to see the veil of prejudice start to lift from the eyes of these men. But that was just one tiny victory, and unfortunately it was the exception rather than the norm.
Many times during the two years I lived in the Middle East, I said to myself, God, I would never want to live in this stifling, suffocating, oppressive society. Returning to Hawaii was indescribably liberating.
Before I had deployed to the Middle East I had sometimes heard people refer to the sweet taste of freedom. But it was only upon returning to Hawaii, to America, that I experienced that sweet taste.
The contrast between our society and those in the Middle East made me realize that the difference — the reason those societies are so oppressive — is that they are essentially theocracies where the government and government leaders wield the power to both define and then enforce morality.
My experiences in the Middle East eventually led me to re-evaluate my view regarding government’s role in our personal lives and decisions.
Slowly, I began to realize that the positions I had held previously regarding the issues of choice and gay marriage were rooted in the same premise held by those in power in the oppressive Middle East regimes I saw — that it is government’s role to define and enforce our personal morality.
The next year was full of challenges and soul-searching as my long-held views were challenged by my newfound recognition of the absolute importance of keeping church and state separate.
I realized that whether or not I would choose to have an abortion ought to have no bearing on another woman’s ability to do the same. And the government has absolutely no business telling either of us what we could do in that intensely personal situation.
I realised that a constitutional amendment defining marriage — even the one I and most Hawaii voters had supported — was anathema to the personal freedom we enjoy in America. And so my positions evolved.
I can promise that when I get to Washington I will fight any efforts to undermine our reproductive freedom. It’s been a 30-year journey from my childhood to this day, and that journey has spanned continents.
My time in the Middle East forever changed me. I understand how precious our freedom is, and that allowing government to dictate these most personal aspects of our lives is diametrically opposed to what makes America great — individual liberty and equal rights for everyone.
The complete interview is here:
‘Concerns of Hindus are near to my heart’ - Rediff.com
Robert Heinlein - 1973
Notebooks of Lazarus Long
“TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE”
“All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplus age, excrescence, adornment, luxury or folly which can—and must—be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function. As racial survival is the only universal morality, no other basic is possible. Attempts to formulate a perfect society on any foundation other than women and children first! is not only witless, it is automatically genocidal. Nevertheless, starry-eyed idealists (all of them male) have tried endlessly—and no doubt will keep on trying.”
Thanks for posting the excerpt.
Thank you posting that. It would seen that she still needs to mature a bit. She apparently has bought the leftist lies that all religions are equal and that religious premised ideas should be given no standing in the debate of ideas in the public square. As such, as far as moral convictions and principles she is but a leaf blowing in the wind. Another that could never defend that endowed all by the Creator because she denies the Creator superiority over the governments of men.
My wife, the ER nurse, said - This will come back to haunt the liberals.
And I thought combat was all about engaging and defeating the enemy. Although this Congresswoman served in the military and was twice deployed, did she ever serve in actual combat. I respect her service but her credentials to speak to performance in combat is as believable as John, I served in Viet Nam, Kerry.
Tulsi Gabbard is highly conflicted and very secretive about her upbringing in a destructive Hare Krishna cult. Until she tells the truth, we must assume she cannot be trusted.
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