RT @mpoppel: BREAKING NEWS -- AP: Panetta removes military ban on women in combat, opening thousands of front line positions.—
Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) January 23, 2013
The Associated Press is reporting that outgoing Defense Secretary Leon “Panther” Panetta has ended the ban on women in combat.
This is big news. It certainly took many Twitterers by surprise:
Others are concerned about the ramifications for women in the military:
Aside from the fact that most women in the military aren't actually INTERESTED in frontline combat, great job Panetta. Let's test this out.—
Neal D. (@Neal_Dewing) January 23, 2013
Panetta lifts ban on women fighting in combat. Does that mean at 18 my daughter must sign up for the draft?—
Michelle (@michnic70) January 23, 2013
Women in combat. Stupid idea. The first woman killed in combat, the vagina defenders will have a field day. Thanks, Panetta.—
Julie Betts Piskula (@JulieLvsPACKERS) January 23, 2013
We’ve got to hand it to Panetta — the man knows how to make an exit.
Update: As usual, there are mixed messages coming out of the reports on the announcement.