Parting gift? Sec. Panetta lifts ban on women in combat; Updated

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:

https://twitter.com/JessaNaomi/status/294176397101002752

https://twitter.com/Amanda_Marie904/status/294179689612853248

https://twitter.com/drjjoyner/status/294176817458343936

https://twitter.com/Neal_Dewing/status/294177013282004992

Others are concerned about the ramifications for women in the military:

https://twitter.com/michaelbd/status/294176203592564736

https://twitter.com/Neal_Dewing/status/294177323463364608

https://twitter.com/ChristaRuby/status/294180303185014784

https://twitter.com/michnic70/status/294180208167235585

https://twitter.com/aramis2377/status/294179591436791808

https://twitter.com/arkanciscan/status/294179368920571904

https://twitter.com/JulieLvsPACKERS/status/294180127582072832

https://twitter.com/Ngaruthi/status/294176264892321792

We’ve got to hand it to Panetta — the man knows how to make an exit.

https://twitter.com/T2_P2/status/294176970856620032

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Update: As usual, there are mixed messages coming out of the reports on the announcement.

https://twitter.com/USATODAY/status/294185823929237504

https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/294185124852035584

https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/294187297560219648

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