Sen. Jim Inhofe says not to expect ‘broad opening’ of roles for women in combat; Sen. John McCain tweets support

Defense Secretary Leon “Panther” Panetta grabbed the spotlight earlier today with his surprise announcement that the Pentagon would lift the ban preventing women from serving in combat roles, but Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) wasn’t happy that Congress wasn’t briefed on the news first.

Not that Army veteran Inhofe is opposed to the idea of women serving in combat; rather, he’s afraid the lack of details means that “a broad opening of combat roles for women” isn’t likely anytime soon.

Briefed or not, Inhofe’s colleague Sen. McCain was quick to lend his support Pantetta’s decision.

I respect and support Secretary Panetta’s decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat. The fact is that American women are already serving in harm’s way today all over the world and in every branch of our armed forces. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice, and our nation owes them a deep debt of gratitude. As this new rule is implemented, it is critical that we maintain the same high standards that have made the American military the most feared and admired fighting force in the world – particularly the rigorous physical standards for our elite special forces units.

Inhofe himself noted from experience that men and women have similar skill sets.

  • TheAmishDude

    If it’s such a great idea, how come Obama didn’t make it part of his platform and run on it, rather having Panetta announce it on his way out the door.

    The passive-aggressive presidency strikes again.

    • Jack Deth

      Hi, Amish:

      Because Obama wanted to have clean hand when Pantetta’s grand plan goes pear shaped. And it is inevitable that it will.

  • Jack Deth


    As if a combat situation isn’t messed up enough. Panetta has just endangered countless combat soldiers (Male and female) by introducing many opportunities for women soldiers to be taken prisoner or hostage. And used as bargaining chips to release captured Terrorists and/or The Blind Sheik.

    • Guest

      the left views the military as a proving ground for social experimentation. When something goes wrong they simply do not understand why and then they attempt to repair what they screwed up.

  • Kindaconservative

    I find the timing of this surprise announcement troubling. Is there anything going on today that this may take the spot light off?

    • Jack Deth

      Egypt getting better than a dozen F-16s courtesy of Obama and company?

      • Kindaconservative

        Could be, or maybe it was planned in regard to Hillary Clintons Benghazi testimony. It just seems to have been announced in a way that is out of the ordinary for something of such significance.

  • Guest

    If the libtards want women in combat roles allow it with one caveat. Let us not make it optional, but mandatory. In fact let’s bring back the draft and spread around the equal opportunity for everyone; women, gays, transgenders,transvestites, illegal aliens, heck even martians. I am sick and tired of the bs of only optional equal opportunities. If everyone wants opportunity their special interest groups surely want equal responsibilities as well.