“GIVEN THE PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS OF THE WAY GOD MADE US”
U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford – who couldn’t even tough out a part-time, politically motivated stint as an Air Force reservist – says women shouldn’t be allowed to serve in combat positions due to “the physical limitations of just the way God made us.”
Oh boy …
“This is not an indictment on women or women’s capabilities but it is a conversation on force structure and morale in elite units in the military,” Sanford said. “Navy seals are elite units. Force recon, I mean you can go down the different groups – Delta Force – they’re asked to do rather miraculous things under really trying circumstances and if things go wrong I’ve got to know that you’re carrying me out or I’m carrying you out if one of us is wounded. Given the physical limitations of just the way God made us, I don’t know you can do that and still project the kind of force that these specialty units do.”
Sanford is responding to the U.S. Department of Defense’s recent decision to open more than 220,000 military positions – including ground combat roles – to female applicants.
One of those applicants spoke with us anonymously regarding Sanford’s statement.
“Tell him I have some lube, a strap-on and a burning desire to walk down the Appalachian Trail with him,” she said.
Sanford, of course, made the Appalachian Trail famous (infamous?) back in 2009 when he lied about hiking it (in reality he was visiting his mistress in Argentina). Midway through his second term as governor of South Carolina, his affair and subsequent implosion made national headlines – knocking him out of contention for the 2012 presidential election and nearly costing him his job as governor.
Sanford did manage to hang onto his job – and actually won back his old seat in the U.S. Congress in a 2013 special election, but he’s a far cry from the principled lawmaker who served in Washington D.C. from 1995-2001.
Contrasting Sanford’s view of women in combat? S.C. Senator Tom Davis, his former chief of staff, who said the DOD’s decision was “appropriate.”
“Women have shown and proved themselves to be the equal of men in combat,” Davis said.
We’re with Davis on this one. If an individual completes the training required for a particular military job – and is deemed capable of performing that job by his or her superiors – then they should not be prohibited from doing the job on the basis of their gender.