Untimely Observations

Warrior Girls

The American armed forces are becoming a sick joke.

No better is this expressed than in the Army’s selection of “Sergeant” Sherri Gallagher as its Soldier of the Year in this year’s Best Warrior Competition. The Army’s glowing coverage of this historic event can been seen here:

As Debbie Schlussel points out, Sherii-With-Two-Is is an Affirmative Action champion if there ever was one. She is 5’4,” petite, and looks like she’s 14 years old in her official photos. She would, no doubt, succumb quickly to an actual (male) warrior in a starring contest.

Girl Warrior

But the undeserved quality of the award is only the beginning.

The idea of putting females in combat—or promoting them as “warriors”— is such an affront to the tradition of chivalry and deference (not only in the West) that it astounds me that Red America still holds the armed forces in such esteem.

And the Sherri Gallagher case isn’t just sickening—it’s a joke.

In her interview, Gallagher talks about how “fun” and “exciting” the Best Warrior competition is. She evinces the giddiness of someone who knows she’ll likely never have to bleed or die on the battlefield. In Iraq and Afghanistan, women make up 2.4 percent of casualties, though they comprise 16 percent of the fighting force. The Army is not quite perverted or stupid enough to begin sending young ladies out on missions to kick down doors and defuse IEDs—“soldiers” who would, no doubt, begin shrieking at the sign of blood as well as periodically have to take time off from warring due to the natural cycles of womanhood.

No feminist has yet protested this conspicuous under-representation in injury and death. And if women actually did start dying at the same rate as men, we’d, no doubt, hear howls from the Left about the “exploitation” of women by chauvinist generals.

Women warriors don’t simply weaken the ideals of chivalry and manhood—which, no doubt, still stir in the hearts and minds of many male soldiers—but, indeed, turn them into liabilities. One could easily imagine a man endangering a mission or the lives of his platoon by foolishly/heroically attempting to save a woman imperiled on the battlefield in order to prevent her from falling into the hands of the enemy.

Writing of the execution of Marie Antoinette, Edmund Burke cried, “I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult.” Burke feared chivalry might have died with the ancien régime… Whatever the case, when warriors become genderless state employees, any evocation of the Old Ways falls on deaf ears.