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Ryan Bakken, Forum News Service, Published January 27 2013

Ryan Bakken: Unleashing our toughest troopers

GRAND FORKS - Last week’s decision to allow women in combat is long overdue.

We’ve been taking it easy on our enemies for far too long.

Yes, it’s time that they feel the full wrath of messing with the United States of America.

I’m anticipating a full retreat by the bad guys now that females are ticketed for the trenches. The Taliban will soon become known as the Taligone.

Everyone knows women are tougher than men. Childbirth duty ended that debate centuries ago. No rebuttal can match that kernel of evidence.

So, it’s about time that our defense secretary took advantage of their skill set.

In case you missed it, last week Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the military’s ban on women in combat, paving the way for hundreds of thousands of females to receive front-line duty.

Chafed over the combat restrictions, women have been putting pressure on the Pentagon for decades. The Joint Chiefs of Staff eventually agreed, recommending the elimination of “gender-based barriers to service.”

Those footsteps you hear are the enemy in full retreat.

Unsure? Then compare females to the stereotypical male combat soldier, muscled and tough-talking. You know, like Manti Te’o, the Notre Dame linebacker with the make-believe girlfriend. I had several make-believe girlfriends when I was growing up, but I never killed off any of them. That would be mean.

If Te’o can be used as an example, mental health is more important than muscles, even on the front lines. Once again, advantage women.

Just because women will be in combat, it doesn’t mean they will need hard-nosed drill instructors. You know, like Jillian Michaels, the “Biggest Loser” fitness trainer whose weight-loss plan mostly calls for screaming at her trainees.

No matter how confrontational Jillian becomes, she’s not as tough as childbirth. As noted earlier, childbirth is the tiebreaker in determining toughness. If childbirth was a man’s job, we would have been gone before the dinosaurs.