George Felix Allen Disparages Opponent for Taking a Position in 1979 that I Bet You Five Dollars Allen Nevertheless Agrees With Today.
In today's Washington Post, George Allen, who's recently learned that racism
is wrong keeps racists from getting elected, sometimes, has dredged up a 1979 essay from that serious political journal Washingtonian Magazine in which Jim Webb that takes the position that women aren't allowed in combat:
In the Washingtonian magazine article, "Women Can't Fight," the ex-Marine Webb wrote of the brutal conditions during the Vietnam War and argued against letting women into combat. Allen's campaign zeroed in on passages in which Webb described one of the academy's coed dorms as "a horny woman's dream" and said that he had never met a woman he "would trust to provide . . . combat leadership."
We've not read the article, because our microfiche reader is in the shop, and thus can't determine the merits of the argument. I mean, maybe Webb based his determination of female combat readiness on George Allen's sister, and, if so, who could blame him?
Still, if we were advising Webb, we'd tell him to simply say, "I was wrong." Because you know if Allen himself was ever called on the carpet for his opinion on how well women fight, within a week he'd be hosting some sort Rally for Foxy Boxing.