Republican congressman Duncan Hunter declared Navy Secretary Ray Mabus as "a greater threat to the Marine Corps than ISIS.” What was the reason behind these strong words for the Navy Secretary?
Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Marine veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, thinks Mabus is a threat to the Marine Corps because of his strong support for opening all Marine combat posts to women.
In an op-ed published on Fox News Friday, Hunter said the Marines’ findings that integrated units underperformed compared those with only men were swept aside because they did not fit the White House political agenda.
He went on to say that by opening all combat posts to women, the Obama administration was “ripping apart” the fabric of the Marines and prompting some to leave the service.
“The reason the military is there is not to be a transgender, corporate organization,” Hunter said, referring to the Pentagon’s plans to allow transgender service members to serve openly. “The military is there to execute American policy overseas, protect our allies and kill our enemies. It’s not a corporation. We’re not all treated equal.”
The Republican congressman from California says he is eyeing legislation to try to address women in combat, but wasn't sure yet what that would entail.
This isn't the first time Hunter has taken aim at the Navy Secretary. In September, he called for Mabus’s resignation after his criticism of the Marines’ gender integration study.
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