Are Women Fit for Combat Roles in the Military?

Are Women Fit for Combat Roles in the Military?

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joan E. Kretschmer/U.S. Navy

In other words, are women and men equal?

How can a person not strong enough to do three pull-ups during a drill still be expected to climb ropes, scale walls and do other physically demanding activities in a war zone?

On January 1, female Marines became subject to the new standard of minimum fitness—the same standard men were subject to. One of the requirements was the ability to do three pull-ups. Now, the minimum fitness standard has been delayed, since more than half of female recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, failed the test in late 2013. As the Associated Press reported, this delay “rekindled sharp debate in the military on the question of whether women have the physical strength for some military jobs, as service branches move toward opening thousands of combat roles to them in 2016.”

The length of the delay is indefinite. It will give time for training officials to “continue to gather data and ensure that female Marines are provided with the best opportunity to succeed,” according to Capt. Maureen Krebs, a Marine spokeswoman.

But time has absolutely nothing to do with the differences between male and female stamina. Time, even practice time, will never make up for those differences.

Ever since the Pentagon succumbed to feminist pressures and lifted a 1994 ban on women serving in combat units, military officials have struggled to come up with implementation plans that were gender-neutral. They assured us that standards would not be lowered. The current standard requires both men and women to do a minimum of three pull-ups, although a perfect score requires 20 pull-ups for men and only eight for women. But 55 percent of female Marine recruits at Parris Island couldn’t even meet the minimum. How many women could meet the perfect score required of a Marine?

Expecting women and men to be equal is not good for our military. It’s not good for the men, and it’s not good for the women. Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness and a staunch critic of deploying women in combat zones, said that one result of these proposals will be that “women will suffer more injuries and resentment they do not deserve.”

In a January 2013 article, “America Thrusts Wives and Moms Into Combat,” Trumpet columnist Joel Hilliker wrote:

The average woman is almost 5 inches shorter, with nearly 40 fewer pounds of muscle and 6 more pounds of fat, than the average man. She has less than half of his upper-body strength, 20 percent less aerobic capacity, and lighter, brittler bones. She cannot run or jump as far; last as long; grip as well; push, pull, lift or carry as much. The military has dealt with this by implementing separate conditioning standards for women, by lowering standards generally and eliminating some altogether.Though civilian leaders love to speak of the “new warfare” being a tidy, push-button, technology-driven business, reality has never matched that fiction. War is brutal, physical, demanding and deadly. Politicians can easily overlook that fact in the midst of relative peace. They present their views as support for women, but how can their eagerness to plunge women into the nightmare of warfare be viewed as anything but disregard for women? …Women face greater danger than men in most combat situations. Physical limitations make them likelier to be injured, captured or killed. This reality also endangers the men who are forced to fight alongside them …. And when women are captured, experience has shown that they are treated far worse—unimaginably worse—than male prisoners of war. … The military agency that trains pilots in survival, evasion, resistance and escape as prisoners of war actually includes a component to desensitize male soldiers to the screams of their women cohorts.

This is reality that the Trumpet reports out of love and respect for women. Men and women are equal in their spiritual potential, but vastly different physically and psychologically (1 Peter 3:7).

Ignoring sex differences harms families, military establishments and, ultimately, nations. Understanding them—and why they were put their by the Creator of male and female—helps build harmonious societies which strengthen nations.

For more on this subject and on the difference between the sexes, read “The Vanishing ‘Man of War’” and request our free book The Missing Dimension in Sex.

Where Americans Died in Vain

In Iraq and Afghanistan, Islamists are quickly filling the power vacuum left by the United States.

After a decade of fighting terrorism in the Middle East, the United States is now on its way out. Does this mean the American soldiers who sacrificed their lives died in vain? Consider Fallujah. The United States paid a heavy price to secure that city in 2004. Last week, a rejuvenated al Qaeda reclaimed the city and declared the region an Islamic state.

Here are the articles referenced on today’s program:

Trumpet: “The Head of the Snake”

Melanie Phillips: “Delivering the west on a platter”

Trumpet: “Is Iraq About to Fall to Iran?”

Corruption Threatens Turkey’s Strongman

Corruption Threatens Turkey’s Strongman


Are we about to see a shift of power in Turkey?

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is facing what looks to be the biggest challenge of his 11 years in office. Embroiled in a massive corruption scandal, the prime minister’s cabinet has undergone major reshuffling, and the calls for Erdoğan to step down are resonating in cities across the nation.

The prime minister isn’t the only one who needs to pay close heed to the cries of the masses. Turkey is destined to play a crucial role in the fulfillment of prophecies that will shape the world and affect you personally.

The corruption charges date back to December 17, when at least two sons of high-ranking politicians were arrested as part of a larger operation aimed at stemming corruption within the nation. The two sons are facing accusations of bribery, tender-rigging and illicit money transfers to Iran. The prime minister’s own son, Bilal Erdoğan, has been called on to testify, making the scandal even more personal to Erdoğan.

There is still speculation as to what the immediate ramifications will be for Turkey’s longstanding leader. Erdoğan is a survivor. After more than a decade in office, the prime minister has shown that he has the determination to face opposition. It was only last year that he initiated a brutal police crackdown on protesters in Istanbul in which at least seven protesters were killed. The incident received international attention and condemnation, but Erdoğan held on.

In his 11 years in office, Erdoğan has built Turkey’s economy into one of the most powerful economies in the region. The Turkish lira fell steeply on news of the corruption charges, but it remains far stronger than it was pre-Erdoğan.

The strong-willed prime minister is showing his usual defiance, but is undoubtedly perturbed by the charges and subsequent rioting. When he took office, Erdoğan was seen as the solution to years of corruption under the rulership of then Prime Minister Abdullah Gül. Now the same people who put Erdoğan in office may be wondering if he has now gone the way of his predecessors. There are already rumors that an early election will be called.

Business Insider remarked, “To his conservative followers, corruption allegations could prove more damaging than accusations of authoritarianism.” Erdoğan could now face added pressure from his former supporters in the population and former political allies, aside from the vocal opposition forces.

This is what makes the current crisis much more serious than the protesting and riots in May last year. The prime minister is no longer facing pressure from without on the streets, but within the government as well.

While Erdoğan might swear he won’t be toppled, there are tell-tale signs that he is under great pressure. For one, his defiant speech against opposition was given late at night from the airport, because downtown Istanbul was full of protestors ducking and dodging as police fired tear gas to disperse the mob.

For the government, damage control began immediately after the first arrests. Numerous police and judicial officials have been removed from their offices, and three politicians from the Justice and Development Party (akp) have resigned over the scandal, with other authorities saying that they “have never come across such blatant government meddling with the judiciary before.” There are more signs that Erdoğan’s efforts to keep the corruption charges under wraps are failing. For one, courts blocked a government decree that ordered the police to inform their supervisors before launching investigations.

On December 25, Erdoğan introduced 10 new members to his cabinet, but it may not be enough to convince the public—and more importantly the military—that the corruption has been stifled. Turkey has a history of military takeovers, but the years under Erdoğan’s control have weakened the military’s popularity and ability to interfere. Yet the military still poses a credible threat to Turkey’s strongman.

As tensions rise in Turkey, the threat to Erdoğan’s rule grows. But 11 years of history show that this man isn’t one to go down easily. What’s more, prophecy specifically tells us what is about to happen in Turkey—with Erdoğan in power or not.

Turkey is right between Europe and the Middle East. The Turks hang in the balance between the two regions. A pro-European leader may be all that is needed to tip the nation into European influence. A large-scale government reshuffle could have a similar effect. The eventuality that Turkey allies with Europe despite heavy Islamic influence is surer than most in this world realize.

Bible prophecy tells us that Turkey will take on a strategic partnership with the Europeans. As a literal land bridge between the European continent and the Middle East, Turkey will play a vital role for Europe in securing control of the Middle East (Daniel 11:40).

If this notion seems far-fetched, read Psalm 83:5-8. It states that the Europeans are prophesied to be in an alliance with the Turks, along with a number of other Arabic nations. You will notice the names Edom and Assyria are mentioned. The modern descendents of Edom are the Turkish people, and those of the Assyrians are the Germans. Germany is undeniably the leader of the European Union today and will lead the European power into the Middle East. (Read our booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire for more on this subject.)

This alliance may be formed in the Middle East, but its repercussions will be felt across the world. Psalm 83 is written in the context of the destruction of Israel. This is not just referring to the modern nation of Israel in the Middle East, but to the lost 10 tribes of Israel. The identity of these nations is revealed in our book The United States and Britain in Prophecy. The book is so named because the United States and Britain make up a large part of these lost 10 tribes!

That is why you should keep your eyes on Turkey. God says that the Turks will join with Europe in a terrible alliance. Every revolt in the nation should be watched, because Turkey will eventually find itself in a situation conducive to an alliance against old partners such as the U.S. and Britain. So keep watching, and see for yourself the power of Bible prophecy, as piece by piece, the puzzle comes together, precisely as God said it would.

Russian Bear Maximizes Trade With European Beast

Russian Bear Maximizes Trade With European Beast


Will tense geopolitical relations ultimately lead to war?

“Although all wealth comes from the ground, prosperity and affluence on a national scale always have come also by industry and commerce,” wrote Herbert W. Armstrong in his acclaimed book The United States and Britain in Prophecy. In today’s modern world of commerce, the EU is Russia’s premier trading partner.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the ussr, trade relations between European countries and Russia took time to realign. As the EU expanded with new members states, Russia consolidated. Driven primarily by energy, the ironfisted Vladimir Putin era has brought relative stability, controlled expansion, and renewed power projection.

Recently our editor in chief wrote and broadcast a modern geopolitical exclusive of an end time prophecy in Ezekiel chapter 38. It features a powerful man to lead a combined fighting force of over 200 million set to clash with a beastly European combine (Revelation 17). “When you study these scriptures alongside current events revealing modern Moscow’s imperialist direction,” Gerald Flurry wrote, “you see that Vladimir Putin could well become the leader of that gigantic army of the East.”

In 1997, the blocs entered into a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement which was established as the template for dialogue and trade. According to the European Commission’s website, “One of the main objectives of this agreement is the promotion of trade and investment as well as the development of harmonious economic relations between the EU and Russia.”

From 2010-2012, trade reached a historic high. A year and a half ago, Russia joined the World Trade Organization in an effort to lower duties on its imports, maintain export competitiveness, expand accessibility to its marketplace, and lower the price of goods for the average citizen.

“EU exports to Russia are dominated by machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, medicines and agricultural products. EU imports from Russia are dominated by raw materials, in particular, oil (crude and refined) and gas. The EU is the most important investor in Russia. It is estimated that up to 75 percent of Foreign Direct Investment stocks in Russia come from EU Member States (including Cyprus)” (ibid).

However, the 2012-2013 trade data between the countries reveals which bloc benefits most. Almost 34 percent of Russian imports come from Europe, with 45 percent of its exports entering EU member states. That trade imbalance in Russia’s favor contributes to 40 percent of its total global trade which is earmarked for the Continent.

The economic picture illustrates Europe’s dependency on Russia. Despite cool political relations and euro rhetoric the geographic location and commodities supplied by Russia are simply too much for Europe to ignore.

Trade tension was heightened late last year as economic machinations in Ukraine evidenced the reality of the Russian bear’s power to pressure perimeter countries, former Soviet satellites, into extended economic partnerships. Stay with as we watch the ongoing trade relations between these two economic and military superpowers. Additionally, for the plain truth about Russia, download Gerald Flurry’s exclusive article, “Is Vladimir Putin the Prophesied ‘Prince of Rosh’?

Guttenberg on Putin: ‘Bully of the Year’

The former German defense minister calls out the Russian premier for his authoritarian agenda.

Guttenberg vs. Putin: A Battle of the Titans

Guttenberg vs. Putin: A Battle of the Titans

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Though polite and diplomatic, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s candid, even forceful, message to Vladimir Putin this week was infused with a spirit of confrontation.

There it is, as expected and right on cue: A strongman from Europe, Germany to be precise, has responded with eloquence and force to the dramatic and belligerent antics of Vladimir Putin, Russia’s strongman and a king of the east. Although the well-crafted riposte, delivered in the form of an opinion article at Time (“Putin Is Basking in an ‘Astonishing Leadership Vacuum’”), was polite and prudent, it was also uncompromising, candid and forceful. There was also an undeniable spirit of confrontation.

Time will tell, but this article could mark the opening bell of a dramatic—and prophetically significant—battle between two heavyweight world leaders.

Regular Trumpet readers won’t be the slightest bit surprised to learn the author was Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. Germany’s former defense minister is an individual we have long eyed and repeatedly identified as a likely candidate to be the prophesied strongman of Europe.

(It’s not insignificant that Guttenberg teamed-up with Russian Garry Kasparov, a chess grandmaster and the former world chess champion, and an active critic and political opponent of Vladimir Putin. Sharing the byline with one of Putin’s most outspoken enemies was a symbolic gesture and gives the message added zing.)

Russia’s president has gotten the message, no doubt about it.

We’ll catch the highlights of Guttenberg’s article in a moment, but first, consider a few recent statements from Gerald Flurry, the Trumpet’s editor in chief. Mr. Flurry has watched Putin for years, and in recent weeks has delivered some powerful and important forecasts about Russia’s president, both on the Key of David television program and on this website. In particular, Mr. Flurry has warned specifically that Putin’s behavior—especially in Ukraine—would arrest Europe’s attention, compel Europe to integrate, and result in the prophesied emergence of a strongman on the Continent.

In early December, Mr. Flurry wrote that Putin’s behavior in Ukraine “rattled some European leaders to their core.” “America is sleeping through the Ukraine crisis. But Europe is deeply alarmed by what happened to this country that is right in its own neighborhood! The changes this crisis provokes in Germany and Europe will shake the nations! The Ukraine debacle has taken us a giant step closer to World War iii!” In the conclusion to that article, Mr. Flurry warned: “We need to watch Vladimir Putin closely. I believe he is almost certain to be the ‘prince of Rosh’ that God inspired Ezekiel to write about 2,500 years ago! We need to watch what is happening in Russia and how Europe responds to it. Daniel 11:44 talks about ‘tidings out of the east’ troubling Europe. Mr. Putin’s tactics in Ukraine, Georgia, the Middle East and elsewhere are already deeply troubling to Europe. If you study Moscow’s foreign policy under Putin’s leadership, it is plain that the ultimate goal is to eventually conquer the whole world. Europe is certainly aware of this goal and is closely watching its neighbor to the east.

This forecast was consistent with what Mr. Flurry and the Trumpet have stated for years: That the belligerence of Vladimir Putin and Russia would act as a catalyst for the unification of Europe and the emergence of a strongman in Europe!

With these words in mind, consider some of the statements from Mr. Guttenberg.

Since Vladimir Putin’s official return to power in 2012, the Russian president seems to have set his mind on teaching the rest of the world a few simple lessons. First, that he shall not be underestimated on the international stage; second, that Moscow will keep reasserting control over what it considers to be its legitimate sphere of influence for Russia; and finally, that he shall do whatever he pleases at home. To convey his message, Putin has supported a murderous dictator, lectured the U.S. about multilateralism, blackmailed his neighbors into accepting Moscow’s ironfisted embrace, inflamed anti-American and anti-gay sentiments, and brutally cracked down on dissidents.

You have to admire Guttenberg’s candor and fearlessness. Unlike so many others, this man sees reality, accepts it, and isn’t afraid to talk about it openly and honestly. He understands human nature and the nature of geopolitics. Unlike America’s leaders, he also understands Russia and Vladimir Putin. His honesty has a refreshing appeal. “When it comes to the honorable title of Bully of the Year, the Russian president surely triumphed in 2013,” he wrote.

Guttenberg explains the central cause of Putin’s jingoism. “The primary reason for Putin’s self-aggrandizing behavior is the astonishing leadership vacuum in the world,” he says.

That is a direct criticism of America, the unambiguous world leader since 1989—and he is 100 percent right!

Guttenberg continued: “Washington’s recent preference to let other nations, including Russia, lead on international affairs has eroded the U.S.’s authority.” Russia’s return as an imperialist power is a direct and immediate function of America’s immoral and toothless foreign policy.

Guttenberg’s most profound—and telling—remarks concern Germany and Europe, and how the Continent needs to (and is) responding to Putin’s behavior. “A somewhat overlooked aspect of the contest over Ukraine is the role Berlin has played in it. Germany is the country that has often emphasized the importance of building bridges to Russia, and has come up with policies like ‘change through rapprochement.’ But by now, Putin’s zero-sum game mentality and hard power push have provoked even the otherwise not-so-confrontational German chancellor to take action” (emphasis added throughout). He then noted a few practical ways in which Berlin has responded to the Kremlin’s incursion into Ukraine.

But notice the language and tense: Putin has already “provoked” a response from Germany!

Guttenberg continued: “While scoring a probably Pyrrhic victory, Putin has alienated an important partner. Ironically, he also achieved what no pleas from the U.S. president or fellow European leaders could do: Germany finally assumed leadership on a difficult foreign-policy issue.”

Guttenberg’s invocation of the term “Pyrrhic victory” is interesting. A Pyrrhic victory is a triumph that comes with devastating cost, a victory in which the victor is injured so badly it ultimately ends with his defeat. Guttenberg, it seems, believes there will be fatal consequences for Putin and Russia. When you read between the lines of that statement, one might conclude Guttenberg was actually delivering a warning to Putin. Something akin to, “your actions will come with a heavy price.” You can be sure that statement won’t be lost on Putin!

Sometimes it’s difficult, at least from our vantage point outside of the halls of power, to know precisely how Europe is reacting to Russia’s rise, or what conversations Putin’s actions have inspired inside Europe. It’s hard to ascertain exactly how Germany and Europe are reacting to Russia’s rise. This makes Mr. Guttenberg’s response so significant and informative. This man is close to Europe’s decision-makers—and he’s telling us that Europe has taken notice and is responding.

“As for Europe,” he wrote, “it finally seems to recognize that it needs to be capable of taking care of its own neighborhood. The frozen conflicts in the post-Soviet space have been ignored for far too long. Why did it take a war in Georgia to realize that Tbilisi required more assistance from Europe?” Europe, according to Guttenberg, is now awake to the threat posed by Russia. Get this: “Russia’s behavior toward Ukrainemight hand Europe an opportunity to become more united and effective in its foreign policy.”

This is exactly what Bible prophecy says will happen!

I’ve danced only through the highlights of Guttenberg’s piece. You need to read the whole thing for yourself. And after you’ve read it, watch this Key of David program, and then read “Is Vladimir Putin the Prophesied ‘Prince of Rosh?’” It’s not just the content of Guttenberg’s article that is remarkable—it’s the timing as well!

Mr. Guttenberg concluded his article with a question: “How will the EU and the U.S. react to the—probably inevitable—rise of the Russian people? Let us hope they are not too meek to stand up for the universal values on which they were founded.” It’s classic Guttenberg: eloquent, polite and diplomatic, seemingly non-confrontational and free of drama. But read between the lines; think on the message. Those are fighting words. It’s essentially a battle cry to America and Europe to “stand up” and confront Vladimir Putin. Bible prophecy says America won’t listen. But Europe will—and already is!