Mariam Al Mansouri was a teenager when she set her sights on becoming a pilot for the Armed Forces. But there was one little hurdle she had to wait several years to overcome – no women were allowed to join up. She bided her time by spending several years working for General Command before becoming the first woman to join the airforce when the academy finally opened its doors to female recruits. [The National]
TODAY ON Morning Joe, Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador to the United States, confirmed that Major Miriam Al Mansouri, an F-16 pilot, flew in the initial mission to strike ISIL targets in Syria. On Fox News Channel on one male anchor saw was boobs!
Twitter exploded in twitpics of Major Mariam Al Mansouri, with the press curiosity forcing the U.A.E. to acknowledge the milestone.
Bret Baier tweeted a confirmation of this historic achievement made by the U.A.E. on Wednesday, but the country’s government had not publicly acknowledged this important step forward for Arab and Muslim women until Thursday on MSNBC.
As is always the case with Fox News Channel, as Bret Baier reports, some jackass takes away, this time it was Eric Bolling of “The Five.”
“Would that be considered boobs on the ground or no?” – Eric Bolling, co-host on The Five
Kimberly Guilfoyle quickly let Bolling know she was not amused.
From the Washington Post:
In earlier interviews, al-Mansouri has insisted that she received no special treatment because of her gender. “Everyone is required to have the same high level of combat competence,” she told Deraa Al Watan, a U.A.E. magazine.
It’s not clear how vital her and her compatriots’ efforts were in the air campaign against the Islamic State, which is entrenched over a vast swath of territory in Syria and Iraq. More important was the sheer fact of her presence. “While Arab participation in the strikes is of more symbolic than military value,” writes the Wall Street Journal’s Ahmed Al Omran, “analysts described it as a bold move for a group of countries that for long preferred to act via proxies instead of any direct involvement.”
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