You cannot un-rape somebody after the fact. Nor can you restore the honor of someone unjustly accused and convicted to appease civilian politicians on a rampage.
Too much of the discussion of issues involving the role of women in the military is based on questions about whether women can do the same tasks as men with equal efficiency. The real question is whether either sex functions as well with the other sex around.
If you don't think either sex finds the other sex distracting, you are ignoring thousands of years of experience around the world.
Nobody needs to be distracted in life-and-death situations, where the difference between victory and defeat can be "a near run thing," as the Duke of Wellington said after the battle of Waterloo, which settled the fate of Europe for generations to come.
Even consensual sex among members of the same military unit opens a whole Pandora's box of complications that can undermine the morale of the unit as a whole - and morale can be the difference between victory and defeat, between life and death.
A more insidious consequence of having ignorant civilians micromanaging the military is that the caliber of a nation's military leaders can be affected when generals have to pass through filters for political correctness to reach the top.
That means losing people whose only abilities are in winning wars with minimum casualties, or preventing wars by knowing the right deployment of the right forces.
Top military talent is no more common than any other kind of top talent - and the stakes are too high to filter out that talent with requirements that generals be able to pretend to do the impossible on sexual issues.
Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California. His website is www.tsowell.com.