They are gutless because in the past people have lost hard earned careers over shit exactly like shitcanning those that don't qualify, but have the politically correct plumbing or pigment.
The fist in the face incident must have caused palpating of epic proportions. One protected class vs another. Which to side with?
Than that makes them doubly gutless, the career driven ass-wipes who'd favor their own skin (i.e. their precious careers) over the security of the nation which is what this boils down to. You say they gave Manning a break because of his "gender issues" and the blowback they believed they'd get had he been discharged. I say bullshit they had plenty of rope to hang him with on its own merit and you, Q, you're just scapegoating women for this mess. Mighty disengenuous of you.
As far as punching the co-worker who happened to be female in the face I doubt he'd ever had the guts to punch a man, so a woman it was.