In an interview with CNN, Monday morning, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson to discuss his comments on what he called a “social experiment” when it comes to allowing women to enlist in combat positions in the military.
Host Jake Tapper asked retired Army Major General Robert F. Dees about Carson’s statement and said that the positions would have to be based upon their ability to do the job, saying, “Everyone is not good at everything.”
The retired general then said he would side with Carson on the possibility of going back to the days of “don’t ask, don’t tell” when it relates to gay or transgender military personnel.
“Well, I think the first priority again is cohesion, and the second priority would be that the commander-in-chief listen to the best military advice, so on a number of these social issues the best military advice has been thwarted and the administration has said, ‘Do this, do this, do this,’ apart from military and defense considerations as a priority,” said the general.Tapper asked Carson if he agreed with the general’s remarks, Carson said:
“One of the things that I learned in a long medical career is that you make decisions based on evidence, and not on ideology. So, yes, I would be willing to sit down with people from both sides and examine the evidence and make decisions based on what the evidence shows.”
I guess Carson and the retired General don’t care about the years of studies and evidence that led to the eventual decision to overturn the bigoted and hateful rule in the first place, along with all the recent evidence that shows no negative effects of the new rule.
You can watch the interview below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZrcv6323aw
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