Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's campaign saw a major shake-up at the end of 2015 as he parted was with former campaign chairman Barry Bennett and appointed retired army general Robert F. Dees into the position with just a month on the clock before the Iowa caucus.
In a recent interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Dees gave us a closer look at his politics by doubling-down on past comments that the inclusion of LGBT people and women in the military (which Dees calls "social engineering") is a failed experiment.
Dees told Tapper that he still stands by those statements: "Everyone is not good at everything. We have tried experiments within the military, such as the role of women in combat."
Alleging that "most" women wouldn't be able to perform military tasks like the often-trotted out example of carrying a heavy man off the battlefield, Dees argued against the changes that allowed women to work in combat positions. (For the record, women have proved themselves more than capable.)
"There are just certain realities where men can do certain things better, women can do certain things better," Dees said. "We don't need to throw everybody into every position as an experiment just because we're trying to be appear to be fair to everyone."
He also criticized the Obama administration for repealing the controversial "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy back in 2011, saying that the president ignored the input of military experts.
While there's been no official confirmation that Ben Carson shares these (regressive AF) beliefs, he said he "would be willing to sit down with people from both sides and examine the evidence," CNN reports. Carson previously said he "liked the old 'don’t ask don’t tell' philosophy.'"
Dees, according to ForeignPolicy.com, also believes that Muslims "pose a threat to the U.S. [and] the military should spread Christianity."