Should Women Be Allowed on the Front Lines?

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Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom on Donald Trump's decision to make James Mattis the Secretary of Defense and what role women shouldn't be allowed to hold in the military.

During a press briefing on Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said “If I were a World War II veteran who was drafted by the United States military to go and fight for our country overseas in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, I might feel quite embittered.”

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Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom joined the FOX Business Network to weigh in on why he thinks it is hard for non-combatants like Earnest to understand what it’s like to fight on the front lines.

“Walk in someone’s shoes who lost 400 ship mates on the Arizona or 5,000 ship mates. You don’t have the license to talk about stuff like this. You have no idea what you are talking about. People who have not been in combat, the dirty rotten bloody combat have no idea what they are talking about,” he said during an interview on Varney & Co.

Kallstrom then went on to discuss why he thinks women aren’t fit for certain roles in the military.

“Women are in combat roles, but they should not be in the infantry in the front lines, it’s not a place [for women] and people who have never been there you know, may think differently like Josh Ernest yesterday talking about the bitterness,” Kallstrom said.

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