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The Fla. Republican, who served over 20 years in the military tweeted, "Women in combat billets? Another misconceived lib [liberal] vision of fairness and equality."
The very conservative and outspoken West then continued his rant on Facebook, writing:
On SecDef Leon Panetta's statement re: opening up direct combat billets to women. First of all, women in combat zones are serving in combat and the new 21st century battlefield means anyone outside of their FOB( Forward Operating Base) will potentially be engaged in a combat situation.
However, to make the insidious policy decision that we shall now open up combat billets to women is something completely different. GI Jane was a movie and should not be the basis for a policy shift. I know Martha McSally, have known women who are Apache and Cobra helicopter pilots, and served with women who were MPs, but being on the ground and having to go mano y mano in close combat is a completely different environment.
Source: Black America Web