Obama Ignoring Panetta's Warning?
Brit Hume weighs in
- Duration 1:40
- Date Nov 22, 2011
Brit Hume weighs in
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-- the politics behind all this from senior political analyst Brit Hume good evening Bre X.
-- the Internet are right so these second sequestration cuts coming it to the defense programs they come on top of 450 billion dollars and other cuts where he knew were coming as well.
That's right that there's us department has already in the process as you heard Senator McCain didn't and number but it is 450 billion dollars this would take this up over a trillion dollars in cuts over the Pentagon.
And the president has said if you're hurting -- last night to they'll be no exit ramp from the -- prepared to use of -- to protect these cuts.
And make sure they go into effect.
It's given what Leon Panetta as Defense Secretary said about this it is really unusual for president either party to be so seemingly he'd listen.
-- warnings about national defense because if you think about it.
National defense is perhaps the only function.
That is the federal government's in the federal governments alone.
And you know most presidents sooner or later come around the idea of the morning after I was a robust defense and you have to be careful -- so surprising to me.
Do you find any irony in the fact that the president is now the -- saying that.
If some -- -- go around sequestration and he's not allowed on that eighty easy off -- well.
Consider that this sequestration.
Process this these automatic cuts are a function of the -- of the debt limit increase deal.
And if you remember the president didn't want any cut to set a test of that memory wanted to clean debt ceiling.
He wanted to know spending restraint attached to it he -- it really almost till the end and -- was forced to take hitter we -- run our borrowing authority.
So he had to swallow it now he's been defended all with a veto because the -- the committee failed insisting.
Well we know the senators McCain and Graham are among those on the hill working on legislation to re route some of those defense cuts we'll see Allentown will -- you Brett today.