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There's a new battle brewing on Capitol Hill tonight and the safety -- -- troops.
Is at stake now to the super committee deadline is -- -- the race is on to block these automatic cuts that lucky again.
To our nation's defense budget many Republican lawmakers already taking steps to stop the 500 billion dollars saying cuts -- Lieutenant colonel Oliver North joins us now colonel Lawrence welcome good to have you here tonight.
-- great to be review unfortunately the building right behind me here and our -- news studios in Washington.
They're all going home on vacation right now but the 90000 Americans serving in harm's way in Afghanistan the 25000.
That are left and Iraq.
They're still in harm's way and these guys are gonna end up cutting their budget.
I yes I mean that managing a point and there's a lot of people who.
Really wish that they had been able to come to some kind of conclusion here in the super committee is being called anything the super at this point.
And that could reduce cell you feel has seriously put our defense budget.
What I do believe it because it's one point one trillion dollars that's not just the 650 people -- fifty billion people keep talking about.
And there is a real and present danger from Iran North Korea China some -- that was addressed in the debate this evening.
We've never before this armed in the midst of war and the probably -- left this president says he's gonna veto any measure that would reverse it.
It's the largest defense cut in military history it won't yield just the smallest military force since before World War II.
We're looking at ten to 20% cuts in military and DOD civilian personnel.
Military military construction cuts which leave unfinished buildings and bases in -- course weapons systems like ships -- are gonna get finished.
He can't -- in -- and in sale three quarters of a ship you can't build enough F 35 joint strike fighters.
Do research and development on everything from new any aircraft it.
New air to ground missiles for the predators 3% in the next generation of these so called drones and it can't upgrade or M one tanks are built ground combat vehicles it goes on and on him and what they've done is basically left us in harm's way.
You know Rick Perry tonight as said that he believed that Leon Panetta -- should resign.
And because the president is not willing.
Two you know allow any sort of what kind of an extension.
This plan and then he really intends to allow these fans has -- it what do you think about that.
Well you know he's not the first one -- suggests that in fact there's other people are not talking about that inside the five -- waste basket all the Pentagon.
There's a lot of concern that this secretary of defense ought to resign to show his support for the military that he -- he's in the national command authority.
He knows how devastating this is those are words that he used catastrophic.
And what some are suggesting is that there's a way to spread that 650 billion in additional cuts over the rest of the federal budget it'll never get through the senate and we know what.
Unfortunately these guys in the building behind me.
Have forgotten that the words provide for the common defense are in our constitution.
-- the word entitlement is not.
-- just saying.
IE you know Newt Gingrich was asked tonight a a fifteen.
Would be in favor.
Defense cuts are feeling completely rule them out as a matter of course he said no I would not and -- and one of the things that bothered him.
Is that it takes and in some cases fifteen to twenty years to put a defense program into place.
Any says you know apple can turn around their new product in in sixteen months while once sometime.
Yes well and of course he has more experience and all the rest of those candidates -- that putt from I'm not sure we should admit to watching that other network.
But I did watch the debates he has more experience in national security affairs that all the rest of the candidates combined.
And he's right you can't just turn on -- -- off like that.
So you grip and then that there are some pride that -- shouldn't take that long fifteen to twenty years -- Mubarak and that there are cuts that could be made an offense that would go to that and not to the bottom line for our soldiers.
But what we have already done is cut it by -- and fifty billion dollars we're not gonna add 650 billion in new unanticipated unwanted.
And quite frankly I think unnecessary cuts and it does put us in jeopardy ballistic missile defense for the American people.
Is gonna stop dead in its tracks -- -- very quickly tell me about the race that they have diner restaurant -- -- it's for -- word -- POW MIA is provided by the National League of Families it's a holiday season Martha.
Hopefully we will never forget that we've got an American who's been missing since 30 June 2009.
He's held by their Connie -- so the 25 infantry division.
And hopefully that somebody in Pakistan knows the American people -- -- inform her safe return and solid.
It by him and his family in our thoughts on this Thanksgiving and happy Thanksgiving GO current American Lindsey F thank you --
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