Veterans voice concerns over exploding national debt
Hegseth: Defense cuts won't solve crisis
- Duration 3:17
- Date Aug 28, 2012
Hegseth: Defense cuts won't solve crisis
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Five they bought an -- was to protect our freedom self what is our military think is the biggest threat to our national security after all the other wants US to pick up guns.
They get in get in -- tank if you -- terrorism or even Iran you would be wrong they see our countries taking debt bomb is one of the greatest dangers as we get ready to pass.
They sixteen trillion dollar mark in terms of the overall deficit.
Andreas right now here out on the brand is our old friend captain Pete -- Except -- the army National Guard he's also with the group concerned veterans for America and is an Iraq and Afghanistan.
We're better more in the morning and thanks for having me good to have you you make a great point sixteen trillions in dollars in debt.
If you're that far in debt it's hard -- launch a really good nationally know it really is -- mean our economic strength.
Is what underpins our -- our ability to project to military church and you'd think most -- -- -- -- you know focused on just terrorism -- and traditional threats like Iran nuclear weapons.
But when we pulled them we found out 42%.
Think the economy and 30% think our national debt are the biggest threats that we face to -- They they understand our fiscal mess we have at home eventually is gonna come to roost and we got to do something about it.
Heartless thing to look at that poll right now the greatest threat to national security economy and get a 72% foreign cyber terrorism 43%.
And your job cuts in the military 30% and as it affects China Russia and Iran as direct threats so that is something you guys think about even though you're the one where in the cattle.
It's about no -- aren't seen DNC and shaking the trees to say this -- is unsustainable.
And it leads to the type of things like sequestration.
Which are cross the court.
Board board budget cuts that will -- our military so reforms -- both the defense and entitlements and we want to pound the table to say it's time to get to work something new there's there's a navy -- group out this put out an ad.
That it takes the present it to task for when he's met with a number of foreign leaders he's done a lot of vowing stuff I know you're not part of that organization but you've seen the end -- what do you think of -- the -- -- criticism.
Well the argument they're making is that we should be proud of American except for -- We should believe -- be proud American strength leading from the front matters and is important and that's the overall message they're trying to make.
And -- certainly want that from their commander in -- someone is gonna lead boldly and and not apologize you know we know that the president the United States right now what's leading 2014 of Afghanistan you've -- Afghanistan a couple of times -- would have you heard from Mitt Romney -- do you want to hear from Mitt Romney -- makes.
It makes the guys and women serving feel better.
Yeah it's a complex difficult situation that the first thing I'd wanna hear is that we're gonna get rid of a hard deadline 2014 doesn't mean wanna stay forever because of fight the war would also.
We're seeing to -- the way it undercuts our our mission inability to -- the Afghans don't believe we're gonna be their past when he -- so why would they partner with us instead -- -- to the Taliban for their future security -- -- the reason we're getting -- now by -- our -- Afghan forces that -- training is because they know we're leaving -- look at the watch I -- the Taliban says.
The Americans have a watches but we have the time.
And that's a pretty compelling message for villagers -- got to choose between who support or remember the Afghan army who's choosing what side to go what's -- got to get rid of that deadline -- -- conditions based withdrawal.
So it's on our terms and not based on December 31 2004 when you know all of this stuff because she bent over there for such a long time detonate particular -- -- appreciate it good literature of.