Should officials go ahead with military budget cuts?
Cheri Jacobus and Basil Smikle Jr. on where US defense stands today
- Duration 10:46
- Date Sep 11, 2012
Cheri Jacobus and Basil Smikle Jr. on where US defense stands today
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-- -- it's -- question everybody should -- themselves do we really is this is the right time.
What have you views politically but is this the right time to be cutting our military don't we do we actually feel.
That we can deal with less for the military force -- It's a tough it's a tough.
It's a tough choice because many people see this -- entrance between.
Putting money in the military we're finding ways to get people more jobs.
Or its funding schools -- new teacher that is it so it was an extraordinarily a lot of tough choices to be neighborhood as a lot of.
Area between -- but we're not talking about that yeah.
Yeah for sure what is it frustration it is very serious and that again is closing the kind of life ever be built at the Indian the F it.
Maybe do a little -- homework but -- I would recommend that they didn't in this extraordinary.
We're sure what do.
Back to and our legal rights.
Over the last eleven years Basil of one.
And I -- -- judge Napolitano.
In fabulous makeup room hurricane that it clearly that -- -- average -- me.
Com but it I said do you believe -- freer than we will work eleven years ago in the sense of our domestic freedoms he said absolutely not.
We are a lot less freedom we were eleven years ago so a victory for those who wanted to do -- home.
I'm not sure that it is I do I teach a class and public policy and we have this debate all the time it's about liberty vs security.
And I think many of us would rather give up a little liberty to be more secure it's not just the Patriot Act it's not just.
It's not just federal law it's also New York City -- for example putting cameras around the city cameras and parts.
I think we're I think we're OK with giving up a little bit of that part of of our liberties what we don't want I think what people are.
Would respond negatively to.
Is the abuse of that so we obviously try to keep government in check in terms of going a little bit too far but I honestly think if it's not too intrusive Americans don't mind forget.
Secure and I'm one of those -- -- I -- I have no problem whatsoever with anybody wanting to.
Search me in any way they need to to get on a plane -- that keeps us safe and find that doing their job.
I don't particularly mind the fact that -- a walker in New York City I'm going to be photographed hundreds of times today that battle this.
The movement in the line in the sand from me and he gets the drug in my son's bedroom I don't remember like -- -- separate issue the last clippers get rid of those you know traffic.
Cameras that catch you speeding all the time and that's -- that -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- What -- just that'd -- a -- a line in the sand and different people are going to have that different comfort levels.
With bats and I think going to the airport -- fine with that thank goodness.
But I don't necessarily polite people watching me when I'm walking down the -- you know eating an ice cream voters something like that I just did get keeping track of but if you go and doing anything wrong that.
Men and women to have the ability to make that decision if I'm doing something wrong or not I think -- that I don't think you can really -- July.
-- watching people walk down the street that it's hard to detect the the type of I would say.
The security threat that actually isn't that security threat these days and on the titans team that won.
Then -- -- writing in is that Griffin 57 says the Patriot Act essentially repealed the Fourth Amendment.
Strong way of looking at it but some people believe that.
Some people do believe there at the time that he needs a little strong and -- -- mind you I'm I'm a Democrat and -- -- progressive sometimes -- conservative on others.
So little strong but I didn't I do think that there was obviously some significant discussion around this when it was being decided.
Put to be honest I don't know if I feel and most Americans feel -- -- dignity -- since the intrusion of the Patriot Act.
Some may say that they do and they may be some argument there but I don't think we feel it on a daily basis I think as long as that's still true.
I don't I don't really see a significant curtailing or civil rights.
My name is -- at a category at technology.
Gives us so many benefits that we also have to take some of the negatives you that come along with it since -- Again has become so much more technologically based that means that the way we secure -- -- is going to be obviously.
Dependent on technology and that sometimes means things we don't like things I don't like sure.
Now since I don't know I was saying it's it's funny because you're talking about the cameras and maybe you're concerned about the camera zoom in and around New York City -- -- -- -- -- -- Google -- Because you can be giving directions to go somewhere and all of a sudden you see.
Yourself -- barbecuing in your for your hard.
-- it's now part of its its its its Google just giving somebody directions which is not a security issue -- -- but it is the it is a function of technology.
Me and we have.
A military that is being that fighting.
Two wars essentially.
And yet we still faces you -- -- major problems which could explode into another war in the Middle East in which we would.
Need to be involved.
Geo politically in every way Syria who knows what is happening -- what will happen but we know that there are al-Qaeda elements there it could well become a safe haven.
If it collapses completely.
The threat of Iran whether that is imminent as in.
Next month or imminent as -- next year it is a gathering threats certainly.
How do we keep our military.
I'm willing to do what is necessary.
But we fix this problem sequestration -- for.
But I think it goes deeper than that and and -- -- one of those people that I don't quote Ronald Reagan.
-- this might be -- book that peace through strength.
And I think that we have to show our muscle we have to let the world know that we are serious we can't.
Let our allies in the Middle East or anywhere around the world think that -- Not really behind that because well maybe the previous administration was that this one is that -- quake -- tonight.
Because that emboldens our enemies so.
Which eventually need to be just gonna look at in terms of dollars and cents is going to cost us a lot more non dimensional life of our military and innocent civilians.
I should there be -- -- I think you have to again carry that that that big stick.
He meant death and -- it starts with that they have to know.
That this country is serious.
Our own interests and our allies and democracy and that we're not going to put up with that bugs around the world most -- -- -- yup -- cracks in that we have a problem.
No I absolutely agree and that's where go over to -- earlier statement about this the sort of unified front and it's it's typical views certainly.
And look -- I'm not being -- continues -- work -- -- in my opinion Hillary's doing such a fantastic job around the world.
Current and I think for all of the foreign policy successes that the president can take credit for it's it's it's a lot of Hillary's work and to meet with all of the upheaval in the Middle East Egypt to engage in such a strong ally of ours -- -- to see what's happening -- Egypt and who knows what's gonna happen down the road.
With with our relationship there but -- there are so many of these hot -- so I think you're right we have to absolutely be vigilant.
-- -- there are some serious serious questions that should be raised about how much for spending in the military or military.
Because it will if if these powers the -- that we're not seriously will they will act on that.
All right that's the few of our viewers writing in here SS -- Nelson I believe he is.
I says -- -- Benjamin Franklin they who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty.
Nor safety I think that's a paraphrase but it's close.
-- SL -- says you -- room talking to one of our other viewers you always have -- you may not always have privacy.
And necessary Griffin 57 says rights to privacy and -- you.
Joyce he says if you're in public you don't have many rights which is true -- -- -- before I let you go guys.
Just your -- on the how military what they have done the last eleven years and and on this -- -- -- The efforts of Oval Office -- in eleven years ago today.
Phenomenal absolute phenomenon I think that the country is grateful are you ever after 9/11 eleven here's a few days after I was lucky I -- -- their office buildings.
And people had thrown out huge American flags on the side of the building you don't really know where they got their heads even before that I was seeing a little bit corny before that that since then people are.
Openly patriotic and I think -- one.
'cause I would just say yeah I was I was voting -- was a New York's primary I was voting when that first plane hit and and I got the call from a friend of mine who was working a couple of blocks away you ask me fired her what was going on -- back home my TV and -- the second plane hit.
Two days later I was down at ground zero with my former boss Hillary and talking -- first responders and I am so amazed and so.
-- to be to know so many of those first responders they run into danger we're in we're running out of it and there is no way that that.
I don't think there's any way we can fully really -- -- them.
Feel better yes it is we will always owed them I don't want troops a great day.
Of course and that was -- news yesterday that they don't include some more -- in what is confident now.
-- lose first responders who ran into that area are risking their lives in those who have developed various diseases and you have to say it.
Wanna ever illness they go from being that.
They deserve all the medical help we can give them we kind of once again we thank all the first responders and all the troops.
Lost their lives and are still fighting for our freedoms.
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