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The Exchange: On the defensive

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 01:55

Congressman Paul Ryan says President Obama’s proposed military spending cuts may endanger global prosperity.

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The president. Is devastating military. And geopolitical risk is is -- is on the minds of everybody right now on the way that it wasn't a year ago. With the deepening US involvement in Iraq. Syria. You know what's happening in Russia out of the response so I talk about this quite a bit in my book. In my my concern is that. If America retreats from its place in the world than the world and America will become less prosperous and -- pre. We need to keep the global commons open in free. We need to make sure the rule of law prevails and in order to deal to do that we need to be powerful both at home by having our debt under control and having our economy growing faster making sure that people. Everybody in America is reaching the run of the economic ladder to climb. But we also have to have a strong military. And the president is devastating military he is given I go and it could you tell what how he does this but he's giving us. Eight budget driven strategy for the military not a strategy driven budget for the military in other words he's saying the only thing I really wanna cut in spending in the federal government is a military. Go meet my new budget number military instead of saying this is -- strategy for American foreign policy this is a strategy for a symmetrical threats in the 21 century. Give me a budget to fill that strategy -- -- NASA illustration ministry -- so yeah it's sequestration. On top. And Obama budget that says bring the arming the lowest level since we haven't seen since people will -- to the navy to pre World War I levels in the year forced on a level we've never seen before. What that does is decreasing vacuum in the world that will be filled. By other people in countries that do not share our interests that do not believe and I would say -- the hallmarks of western civilization. Transparent government democracy the rule of law individual human rights -- enforceable contracts. You know common currency free trade. These are the things that make us all as a people more prosperous.

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The Exchange: On the defensive

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 01:55