RUMSFELD: CUTTING DEFENSE BUDGET A MISTAKE

On a visit to Texas on May 25, 2011, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (Fox News, May 26, 2011) discussed President Obama’s desire to cut the defense budget by $400 billion over the next 12 years. Rumsfeld said Obama and those in Congress who back up that idea should learn from the slip-ups of other administrations:

About every 20 years some presidential administration afterward decides they’re going to cut back on defense. And every time they do it, they’re wrong.

The defense budget was cut back after World War II, as well as the Korean and Cold Wars. Now, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, Obama has proposed drastically cutting defense spending in his 2012 budget.

“Every time they do it, they have to go back and fix it,” Rumsfeld stated.

The former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld also commented on Obama’s recommendation to the Middle East of bringing back the 1967 borders involving Israel:

It is unthinkable to try and re-instate the 1967 borders of Israel. It’s not defensible, it shouldn’t be done, and it won’t be done because no Israeli leader can permit it.

He was in Fort Bliss, Texas, to sign copies of his memoir, a New York Times best seller, “Known and Unknown.”

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