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Gates: Defense Cuts Show ‘We Are Not Interested in Protecting our Global Interests’

With global instability and insecurity, now is not the time for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s proposal to scale back the military, says his predecessor. Past cuts to the budget came when the world was a “safer place,” Robert Gates told Fox News Sunday.

“No one can make that case now,” he added, pointing to escalating situations in Russia, Iran, Syria, and North Korea.

“I think cutting the defense budget in significant ways right now is a serious mistake. . . . Frankly, the pace at which at both the Europeans and the United States are cutting their defenses . . . certainly sends a signal that we are not interested in protecting our global interests.”

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