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  • Exclusive Interview: Sen. Jon Kyl on the Need to Preserve Defense

    Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has been among the Senate’s strongest proponents of a robust national defense. In his role as Republican Whip, he is now leading the charge against efforts to shortchange our Defense budget, and warning of potential dire consequences for national security.

    Kyl spoke at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday as part of its Helms lecture series, where he discussed national security and the launch of Heritage’s Protect America Month.  He explained why the federal government’s constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense must remain a bedrock principle of American governance.

    Asked in our exclusive interview what might happen if the impending automatic sequestration cuts slash $500 billion from the defense budget – in addition to the $487 billion dollars already slated to be cut over the next ten years – Kyl said it would amount to “shooting ourselves in the head,” a reference to a metaphor first offered by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

    “You can save the money in other ways,” Kyl explained. “We’re not talking about not saving the money. Were talking about doing it in an intelligent way, by setting priorities, reducing spending elsewhere so that you don’t have to have the across the board cuts.”

    He also expressed concern about a rising tide of isolationism in the United States, even among conservatives. Kyl insisted that America “cannot just retreat behind fortress America.”

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    12 Responses to Exclusive Interview: Sen. Jon Kyl on the Need to Preserve Defense

    1. Bobbie says:

      When the American administration is this incompetent that they would spend everywhere without focus on their actual constitutional duty, someone has to stop them NOW! Mr. Obama has been allowing money to come and go without oversight in his administration! His czar population shows how disrespectable and unqualified for the job he is.

    2. StopNDAA says:

      Oh PLEASE!This is the guy who defended NDAA 2012 and the unlawful, indefinite detention of Americans by the military! We can now be considered enemy combatants and be indefinitely detained by the military, on orders of the president, with no access to a lawyer or trial by jury thanks to Senator Kyl. He should be charged with treason.

      Understanding NDAA 2012 http://files.meetup.com/1275333/Understanding%20N

    3. BSFURG says:

      OK Kyl we heard you loud and strong now we want to watch youdo what you said… we have enought ppl who think they know whats right and they were wrong so lets see how you work not just talk.. you have millions that will help you but we need to see you work. ANYONE BUT OBAMA IS OUR MOTO GO F ROM THERE….

    4. bsfurg says:

      Why do you let us comment on anything if you wont print it?

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    7. Laura says:

      If we let this huge cut happen, it will be the end of us. We won't be able to get it back. Better to mantain then cut. But who am I?

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    9. Not buying it says:

      Two questions of Kyle,. what are his future plans and what does his investment portfolio look like? No more profiteering, no more foreign interventions and public debts for private gain!

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    11. Ryan says:

      We are facing historically absurd budget deficits. If we don't solve this problem in the next 5 years we can forget about any long term economic recovery. We are running at such high deficits that EVERY division of the government needs to be looked at for downsizing. Yes, that includes the military. If conservatives are going to talk about cutting spending and balancing the budget then they need to be able to back it up by accepting military cuts. gradually raise the social security age to coincide with life expectancy, cut entitlement spending, and cut military spending.

      The amount of money we spend on defense is ridiculous, and is just as guilty for our budget problems as excess entitlement spending. If you are not willing to budge on wasteful military spending then raising taxes have to be an option, so pick your poison. The economy and deficit are the two biggest problems facing America in the current future. Lets not hurt recovery by raising taxes and instead shrink the military industrial complex

    12. Ryan says:

      We are facing historically absurd budget deficits. If we don't solve this problem in the next 5 years we can forget about any long term economic recovery. We are running at such high deficits that EVERY division of the government needs to be looked at for downsizing. Yes, that includes the military. If conservatives are going to talk about cutting spending and balancing the budget then they need to be able to back it up by accepting military cuts. gradually raise the social security age to coincide with life expectancy, cut entitlement spending, and cut military spending.

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