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As vice president.
Joining us now is congressman Jeff Miller chairman of the veterans affairs committee also a member of the armed services committee select committee -- -- on intelligence.
Congressman good to have you with us.
Lou it's great to be back -- you thanks but let's start with the zero option if we may.
This obviously is.
A trial balloon and effort to prepare the ground for -- May be the president's decision to move things along much faster -- word.
Full withdrawal of all of our troops.
Well I think this is something that President Obama has had his sights on for a long time.
Unfortunately I think if we withdraw too quickly.
We're going to give up a lot of the ground that's been gained by our men and women those that have given their lives and shed their blood certainly a lot of this.
Country's treasure has gone to provide.
The Afghan people the opportunity to stand on their own two feet and certainly to do it.
Too early I think is a huge.
-- And Egypt this president.
Has made no secret that he is a supportive Bob -- Muslim Brotherhood.
Are in the the years and months leading up to more -- ouster but today we learned that they Muslim Brotherhood will be part of the new interim government.
-- -- -- where should the United States -- we have John McCain.
Seemingly speaking for the party.
-- saying that that we should end aid to Egypt we have the president saying that we shall not what is your judgment.
Well ending -- Egypt is a is a political.
Choice that some would want to do and unfortunately I don't think that it is the right move to make because Egypt is critical to helping.
Believe it or not keep the peace.
With a very important -- of of -- in Israel.
Now the issue is I think whether or not.
You call what happened in Egypt the coup and I think by all definitions of it is because the military -- and then.
Took their leader out of office and so most of us would call of the -- even though the president chooses not to do it.
I think the president would want to continue.
Giving aid to Egypt.
I actually support the president in that particular situation but time will tell.
And our military this week begins of -- 600.
Defense Department employee taking eleven on the play unpaid.
Leave days the army announcing it plans to cut twelve combat brigades.
Congressman how can we be and how can this be a car.
Well and we have fighter wings that are on the ground we have ships.
That are staying in the port.
Aircraft carriers and whole battle groups that are supposed to be leaving ports that are not able to do that.
We trying to give the president flexibility within the Department of Defense the ability to move dollars around be able to make savings where they could.
But unfortunately the president has chosen to use the most severe pressure that he possibly could.
To make the public.
A react to what's going all we're trying to make sure that Washington.
Stays within its means and we've got a long way to go unfortunately sequester.
Was the trigger that finally brought everybody to the table.
It brought everybody to the table but I'm not precisely sure what has occurred and who remains at that table.
Or you -- even it's the correct table for them to be -- that.
-- we I think that we are looking blue I'm sorry I I think Tim.
Finally the American public understand that there are those of us in Washington.
That thing that we need to get control of the spending that's been going on here for decades unfortunately.
Some of that spending has been happening within the Department of Defense we think that there are places that you can.
A lesson the dollars that are being invested.
Now right now in certain instances but unfortunately the president says the best way to do it.
Courses to close the White House matures then of course also start -- -- the civilian population.
And having done so.
The republicans' response will be -- that it is good for the budget.
Because you talk about living within our means is as -- people -- as a government.
But then there is no modesty -- constraint on the ambitions and the goals of this government are frankly the administration that preceded it.
Which it puts on rival stresses on armed men and women in uniform.
Either we errors and I am -- no problem if you constrain our military if you also constrained significantly the missions that we asked them.
And we are going through that process right now.
Drawing down in Afghanistan we have removed ourselves from Iraq in places you know here's the president.
Talking about doing something in Syria right now we're -- no appetite for this country do we never should've gone -- Libya in my opinion in the first place.
And so I think that.
The Republican House has been trying to put options in front of us that don't raise taxes which is exactly what the White House wants to do.
In order to get this spending issue under control that a problem that you're talking about.
Not only deals with the men and active duty men and women right now that are in uniform -- also the veterans that are out there today.
And those veterans facing as you well known as chairman of the veterans affairs committees just.
Yeah I mean it is obscene what we're doing.
Excuse me to those veterans.
Who are being denied the benefits we are out of time congressman I want to bring you back soon.
Like to hear your clear well reasoned voices.
-- on these very important issues.
I said that I could go along with the reduction force of twelve combat brigades.
What I meant is so long as we constrained our mission.
I don't I for the life of -- do not know how we can do this storm military.
Given all the challenges that we face and -- all.
That there we find a way to be.
Constrained as well as reasonable.
In assuring the nation.
-- -- work.
And the nation's interest.
It's the only thing constitutional and -- -- supposed to do and that's provide for the defense of the American people and that's we should be doing.
A man congressman Miller as usual thanks for being with us thanks --
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