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September 11, 2011

Donald Rumsfeld: Don’t weaken our defenses

By POLITICO STAFF | 9/11/11 12:01 PM EDT

Ten years removed from the Sept. 11 attacks on the Pentagon, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld expressed fears that cuts to the defense budget will hinder the nation’s ability to react to a similar crisis.

Speaking Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” Rumsfeld recalled the day of the attacks – “And then the Pentagon shook and it was clear that America had been attacked”- but also looked to the future of the nation’s defenses.

“Let me make a comment about 9/11 and today. Today, with a debt crisis and a deficit crisis, we are about ready to make the same mistake we’ve made after World War II, after Vietnam and Korea and then after the Cold War — pare down our intelligence, cut the budgets in the Defense Department and think we can get away with it,” he said.

He added: “If we make that mistake again, it seems to me, we’re doing it in an environment that’s notably different. The margin for error for political leadership in our country is different today, because of the lethality of weapons. And if we do what it looks like the Congress is going to do, think they can balance the budget off the Pentagon, I think it will be a tragic mistake for the country.”

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