Former SEAL Team Six commander Ryan Zinke is blasting President Barack Obama’s apparent willingness to cut defense spending, saying the U.S. Navy “deserves more than the president’s dismissive rhetoric.”
Zinke, a Republican state senator from Montana, tells Newsmax that the prospect of a diminished Navy is “deeply troubling.”
On Tuesday, the Romney campaign released a new TV ad highlighting the differences between the two presidential candidates on defense.
In the ad, the GOP presidential nominee pledges: “I will not cut our military budget by a trillion dollars . . . That, in my view, is making our future less certain and less secure.”
Romney has called the size of the U.S. Navy, currently at 285 ships, “unacceptable.” During Monday’s foreign-policy debate, Obama said the size of the naval fleet reflects changing military needs and technology.
“Well, governor,” Obama remarked, “we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed … The question is not a game of Battleship where we’ve counting ships. It’s what are our capabilities.”
Zinke’s reaction: “His condescending remarks, suggesting that a reduction in our fleet can be compared to having fewer ‘horses and bayonets,’ demonstrates an unprecedented failure by the Commander-in-Chief to understand even the most basic roles and missions of our great Navy.”
Zinke served 23 years with the SEALs and won two bronze stars. He recently founded the Special Operations for America PAC in part to promote a strong U.S. military.
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