Gingrich: U.S. Entering Period Of Weakness Relative To Pearl Harbor

Nicholas Ballasy | August 17, 2011 | 8:52am EDT
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( – When asked if he is concerned about Congress cutting defense spending, former House Speaker and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said America is “entering a period of greater relative weakness than any time since Pearl Harbor.”

“I’m extraordinarily concerned about defense. We have now undercapitalized at a time when the Chinese are developing. We could easily face catastrophic results over the next 10 or 15 years,” said Gingrich during an address at the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday.

“We are overly focused on the ability to fight insurgencies and we lack the drive and the energy and the strategic thinking. I talked to General John Abizaid, recently, former head of the Central Command, who made the comment that our strategic deficit is larger than our fiscal deficit; that we’re just not thinking seriously about what’s going on in the world and I believe that we are now entering a period of greater relative weakness than any time since Pearl Harbor which doesn’t mean I’m for the current Pentagon.”

Gingrich also said he does not understand why the U.S. still has troops in Germany.

“I’m for rethinking some of the troops that we have overseas. I don’t understand why we’re in Germany any more,” said Gingrich.

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