Tanks, But No Tanks

  • Aired:  02/07/13
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Amid steep budget cuts, Al Madrigal investigates a proposed government tank purchase and the military preparedness of Nevada. (4:53)

OUR UNDERWEAR ON THE INSIDE.

DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES.

IS THERE A WAY TO GO THROUGH THE DEFENSE BUDGET WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB AND FIND SOME CUTS THAT MAY

NOT BE SO DRACONIAN.

ADD MADRIGAL HAS MORE.

>> CONGRESS KNOWS THERE'S NO EASY ANSWERS.

>>S INCUMBENT TO HAVE THE DISCUSSION ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE THE MONEY TO DO THIS.

>> BUT 173 CONGRESSPEOPLE FROM BOTH PARTIES SAID WE DO HAVE THE MONEY TO BUY 300 NEW AND --

ABRAMS MI1 TANKS AND URGED THE EXPENDITURE OF $3 BILLION.

WHY THE TANKS?

>> IT SHOWS WE'RE WEAKENING THE RESOLVE.

>> ALAN KARUBA EXPLAINS.

>> WE NEED MORE TANKS FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT WE MAY HAVE TO USE THEM.

>> IT'S THE SAME REASON THAT WHEN YOU ORDER PIZZA YOU ALSO GET BREDSTICKS AND PASTA AND WINGS.

AS YOU CAN IMAGINE LIBERALS WERE OUTRAGED.

>> OUR TANK FLEET IS IN GOOD SHAPE.

IT'S FAR BEYOND NOT JUST OUR FISCAL ABILITY, IT'S FAR BEYOND OUR NEEDS.

>> THAT'S RIGHT THE ARMY DOESN'T WANT ANY MORE TANKS.

THE RETIRED MAJOR GENERAL PAUL EDEN.

>> TANK WARFARE IS A LOW PROBABILITY EVENT.

>> BUT IT'S A PROBABILITY?

>> THAT'S WHY WE HAVE 2400 ACTIVE DUTY M-1 TANKS.

NOT THOSE EXTRA 300 CONGRESS WANTS US TO BUY.

>> CONGRESS REALLY MUST WANT TO PROTECT AMERICA.

>> IT'S A JOBS PROGRAM IN THEIR EYES.

>> NO, NOT A JOBS PROGRAM IT'S A DEFENSE PROGRAM.

>> WE NEED ENOUGH TANKS TO FIGHT WHATEVER THE NEXT CONFLICT IS.

>> IN ADDITION WE HAVE 3,000 TANKS SITTING IN A BONEYARD NEAR RENO, NEVADA.

>> WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEND MORE?

>> WHY WOULD YOU SEND MORE TANKS TO RENO, NEVADA?

>> HAS NEVADA BEEN ATTACKED?

>> TO MY KNOWLEDGE, NEVADA HAS NEVER BEEN ATTACKED.

>> BOOM.

WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?

WHY 300 MORE TANKS INCLUDING THE ACTIVE DUTY TANKS ANT 3,000 SITTING IN THE DISEASEERT?

>> THE RISK OF HAVING LESS TANKS IS HAVING LESS TANKS.

>> WELL THAT'S A (bleep).

>> WELL, I'M NOT A WEST POINT GRADUATE AND I'M NOT PARTICULARLY TRAINED IN SUCH MATTERS.

I HAVE A GENERAL KNOWLEDGE OF MILITARY ISSUES AND AFFAIRS.

>> HE MAY NOT BE A WEST POINT GRADUATE BUT HE DOES KNOW THIS:

>> YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT KIND OF WAR YOU ARE GOING TO FIGHT UNTIL YOU HAVE TO FIGHT IT.

>> WHO WILL WE BE FIGHTING IN THE FUTURE?

WE'LL TALK ABOUT HYPOTHETICAL SITUATIONS.

>> THE ENTIRE CONTINENT OF AFRICA BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE COUNTRIES ARE HEAVILY MUSLIM.

AND WHERE YOU HAVE A LOT OF MUSLIMS YOU HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS.

>> MORE MUSLIMS, MORE PROBLEMS.

>> YEAH, BECAUSE THEIR RELIGION REQUIRES THEM TO WAGE JIHAD.

IF YOU ARE A MUSLIM, UP BETTER BE OUT THERE JIHADDING AWAY.

>> WHICH EXPLAINS ALL THE WARS WE'VE HAD WITH MS. LUMS IN INDONESIA, INDIA AND DEARBORN, MICHIGAN.

CLEARLY WE NEED NEW TANKS OR NEW MONEY BUT DON'T WORRY THE ARMY HAS A GREAT WAY OF RAISING SOME.

>> ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE KEPT EQUIPMENT COSTS DOWN IS WE SELL IT TO OUR FRIENDS.

THE SAUDIS, KUWAITIES, EGYPTIANS.

>> WAITING WE'RE SELLING OUR BAD ASS TANKS TO MUSLIMS?

OUR GENERAL MILITARY ISSUES AND AFFAIRS EXPERT IS GOING TO FLIP.

>> SELLING OUR TANKS TO SAUDI ARABIA IS NOT A LIKELY SCENARIO.

>> JUST SO YOU WE ARE SELLING OUR TANKS.

>> WE ARE?

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> I DON'T -- I HAVEN'T FOLLOWED THAT ASPECT OF THE STORY.

IF WE'RE SELLING TANKS TO SAUDI ARABIAANS, GOOD.

THEY ARE OUR ALLIES IN SOME RESPECTS.

>> SOME RESPECTS, NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

I GOTTA GET RID OF THESE TANKS BEFORE OUR JIHADI FRENIVE ENEMIES GET AHOLD OF THEM.

>> WE HAVE TANKS.

AT BIG AL'S TANK EM POREIUM.

THEY ARE DO IT ALL.

OF COURSE, GETTING TRAFFIC!

[LAUGHTER]

WE'LL NOT BE UNDERSOLD BECAUSE I'M ADD MADRIGAL ABOUT TOWN.

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