On November 15, 2014, a remarkable panel was assembled at the Reagan National Defense Forum to discuss a variety of national defense issues. The panel consisted of:
Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense under Presidents George W. Bush and Obama
Steven Hadley, National Security Adviser to President George W. Bush
Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense under President Obama
Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
John McCain, soon to be Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee
The panelists not only gave illuminating vignettes of their personal experiences in dealing with national security matters, but expressed candid views on current issues including ISIS, Ukraine, and the impact of sequestration and reductions to the military budget. It was a cogent and compelling presentation. Rather than attempting to summarize the observations of the participants, we would strongly urge readers of RINOcracy.com to view the discussion at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bk0CdVe6IQ&list=PLHNOi2zcxo7vZiUKL2WytZJzAhd2f5KA_&index=3
The entire presentation lasts approximately an hour and a half, but we believe it is worth watching from start to finish. For those who cannot spare that much time, we would particularly recommend the comments of Secretary Panetta at 33:33 and 54:35, Steven Hadley at 43:24, and 1:06:08, Secretary Gates at 49:05 and Secretary Johnson at 1:05:30.