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US defense chief urges UK to boost army spending

Iran Press TV

Mon Jun 1, 2015 2:44PM

The US defense chief has warned that the UK could become "disengaged" if it refuses to commit to further spending on its defense.

Ashton Carter said Britons 'should stick to the pledge they all made" and that the UK has "always had an independent ability to express itself and basically punch above its weight…I'd hate to see that go away because I think it's a great loss to the world when a country of that much history and standing… takes actions which seem to indicate disengagement…we need an engaged United Kingdom."

Many analysts believe that Britain simply cannot continue with its current spending on defense and that the country is no longer the global power it once was.

They argue that British defense experts and those who bid for more military funding cannot deal with the fact that the UK is no longer a global power and that more money should be spent on domestic issues.

The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have also left a growing number of British people angry and frustrated with how foreign policy is run and operated in the country.

Many believe Britain should stop interfering in the affairs of other countries as it often has a negative impact of destabilising the country in question.

But the cross-party Defence Select Committee has urged the government to address the issue of decreased spending on defence, arguing that the issues of Russia and ISIL are the reasons to bolster defence spending whilst playing a bigger role on the world stage. The committee believes that Britain's 2010 spending plans 'no longer reflect the new threats to peace around the world.'

The words from Defence Secretary Ashton Carter mirror the comments made by the Head of the US Army, Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno, who said that he was "very concerned" about the impact of spending cuts on Britain's armed forces.


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