“Whenever I visit our troops, they make clear their concern about what those cuts would mean for them and their families,” he said, in remarks at the National Press Club on Tuesday. “It is unacceptable to me that men and women putting their lives on the line in distant lands have to worry about whether those here in Washington can effectively support them. We're down to the wire here.”
Panetta last week spoke to troops at stops in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Turkey.
DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo