In his own words (emphasis in original):
And as you look around the world and what’s happening right now, you know, you look at the Arab Spring, you look at what’s happening in Europe, you look at the economies throughout the world, things, things look more chaotic, they don’t look less chaotic. And that’s where the United States is going to have to reach out and protect our own interests throughout the world, and we’re not going to be able to do it if we have these massive budget cuts. Here’s what we’re going to have to tell the American people, we’re going to have to say: Look, if you want the military cut, here’s the missions we can’t do. We can’t go to Israel, if they get invaded. We can’t go to South Korea, if North Korea acts out against them. We can’t go to Haiti if they have an earthquake. We can’t go to Japan if they have another nuclear meltdown. And we want the American people, we have to be able to say hey you need to realize if we cut, then our mission and our international role is going to be greatly diminished because we’re simply not going to have the wherewithal to go out and do the things we’ve always done, the things that we need to do.