When Barack Obama took office, he inherited a professional, world-class, battle-toughened military. Seven years later, many experts see the U.S. armed forces as a tattered and demoralized organization.
Fox News Reporting: Rising Threats - Shrinking Military investigates what President Obama has done with - and to - the military. The special premieres Friday, April 1 at 10pm ET on Fox News Channel, with additional airings over the weekend.
Bret Baier looks at the hundreds of billions in cuts, the radical social change forced upon the troops and a foreign policy that breaks with decades of tradition and leaves us in a world more dangerous than ever.
The must-see, hour-long program includes interviews with Obama’s first three Secretaries of Defense - Robert Gates, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel - as well as numerous people on the ground, who work to keep America’s fighting forces battle ready.
In the clip featured above, Gates weighed in on Obama's decision-making on the ousting of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The president ultimately pushed for Mubarak's immediate removal, despite the military urging caution.
"Literally, the entire national security team recommended unanimously handling Mubarak differently than we did," Gates said. "And the president took the advice of three junior backbenchers in terms of how to treat Mubarak. One of them saying, 'Mr. President, you gotta be on the right side of the history.' And I would be sitting there at the table and I'd say, 'Yeah, if we could just figure that out, we'd be a long way ahead.'"
Tune in to Fox News Reporting: Rising Threats - Shrinking Military on Friday, April 1 at 10pm ET, with additional airings Saturday at 5pm, 8pm and 11pm, as well as Sunday at 9pm and midnight ET.