Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) explained his continued preference for the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to reduce the size of its defense preference in an interview from the progressive news site The Uptake.

“I do agree we’re spending too much on the military, but I believe in the military,” he said. "But I believe we have too many investments in Cold War-era weapons. We don’t need all that nuclear stuff. We don’t need to have 174 bases. We don’t need to protect Europe. We don’t need to protect Japan. Let’s move toward a partnership instead of us monopolizing things. We spend more than the next 14 countries combined.”

Ellison, who voted against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week, also was steadfast in urging America to expediently withdraw all of its soldiers from Afghanistan. “The U.S. has diminished Al Qaeda’s strength so it is time to decrease our military presence in Afghanistan and bring our troops home as soon as safely possible,” he said.

WATCH (embedded below): Video from The UpTake, from May 21, 2012.