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the small sports will be eliminated. those conversations have happened and that is bad for the country, that is bad for limp exports. that is bad foropportunities of people getting out. >> members of congress return on monday and extending government funding past december 11. live coverage at 2 pm in but has on c-span. in the senate on c-span two. next a discussion of funding effort us military in to defeat isil, and the pentagon response to ebola.
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>> here to talk about the pentagon budget. let's speak about the news this week, defence secretary chuck hagel is being pushed out in prison of obama will have a new defence secretary, what you make of it? >> him and chuck hagel are on different pages with this whole isil strategy. we saw that with his resignation this week. the president put him on a corner and said they could not on any boots on the ground iraq and syria. right now the military have been conducting extracts for more than a month, but there is questions over the effectiveness of the airstrikes. there are about 3000 people on the ground right now and it is tough to see how that will go forward. -- where were he
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the differences between the two? terms of a solution how you go after someone, from 30,000 feet up in the sky the only have some effect. soberly mentioned this might have no solution that does not include boots on the ground. the military saying? the artin dempsey spoke at summit last week, he said he is optimistic that the iraqis are regrouping right now. is of the things that told that the iraqis have good military equipment, they have from the united
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states since just after the invasion in 2003. story of gen dempsey, is that the iraqis have cargo aircraft and civilians who the us food, they asked for help and we said, we will help you load this plane up. they did their cargo drops. and they were successful, where there is that translates on success on the broader schedule is yet to be seen. they keep saying they are optimistic. on the underside, they are on a process to reducing. from the day they going to 490.
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president obama has lowered to 440. and party was to go down to 420,000 troops. if that happens, the army will say we do not have enough. with the ng disulphide, gerald dempsey has alluded that they could be troops on putting the ground. would be those triggers? >> right now you're seeing troops on the ground, right now doing advising and assisting, that is what the pentagon likes to call it. they are calling to the iraqi counterparts and explaining how to conduct the attacks. isis on to beat back
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the ground. us could escalate with the is doing direct training, like the us is doing in iraq. if they need more directly of the iraqi military, hhe taken up another level you can see the incursion of forces to go in and raid. if you take it a step further, you have a major operation. like the ones we have had in afghanistan and iraq in 2003. how much is it costing? >> the estimate of the pentagon is around $500 million. the us military are saying are saying is costing 7.9 million per day.
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on t is mainly been spent fuel for aircraft. if the aircraft has to fly long to go from qatar or other countries in the gulf. fuel and those f expensive. again, about 7.9 million per day. >> how much more would cost if the strategy were to be expanded to see bits on the ground? and how much more right now is a president requested from congress? >> right now, the president has requested just extra of $6 billion. that primarily would be for continue the current pace. if you put boots on the ground the dynamic completely changes, are talking about billions
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depending on how many actually went. security and the cost of getting the equipment on the ground and securing everything once you are the. talking about the security ur national threats including isil, there are others like ebola and other situations in the world. so, the impact of sequestration and this isil strategy. >> sequestration should not on the y kind of impact isil strategy, the pentagon-based budget which finds the training and military and the the training, that doesn't go through the base budget. the wall but it something
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called overseas continues is ations, that non-impacting through sequestration. that is why you have not seen a direct major effect from actual war on on the in afghanistan. impact is on an like the air ing force. all last the currency, wwhich is the ability to actually fly and be able to go to war. get the money back, were able to retrain and get a certified flight. the lines are open.
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jeff, your first from indiana and independent caller:. caller: i came on the phone with a question. i am interested in, you talked about the base budget and the extended budget, how is comes to cting when it our forces? and our forces for military contractors and how is that a higher or lesser cause for military contracts? what is the approval and what the understanding in congress? my answer.
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guest: the pentagon has expanded what that money is being used for. in the f the basis middle east, like in qatar and elsewhere, they are all pointed through this account. work is paid for but it is difficult to tell where that money is being spent. operations and maintenance, essentially it is not at the level we can tell how much contractors do. they tend to cost around the as a troop d guess, but the exact amount is hard to tell.
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>> retired military from connecticut. caller: hello. real problem with people talking about putting boots on the ground. we lost over 5000 military fending the iraqi and afghanistan. ourselves in a war, we liberated the iraqis and trained their troops, we should not be putting more troops on the ground. who attacked president took the troops out, extended tools of combat.
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are wondered and sick. it is in is as yet want to kill -- if the sunnis and shia want to kill each other, let them. -- president al obama understands that our military has been very active for the last years. host: how much has
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been spent on the military and how much is going to be spent on training forces? will start very soon. for have put money aside training syrian forces. the training will happen in saudi arabia. but when is yet to be determined. host: dennis and independent from virginia. caller: obama has signed a secret deal to send troops back to afghanistan.
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$54 million for them. i think the military, the are ress and corporations all holding hands to take the money from the public. host: chris from massachusetts. caller: i will just make a statement and then a question. go back to eisenhower he spoke left office about something called the military industrial complex. there all seems to be a problem, reaction solution. then they happensand send to this was, billions of dollars -- then it turns out to be a fires and a lot of people die.
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there is another saying, that assessed follow the money. i think congress like iraq been a little rough but broadly more stable before we invaded. is generally money play, a problem reaction solution. always to go in with the military-industrial complex spending millions of dollars. the day, these companies which make hhuge amount of money. my question is this, can you you have any comment that is being this all work does funding come from? money on spend this the admissions, does this money nes, where does it
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come from? is following the money. it always seems that is more and more money. guest: congress is appropriating the money, and i see your point. defence companies to profit a lot from operations such as this. the makers of the weapons, and makers of the aircraft they maintain the s to aircraft. they do make money off it. host: todd on good morning. caller: happy thanksgiving. drones and automated
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system, is the military looking at this as a way to cut costs for the future? and what a kill decision could system he automatic without the responsibility being put on place. >> right now, that is something that is very heavily debated be ther or not will adrian able to conduct a kill decision. is essentially, the drones iraq and other r a pilot you have driving it.
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the autonomy is very much something that is being talked about in the pentagon, it just major innovation, secretary hagel announced at the reagan library. to look at technology and the the pentagon is using, to give them an over the opponents. the fighter jet analogy, we have one plane here and another plane there, they up with each other and the strikes. is not being considered. host: independent collar.
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happy thanksgiving to everybody. i want to thank them for putting a segment of our troops. men and erful troops, women. going on in afghanistan, it must be a nightmare for the pentagon to this man who previously said that the mission is unclear. he does not like big fights. was looking at statistics, from 2001 until 2009, one
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commander ma became the rules policy of of engagement, we have 3500 casualties in afghanistan. 2009, over 17,000 casualties in afghanistan. is there to nk he whatever his objectives are. a think we definitely need change. an ould like to see impeachment almost immediately. guest: i do not think the casualties are right. the president took office, i was in afghanistan first time in 2007, at
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a time in iraq was a hotspot the surge over there. afghanistan was like a forgotten war. that is what i heard from a lot which are met with, once obama took office they did of surge in nd afghanistan. with operations ratcheting up, the casualty rate went up. recently the department of advisory military, have all identified climate change as a primary national issue.
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need it be so, would appropriate for low carbon initiated by the pentagon, the revenues could be up the insurance programs which can be harder because of the increasingly extreme weather. not react e pentagon to this danger? has been doing -- they have identified climate is a major issue,
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alternative power sources from types of different fuels to power our planes and their bases. the marines had a base on by hanistan which was run ultimate power sources. there is a lot being done, there is an office in the pentagon dedicated to this. four or five years they have been taking it pretty seriously. host: has the pentagon and is pected what the role a climate e with change disaster? whether some sort of situation they call the national guard, what has the pentagon envisioned? guest: they always provide humanitarian help when is needed. in 2007 and 2009
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the military deploy ospreys to go do search acrosscue missions southeast asia. very much the u.s. military takes this job very seriously. they will continue to be doing it. >> and how much -- >> for years to come. comed where does the money from for disaster response? >> a lot of times, the money is taken out of -- it comes out of that base budget in the military. there are units actually prepositioned within the united states, one on each coast, that, you know, have planes or cargo. they can essentially just put it the planes in a matter of hours, days, and have the units that.zed to do >> okay. bob, in old fort, tennessee. republican. hi, bob. >> hi. thanks. happy thanksgiving to you and to america. well, i feel with the president,
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like we've got -- i just feel don't know what he's doing. fighting don't start have ours to win, to men to go and die, and can't likey fire back, i mean, world war ii, you know. ifief me, if -- believe me, we're the greatest military force on earth, the rest of the once they started seeing this, they'll calm down. >> all right, bob. let's hear from jeff. he's our last, in laurel, mississippi, a republican and retired military. hi, jeff. your question or comment? >> yes. time, we had to go back to isis, they seen part of the iraq government, vice presidenthe put himja


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