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As a candidate for president -- made clear my support for a timeline of sixteen months.
To carry out this brought up while pledging to consult closely with our military commanders upon taking office.
To ensure that we preserve the gains we've made and to protect our troops.
-- was president on -- contenders promising to stand by his timetable to remove the 150000.
Troops stationed in Iraq.
It Tuesday marks the first phase of the with -- -- forces outside of major city bases will begin pulling out with the goal of having old troops out of Iraq by the end of next summer.
From war on -- the deadline will be met and how much -- will ultimately cost.
I'm joined in Washington DC -- Republican congressman but we've seen of California the ranking member of the armed services committee.
And democratic congressman -- -- stack of Pennsylvania also a member of the armed services committee and a former US navy three star admiral.
Good morning -- -- thank you guys for being here.
Represent me and let me start with you in the US has an agreement in Iraq to begin pulling -- forces out as we mentioned by June 30.
As a ranking member of the armed services committee how expensive will this removal -- Well we haven't been given up a plan yet we don't really know how much it's going to be a last spring.
We started negotiations.
And those culminated in December in in an agreement that said that all of the troops the combat troops would be pulled out of the cities.
By June 30.
And by a a year from her body December 11.
All the troops would be pulled out of -- out of the country when -- when President Obama became president.
He said that we would pull all all of the combat troops out of -- wracked by a year from August.
So we have not seen any detailed plan I do know that there's a lot of equipment there's a lot of men in -- Iraq we have now about a 140000.
And others 351.
Bases in Iraq that we're going to have to pull back from.
Close those down move.
Tons and tons of of the equipment.
I don't even know what the what the costs is going.
Email congressman test -- I've seen reports that the average cost of the deploying -- overseas.
Is roughly 390000.
Not including many of the base is dead dead that congress -- the -- was just talking at 351.
War we -- a project this to be and -- does does cost matter at the end of the day.
-- I can't give you the exact amount but having looked at president Obama's budget when it was submitted to us a few months ago.
It did not include the cost -- over the next two years plus the complete withdrawal of all our troops.
This is a very challenging operation.
We left Somalia after black hawk down.
We had 8000 troops there it took -- six months to get them out safely.
Because you had to insert other troops there in order to protect them -- where the military is most vulnerable a -- appointment as one road out of -- Iraq.
It goes down to Kuwait.
And the Force Protection.
As the remaining al-Qaeda.
And that's those and aren't many left there's hundreds -- a few thousand at most.
We'll take you try to take advantage as we redeploy the cost of this is is going to be well I believe over a hundred billion dollars.
Just to deliberately redeployed.
And -- is right.
We have over 40% of our army sitting there and I Iraq.
And that is all their equipment so this is.
In the military of what we say amateurs to tactics.
Experts do logistics and this is a logistical challenge to do it safely -- -- for our troops but do what we mosque because our national security.
Is harm the longer we are and I rack and we can address our readiness problems of our army writ large and address where the real al-Qaeda struck us.
Now have a safe haven in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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