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european official that he could take key never two weeks if he wanted to. >> it is game over for atlantic city's revel casino. >> it's a bummer. >> two more casinos are expected to close leaving up to 8,000 people unemployed. >> the fbi is on the case of nude photos stole friend several hollywood celebrities. >> private information. there is not only civil consequences but criminal consequences. >> another american doctor has become infecte infected with eb. >> could not possibly overstate the need for an urgent response. >> the first openly game player in the nfl may have reached the end of his pro career already. >> it was a football decision. i was pulling for him him and it didn't work out. we begin with a second american journalist brutally beheaded by islamic state terrorists. it time a video purportedly shows the decapitation of 31-year-old stephen sought love. sought love group up in miami and was known for his heart-felt war reported until testifies kidnapped in syria last year. in the video he says that he is
paying the price for u.s. policy in iraq. >> the united states as you know has set indicated significant resources to try to rescue mr. sotloff. our thoughts and prayers first and foremost are with mr. sotloff and mr. sotloff's family and those who worked with him. >> i sotloff's horrific killing comes just two weeks after the execution of james foley n that video, i.s. threatened sotloff would be next if the u.s. continued to launch air strikes against them in iraq. sotloff's mother had recorded an emotional video plea asking i.s. to release her son. >> i ask you to please release my child. as a mother, i and your justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters that he has no control over. >> since feeling i's execution, the u.s. has continued to launch air strikes in iraq. and that has paved the way for significant gain buys iraqi
forces. strikes around 100 miles north the baghdad helped divert the biggest looming humanitarian crisis. but i.s. has identified another hostage, british aid working davis haines as their next victim if other governments join the u.s. in fighting against them. joining us now frommer bel froms josh rushing from "fault lines." this horrific be headed of steven sotloff was something that i.s. did in the if i had yo of killing james foley. do they think this will stop the u.s. or are they actually trying to provoke the u.s.? >> reporter: they are looking for new strategies. the you are right, the first one was mentioned in james foley's video . they threatened in the u.s. didn't stop air strikes they would execute steven. the u.s. continued with air strikes all week.
in fact, they broke the siege at amerli just yesterday using u.s. air strikes, everyone we speak to on the ground says that the u.s. air strikes are a game changer. so they are making a big difference here. and, in fact, when we have been with ground forces either kurdish ground forces or iraqi ground forces you get a sense of the momentum shifting on the ground. and amerli's majoring not just because it's humanitarian operation, but it connects erbil, kirkuk and the road to baghdad. and what you have had in the last three months says is the entire region the kurdish stan no longer bordering the rest of iraq . i.s. went from syria to the boarder of iran, now that they have broken through and have the road to baghdad opening there is a corridor going right down the middle. that is also isolating the isis forces that are on the eastern side of that cordon . this is a momentum, the islamic
state i think are searching for weapons and they think the videos and beheadings might be that. >> what is the danger for westerners, because in the latest video they show another hostage identified as david all thorhawthorne haines who is an d worker from the united kingdom. most the people that i.s. has were kidnapped in syria, where now there are very few westerners, but there are a lot of westerners in iraq. >> reporter: that is true. the kidnap victims that they are holding, these all happened in syria. but, in fact, it's not just westerners that are being beheaded and killed. many, many iraqis and kurds are being killed. they beheaded a kurdish soldier earlier this week. it doesn't make it the same headlines as with the west, for obviously reasons in america, i think americans care about the americans here. but that's what they have. i also know that they are holding a few more americans, even though they have threatened
the british one next. >> they have carried out all sorts of massacres against iraqis of all types. certainly the bar bare at this of this group is horrific . is there op a optimism with the united states help and more arms come figure that they will be able to take over more territory than what you have already described? >> reporter: speaking of the barbarity, imagine the row coe lungs that you have here, the unspoken coalition, we have traveled the entire 600-mile frontline that kurdistan shares with the islamic state. and in that time we have seen iranian fighters, shia militia, the medi army, the entire your ministry of iraq, the iraqi army, and all of the different units of the peshmerga from the puk to the kdp all fighting on the same side as the u.s. against the islamic states. so any organization that can
bring all of those groups together must, you know, something is happening there. in terms of the kurds, yeah, they definitely are making progress. from all the peshmerga fighters that we have spoken to the biggest challenge is the weapons that they have and are receiving from the west are not necessarily the weapon that his they need. they have plenty of ak47s, they have plenty i of small arms but they are fighting islamic state fighters that have up armored humvees, and large u.s.-built trucks that are meant to withstands i.e.d.s, they need heavier arms and need it soon. >> well, let's hope they get them so that they can fight these guys. aal jazerra america's fault line correspondence good luck there in iraq. joining us is ambassador james wool is a former director of central intelligence from 1983 to nine 1985.
and served in vienna and is currently the chairman of the foundation for defense of democracies. ambassador, a pleasure to have you with us. >> good to be with you. >> two americans murder odd camera in two weeks, a british citizen is threatened. the state department says a few other americans could still be hostages. >> is there anything that the u.s. should do specifically to try and prevent these kind of horrific executions of americans and other westerners? >> once a person is captured by isis , their options, i think really are to try to escape and if that's impossible, to pray. because this is a group not of just thugs or robbers, these are theocratic totalitarian genocidal immaterial pearl assists. they are establishing an em piles, a caliphate. and anybody who is part of it or lives within its boarder boarded does not convert to their view
of religion, they kill . sometimes horribly, by burying family as life or by crucifix. so i think the first first thing that we have to do is understand war. we have been attacked by a totalitarian regime and we have to deal with them accordingly. >> so you said before, and as you just said now, that we are at war with these terrorists. but the president said last year that the global war on terror was over. you know, was he wrong? and how do we conduct the war when we've got terrorists in pakistan, in yemen, and iraq, and syria, afghanistan, and who knows where else? >> i think the president miss took killing bin laden for an overall victory over a major movement. we don't just have terrorist that his we are dealing with here, some of them are just terrorists, but when we are
talking about the isis, we are talking about a major movement with members forming military units, and carrying out some kind of sentence horribly by murdering people that they capture who will not sign onto their religion. this is something we have to take seriously as we eventually took our major wars. so far i think the president and the u.s. as a whole basically, has been behaving somewhat like the europeans in the 1930s between 1933 and '39, back just before world war ii. we are being positively chamberlain-esque in our conduct. >> so appeasing the i.s. group. so what has to be done?
does there need to be clearer messaging among other things out of the administration? because we've got chuck hagel the secretary of defense and secretary of state john kerry talking very aggressively about having to destroy this group but the white house seems to not take that same position. >> well, i don't know why president obama drew a red line in the sand about syria's use of chemical weapons and then after they crossed the line sort of shrugged. i don't know why he told med he have several years ago the russian president, was that once he had been reelected that he could be more flexible with putin. this is just not the way you behave in dealing with people like these enemies. i think there are other things we need to do. we need to help the kurds with -- and with military capability . not just with food or night
goggles and so forth. we need to be very tough with the qataris about their wealthy individuals sending weapons and money mainly, to isis. we need to help figure ute how to fulout howto pool the sunni s together in to a coherent group the way we did back in '07 '07-'08 when we put the surge together. i think we need to do all of this without putting american big american units in. but a few cia people, a few special forces people to help the people who are with us get organized. i think we could do that. >> and does that include syria? because as you know, they have a lot of land. they hold a lot of lands in syria, they have taken over syria army bases, they are oil fields. do we go in there?
is that a case where if we go in there against these i.s. terrorists are we helping bashar al-assad whom we don't want to help? >> that's a very big dilemma and you right are you point to it. we had a similar kind of dilemma in -- at the beginning of worlds war two and we eventually decided to illini with stalin against hitler. and it's a good thing that we did, because as awful as stalin was, we were still we only had a victory in world war ii because for a time. i am not sailing that we ought to try to work together with assad. but if we happen to happen to be going against some of the same people or groups such as isil or others i think that is just the way the dice fall on that particular play. >> on a broader, from a broader perspective, we just launched
drone strikes in so mall yeah, somalia, targeting al-shabab terrorist? is that where our focus should be? or what should we have. we have the taliban, al qaeda in pakistan and afghanistan and yemen. so knowledge ya. do we have to go after them everywhere? >> not ourselves. we need to have allies and we need to work closely with our allies, the kurds are one good example in one part that have world . and to move effectively with them by that i mean supplying them with weapons quickly, supply them with intelligence, supply them with cruise missiles and drones, there are a number of things that we can do to help without putting more than a handful of boots on the ground ourselves. and where we can, the -- some of the terrorist groups of the sort that you describe, ought to be dealt with by our allies.
we shouldn't have to do all of this. but we need to pull things together. and by what the president once called leading from behind, it's very difficult to pull things together. >> quick final question for you. you were the head of the cis soon after the soviet union disintegrated as you can see what and happening in ukraine, did you ever think that we would be back at this point in a confrontation with an expansionist russia that certainly brings back bad memories of the cold war? >> it certainly does i headed up the negotiation for the convention of armed forces in europe in 90-91 had a treaty that russia and all of europe signed. among other things it would have kept and did keep people from 11 country, troops from one countries we outside the borders of another unless they had permission. we had legal instruments and the rest that we had negotiated to
keep europe secure and stable, but russia is completely ignoring them. they are not even close to going along with the very basics of these treaties. so i think that we have to begin to think of russia much the way we thought of them during the cold war. putin is we behaving very much except there is no holocaust as far as we know, very much the way hitler did between 1933, and 1939 he's grabbing europe a bit of time and that's what the nazi nazis. >> strong words, pleasure to have you with us. >> good to you will be. for more we are joined by linkin mitchell. war and peace studies the author of several books on the former soviet union most recently the color revolutions lincoln always a flesh you to have you with us. >> good to be here. >> i want to start with the
rhetoric going in every manageable direction. one of the big pieces of news, putin threatening the president of the ee.u. saying he could be in kiev in two weeks if he so desired. kremlin says, no, no, you misinterpreted this, what's going on here? >> with regards to the rhetoric we are seeing a lot of rhetoric on both sides. physician of all, this is a very serious situation. this is major military power invading a formerly -- formally. [ inaudible ] i' i'd having aftr destabilizing a large country and after several months of this we have seen this rhetoric from the west but not much else and much hasn't been useful. if you look at the editorial pages, putin is hitler, this is the cold war, this is the biggest threats since y xyz and the rhetoric is getting in the way of analysis. >> there is no question that russia has to some extend invaded ukraine. >> i don't see how you could argue against that points, of course. >> right.
we have heard a lot of noise, wesley clark, former nato commander, i heard him say if russia innervates ukraine, the consequences will be inning calculable. a lot of rhetoric. but hughes does it mean? >> exactly. one of the very distressing trends that we have seen russia did something that two weeks ago seems unmanageable and the most of the west says what are we going to do maybe rachet up some sanctions and then two weeks after that this do something else, and the west keeps trying to play catch up. but the reality remains that there is little that the west can easily do here . one of the things that we are hearing a lot is arming the ukrainian army. and i am not against that, but it doesn't necessarily solve anything. ukrainian military armed with arms from the west, would still have a very, very difficult fight against the russian military. and if we are going to talk about arming the military, an honest debate with the american people here the united states.
is to talk about putting boots on the ground which nobody in the united states wants to see happen. >> but nato says they want to create a rapid response team, not necessarily to get involved in ukraine, maybe to protect the baltics or other nato nations. but, again, this is amp ing it up to another level and the russians are not happy to hear about that. >> to some extent nato has do something bold to get russia and putin to back down but we haven't seen that yet here. >> why is putin doing it? again there have been all of these threats made and, hissy con my isn't doing well. the sanctions have hurt him. >> to understand why putin is doing this, we need to move away frat rhetoric. he's not this because he's crazy, not because he's hitler and that's not to stay that he's a mentally balanced person. there is strong, you know, a lot of foreign leaders are in that gray area and it is clear that what he is doing in ukraine is aggressive, nefarious and he's an authoritarian leader but
there are reasons why he's doing it. first from the very beginning a ukraine that is pro wests aligned from the united states and europe is something that russia will do anything it can to stop from happening. one way russia did that was creating permanent instability in ukraine. with he that you for several months here, the last piece of this as far as i can see. is that the nationalism that putin got up to support the destablstabilization to push bak against the red rick of him has now gotten ahead of putin and he has to catch up. and he can't be seen as backing down otherwise domestically he's weaker. >> and that's part of the problem, you have the russians saying it's the west's fault. they are pushing keif to do more and to go after our, you know, our pro-russian separatists, they are the instigators of course we see putin and everything he's doing as the one who is responsible for the mess that's going on. and right now, the mess is really -- it's a big deal
because we have some serious fighting in eastern ukraine. we have 2600 dead. more than 1 million people piss displaced and now the fighting has gotten while the ukrainian army had made some serious progress, it seems that the russian troops that have gone in and the russian weapons have real made a difference. >> that's right. and that mess looking big picture, is hugely the fault of russia. but what you describe as what the people are saying in russia, isn't -- your description is accurate, but that's because of a russian media that is in fact controlled heavily by the kremlin. so they have one media climate to support their actions. and now i think that's getting a little bit out of control. >> how do we get out of this vicious circle? >> how do we get out of this? if i could give you a 30-second answer to get out of this with 100 percent confidence without an agenda, without bluster, i would be giving it do, i would be saying it as broadly as i could. there is no easy way out of this. one way we can get out of this as least the we here in washington in the united states
rather than the world is to talk about what role we are willing to play to have an honest debate. if this is munich, right, and i am not sure it is, every time someone says it's munich you have to always -- you owe it to the people going in harm's way to say, hey, maybe it's sarajevo, but if you think it's mean i.then what are we willing to commit to stop this? what are we willing to commit to keep nato right. that's the debate that we have to have here. otherwise we are look at it piecemeal and will never really resolve it. >> and there is certainly a lot of stake. and a lot of danger here. lincoln mitchell always good to have you hear with us. >> my pleasure. now for some more stories from around the world. ♪ ♪ we begin in liberia where another american healthcare worker has tested positive for the ebola virus, despite working in obstetrics and not in the ebola isolation unit the unnamed doctor is now the fourth american to fall ill with the often deadly disease, it's not
known how he was infected but he is currently doing well and in good spirits. according to the aid organization serving in mission. this comes as the international director of doctors without borders says the world is losing the battle to contain the disease and that the response has been too little too late. next we go to the west bank and gaza, where hamas' popularity has grown considerably following the 50-day war between israel and gaza, while palestinian prison mahmoud abbas' popularity has tanked. a poll of palestinians found that 61% would choose hamas leader ishmael for president up from 41% in june. only 32% would vote for abbas, this is the first time in eight years that a majority has supported the hamas leader. the pollsters say support for hamas could dropping drop in coming months as it has following other conflicts with israel. in pakistan, protests against
the prime minister's regime continue to grow in intensity. frosters accuse sharif of rigging last year's election, they are demanding he stepped down. the protests turned violent over the weekend as armed protesters wearing gas masks tried to storm the prime minister's rez defense, a residents,he denied he rigged tn and refuses to step down. and that's some of what's happening around the world. coming up, the odds seem stacked against one of america's gambling capitals with major casinos closing and thousands losing their jobs in atlantic city, we'll look at the gaming industry across the country. also, major stars rocked by widespread theft of personal and in some cases naked pictures what can the fbi do and is it a sex crime? plus our social media producer her metta is tracking the top stories on the web what is tripping. >> popular singer and television personality has sparked a the
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the medicalling answers just two years after opening the city's newest and most expensive resort closed its doors, that follows the shuttering on sunday of the legendary new orleans-themed casino showboat that had been open since 1987. you want next the trump plaza is scheduled to seize operations in two weeks, that's more than 7,000 lost jobs in just a few months, many fear that could be a critical blow to the city's already shaky status as a gambling deft nation for more on destination, for mo
mormoreon what's happening, he s joined the editor and chief casino city a website dedicated to gaming as well as a publisher of trade on the gaming industry. great to have you with us, 12 casinos in atlantic city at the start of this year, four have closed are or closing. in 2006, gaming ref revenues in atlantic city were $5.2 billion. by 2012 they had fallen to $3 billion. on the other hand, gaming revenues nationwide are going up from $35.2 billion to $37.3 billion. so what's wrong in atlantic city? >> there are a couple of things, and it's a bit complicated. so you have two problems in at lan tick city, the first problem you had was competition rising all over the place. if you go back to 2004, since 2004, 26 new casinos have been built in the mid-atlantic, the new england area, and about 20
to 25 within an hour's drive, hour and a half drive of philadelphia itself that's a lot of new casinos in the market. that's a lot of competition. and so what's happened is the feeder markets to atlantic city have been cut. so pennsylvania is now a billion dollars casino market in its own right. maryland is becoming a billion dollars casino market in its own right. connecticut you had fox woods and mohegan sun open up, they opened up in the '90s but "the stream" they generate traffic. a new casino in queens a catched to the race tract there. gamblers have a al tentatives. they have never been goods atrophying out how to get people to come to atlantic city. >> that's a big issue. and vegas has figured out how to do it. it's a resort destination, but vegas has all sorts of nearby competition they ever indiana
casinos in california, casinos elsewhere in nevada. so there is competition for vegas too. and we saw what atlantic city did try to do with this revel casino. it was pretty spectacular. it was a pretty nice resort. they expected that to sort of follow in vegas' footsteps, so what went wrong there? >> well, this is completely a problem of execution. if you take a look atlas vegas, the las vegas strip right now. you have a 50/50 split between gaming revenue and nongaming revenue on the strip. other weekend the nightclubs in las vegas, they make more money per square foot than the casino floor does right now. it's absolutely remarkable. you have high end restaurants, high end retail. all sorts of things and reasons for people to go to vegas i don't understand gaming. what atlantic city failed to do is diversify in that mix. revel was supposed to be the solution, they were supposed to have the great restaurants, great nightclub and they were supposed to have the great hotel and they were supposed to have that mix. the problem with revel is they never delivered on the
execution. if you went to revel the restaurants were terrible. they didn't have good shopping. there wasn't a reason to go back to revel. so that's a failure of execution, but it goes to a wider failure for atlantic city, atlantic city over the course of the last 15 to 20 years has failed to diversify. they have known what they needed to do. but haven't done it. and it's a failure at the political level, failure at the casino level. it's a farr failure at the local governance, they have failed in everything they needed to do to make that i resource casino . >> what does this mean for the broader worlds of gaming. two decades ago casinos in six states now 23 haver and shall casinos, some type of gambling, especially in you include lottery in almost all states at this points. so how long can it last? how much money is there out there for people to spends on gambling, especially at commerce shal especially atcommercial casinos? >> the important thing to remember is this isn't a battle for casino dollars, it's
entertainment dollars, right now everyone in the united states lives within a couple of hours of drive drive of a casino, it's jt normal entertainment as going to the movies as going out to a restaurant to eat. so this is a battle for the entertainment dollar not the casino dollar. take the mid-atlantic since 2004 gaming revenue is up 40%. so there is demand out there for casinos and there is demands out there for gaming. the money is just going in to different places, casinos have to learn to compete. it's a healthy market. the other thing that we have learned over the course of last 10 years, is because gaming is now an entertainment dollar, this isn't a reception-proof industry anymore. it has to compete. when the economy took a hit, so did the gaming revenue. because it's entertainment money now. the more casinos focus on the idea this is entertainment money
and fighting for discretionary income the better they will be. >> interesting to look at it that way. a pleasure to have you with us, thank you very much. >> thank you very much. turn to dozens of hollywood starts who have been victim eyesed by a computer hacker who stole nude pictures of them and posted the photos online. more than 100 celebrities hacked including jennifer lawrence, kate upton and kierston dunst, many stole friend apple's icloud of the fb civil on the case of a theft crime and maybe even a section crime . your latest book on digital media comes out in january called zombie loyal assists, using great service to create habit fans peter always good to have out show. >> you bet. >> it's 21st century theft. we have 20th century laws to deal with this 21st century crime, how different is this than someone breaking in to your
house and stealing your plays that tv and jewelry? >> it's different in several ways, but first of all the fbi has an incredibly smart cyber crime unit. and they are on top of this. and i have no doubt had ther thl be arrests in this. the bigger picture is what is this as a crime? it's not a leak. it is a crime. someone stole information and stole things, for lack of a better word that, did not belong to them and that were private and owned by someone else and stolen. there is no question it was a crime by a perpetrator, in my guess, a group of person at any raters. and so it was definitely a crime. >> and there are ways of hiding in the digital world you are convinced that the fbi will filed them? >> i believe they will. in 2010 when scarlet johansson had this happen to her the person that did this was found and was sentence to i believe 10 years in prison. so they will find someone. >> you think about the scarlet johansson case and others involved in that mila clune us and christina aguilera .
10 years in jail you would think that would serve as a deterrents deterrents. are the laws not strong enough. >> look at the base jumpers, they knew it was a crime. they knew that they could go to jail two it but it had never been done before . it's the concept of getting something that somebody doesn't have. there is always somebody that wants to get something that doesn't belong to them. there is a reason people try to break in to fort knox, try to hack the unhackable system. trying to get free calls by taking a pepsi can lid and touching a public telephone record. >> you would think if they knew they could get 10 years in jail they wouldn't. >> but the mentality doesn't change it's something there. >> there are a series of tweets from the star of hbi's hit show girls, lena dunham and she wrote the way in which you share your body must be a choice.
support these women and do not look at these pictures. then show wrote, remember, when you look at these pictures are view lading these women again and again it's not okay. third tweet. seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaks them is not a hacker. they are a sex offender. fair? >> legally that's a difficult case to make, sects offender. there was no physical interaction in that regard. i don't i in any way think this was the fault of the victims, in no way should they be blamed if you don't want it don't take the picture. i disagree with that completely. someone made the choice to do this, to steal these photos illegally that percentage should go to jail. it is legally it's probably a stretch to call that person a section offenser but that certain a thief, they have commit aid rhyme and should pay for it. >> another angle to the continue versus i came from ricky gervais, he tweeted, he said, celebrity make it harder for hackers to get nude picks of you from our computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your
computer the lack are backlash that's blaming victim. go to your digital expertise on this. if someone wants to to take pictures that then don't want people to able to see what should they do? >> you have to think of your comb phone as a camera and phone. your fine camera, and an insecure serve herb that's what it is. server that's what it is. the default setting for almost any phone is to backup whatever data you put in to it somewhere else. the logic being if you drop your phone if the toilet. lose it, it's gone, you have your dwight a. the problem is the second -- date arm the problem is the second that photo is taken and leaves your phone there is another copy of it. when you took a picture your camera 20 year old ago until you took it to photo mat you controlled it. that doesn't exist anymore. if you want to take photos like that, it's within their right, tone do it. first thing you should do shut off the auto backup for the time
that you are taking those. take the photos, take them off the phone, store them somewhere not connected to the internet, a drive, something that you keep in your house, prints them out. whatever it is, but understand that any time you take those pictures with someone connected to your web, the ability for them to be shared gets that much easier. with or without your permission. >> all right. peter, as always great to have you with us. us. >> thanks. singer and television personality see low green ce-low green provoked ainge ore what does and does not constitute rape. the tweets came just two days after green pleaded no contest to flipping ecstasy to a -- slipping ex-as it toy a woman he was dining with in 2012. his lawyer says any sexual relations they have was consent sham. she said she woke up in his bed and don't know what took place. prosecutors say there wasn't enough evidence to file rape charges but pursued felony drug charges for which the 39-year-old is serving three
years of probation. on sunday, green tweeted if someone is passed out they are not even with you consciously, so with implies consents. he went to say women who have really been raped remember, and this one so if i tried and i did not succeed, butt person said i did, then what really happened? after a lot of backlash on social media about his definition of rape, green tweet third degree apology of sorts. he said, let me first praise god for exoneration, fairness and freedom. secondly, i sincerely a poll guys for my friends being taken so far out of context. i only intended on a healthy exchange to help heal those who love me from the pain i had already caused from this. please forgive me as it was your support that got me through this to begin with. i would never condone harm -- the harm of any women. he then deleted his account but was back on twitter tuesday morning. let us know what stories you would like to see featured in the doubling at that time spotlight. tweet us at
ajconsiderthis. >> thank you. straight ahead how the rules of engagements could be hurting our troops in battle. we are joined by a former marine special forces sergeant. also, labor day used to mark the end of summer and the start of the school year. so we'll see how that start date has moved up and why some kids are now starting in july. and later the nfl's first openly game player may have found a place to work. we'll tell where you michael sam specs today call home starting this week. >> on the stream, >> tuition assistance was a big incentive for high school grads to enter the military, but now that much of it's gone away, can the military compete? >> the stream, on al jazeera america
considering joining forces with the islamic state group if they believe that i.s. meets the requirement of a true islamic caliphate. with afghan government forces already fighting the taliban on more than a dozen front, and a failed election pushing kabul toward chaos a group allied with the islamic state terrorists could spell even more disaster for afghanistan. chaos in afghan that is nothing new a new book gives us a first hand account of how u.s. forces
there have been hamstrung by poll turks rules of engagement and bureaucrats contracts putting lives at great risk joining us is marine staff sergeant a combat veteran of the afghanistan and iraq wars and served with the marines special operation team 8282. he is a coauthor of a book about his experiences entitled level zero they rows the stories the u.s. marines special operations in afghan that. great to have you with us. >> thank you, it's great tour here. >> powerful book about these experiences you went as a j.-tack, a joints terminology attack controller. you are there calling in air strikes on targets. so you are in the middle of the fight, you are calling for these air strikes, and you write about the fact that almost every time you requested that kind of air support you were either denied or delayed in fact you write about one case where you needed the help and they said, no, you can only get bombs dropped as warning shots, again, why does that happen?
what happened there? >> the time period that i was there 2009, 2010. there was a big certainly about civilian casualties, that was the hot button topic that stemed from general ma crystal on down where these rulings of engagement restriction on his got tighter and tighten and even out landisch at some point. >> in what ways. >> with my job being a j-taxi am in charge of being with the ground forces i am the link between the guys on the ground and the aircraft behalf. it's an extremely -- guys that become j-tacks, are extremely talented. they are well rounded guys, they are loyal, they are trustworthy. and they go through these teams and, you know, they have a certain responsibility to provide fire support, air ground. we had the -- a lot of lives are at stake as a result of your decisions? >> absolutely. a regular rifle man with a gun,
if he, you know, if he fails to shoot the trying target with his rifle. that's just a bullet. a j-tack, you know, if you pit the wrong target that's a 2,000-pound bomb detonating so the consequences are a lot greater with wit but with the rf engagement the rules were you couldn't drop on a compound, and by that i mean a mud house with a wall perimeter around it. you weren't in those circumstances allowed to drop on a compound. you couldn't even drop a bomb out side of the compound if the affects of that bomb would damage it. >> and that's because there might be civilians in there despite the fact that you might be fired at. >> yeah. >> you are right about how it was much different during world war ii? >> yes. there is for way to 100 percent verify that there is or did not a civilian in that structure. but do you know that the taliban is there because they are using it as basically a bil bill parka worlds war two style bunker because it's just a two-foot thick mud wall with a machine gun shooting out of a port hole.
so there is no real way to tell. and i'll tell you any service member would never consciencely put a civilian in harm's way and we are train today do so. >> right. and you mentioned general ma crystal and his policy was called heroic restraint which sounds great. >> yeah, sound awesome. >> but the problem for troops in the field, it created all sorts of issues? >> sounds great on paper. it's an excellent talking point but it doesn't play out for the guys that are on the ground. they have restrained, especially guys on my team, the guys that i served with were the best, that that's why they get assigned to special operations. you know, they are trained, they are smart, they are initiative, they have great respect for what they do. and do not entrust in them fully by putting these -- you know, outlandish.
>> the taliban basically figures it out. >> oh, yeah. >> what the rules were. and so they took advantage it have. >> oh, yes, it didn't take long at all before they would basically compound were safe havens, so, you know, it's very easy for me if i was taliban to do a quick ambush on a patrol, maybe drop my weapon, maybe is stash it somewhere and then take off and go run in a compound. just sit there. because eventually you just wait them out. i mean, -- >> the book raises all sorts of important issues for the men and women out there fighting for their country and it's really pleasure to have you with us again the book is level zero heros real pleasure to have you with us. >> thank you. coming up the nfl's new policy on domestic violence gets its first major test. but first why are kids heading back to school so much earlier now than at any point in the past
across america went back to school on tuesday. having school start right after labor day is what most of us are used to. but that's changed a lot in recent years. los angeles unified the nation's second largest school district is the biggest to shift. classes started three weeks before labor day for the third straight year. 23 of california's 30 biggest districts start in august. one in particular, sweetwater union, actually began july 23rd. and happening across the country. atlanta public schools started august 4th. in miami mid august. early start dates don't necessarily mean more days in class. schools often give longer spring, fall and, winter breaks. historically the september to june school year is a hold over from america's days as a farm-based society. the three-month summer break allowed kids to help during the busy harvesting season.
america has tried to change the school calendar do decades in the early 80s there was an increase from 200 to 220. didn't work because schools couldn't afford to start extra days. the result is that we have fewer school days than many industrialized countries. switzerland has the most. 228. however, fewer days don't mean less education. we make up for the given in total days by having kids spent more hours in class every day than most countries. school is more expensive now. the national retail federation says families will spend an average of $670 per child on everything from clothing to school supplies. that's up $35 from last year. the older the child the more it costs. parents will shell out about $580 on kids in elementary school. that that jumps by $100 for kids in middle school and high school. as usual, the price of education going up by more than the rate of inflation.
news... the national football league's first openly game athlete may be heade heading tos after being cut by st. louis, the cowboys will sign michael sam to the practice squad if he passes a film the st. louis rams left sam go despite impressive play in the preseason 11 tackles and three quarterback sacks, before he was drafted many said that wouldn't want to sign him because they didn't want to deal with the distraction of inning careeincreased media attention. he did not buy that. dave say sports editor for the nation and edge of sports radio. dave. good to see you. a lot of people were nervous that michael sam wouldn't get signed by anybody to anything after st. louis dropped him now the cowboys are expected to sign him to the practice squad which means he will take part in practice by not games. how likely do you think he'll
get promoted? how likely is it that we'll get promoted and boat promoted and get to play? >> i think it's very likely, it's for a player that still needs to learn the playbook, he will be signs to the practice squad but it's a good landing point for michael sam for a number of reasons, first and foremost, one, he's from texas. two, the dallas defense is decimated. which is one of the reasons why i don't think he'll be on the practice squad for very long. they need pass rushers, particularly their front seven. and that's what michael sam has really excelled at. and three, and this is something that maybe people aren't that familiar with, who will be watching this show is that dallas will be a very supportive community for michael sam. and that's important when you are going to be the first openly game athlete in the nfl. a lot of people don't know, the sheriff of dallas is a gala tino woman named lupe valdez, it's a much more supportive place than people might think when they hear that word texas. >> and st. louis, actually has the opposite situation. right?
they do not have a decimated defense. >> yes. >> it's not as if him being cut was a bad decision on st. louis' part or anything bad towards michael sam, right? >> i wrote that at the time when he was drafted i was glad like a lot of people just to see him drafted because it's painful any time you see a player expected to be drafted earlier just wait in this room as the picks roll baez specially michael sam given the historical import of what he was and is. yet when st. louis pick him, my first thought was quizzical because they have the best defensive line in the sport. and it was -- where is there really place for him on this team to even play? so it's great he was drafted. particularly because he had a very bad nfl combine and then he showed in preseason what he could actually do. that's quite the service that st. louis did for michael sam and now that they have released him i think he's in a much better landing spot in dallas. >> he's talk about this whole
issue of, you know, the distraction and all of the talk about him being a distraction. a few days ago a reported for nbc sports ross tucker tweeted, michael sam performed much better than most expected and still isn't even on a practice squad? and then, though, an offensive lineman from the buffalo bills responded blame that on espn. no one wants the dick traction. surely there will be extra media attention around to cover him. but really? there is always a lot of media around the nfl. hasn't this whole distraction issue been -- you know, just a tempest out of, you know, a tea pot. >> absolutely. just look at this past summer. i mean, what distraction really was michael sam over the last several months? i mean, there would be a cable report occasional reports about his progress that was less a media creation and more because there was a popular up surge in interest of people not necessarily football fans. >> final question with the nfl rog earn godell the head of the
nfl responded to widespread criticism for only suspending baltimore ravens star ray rice for two games for allegedly knocking out his fiancé in atlantic city, this is rice dragging her out of an elevator. the league changed the rules to be tougher so first, offense gets a six-game suspension. players could be banned from the league for a second often, now there is a new test of the rules, san francisco 49ers ray mcdonald was arrested sunday morning on felony charges of domestic violence involving his fiancé be, who is 10 weeks progress nance. do yopregnant. do you think in this case the nfl will bring the hammer? >> that's an interesting question, there are differing reports about whether or not the nfl and roger godell are going to wait until cases are adjudicated or not. and the nfl players association is definitely going to have something to say about that. but make no mistake about it, i mean, roger godell was responding for not a moral crisis in terms of how the nfl deals with lines against women but with a public relation says crisis, the outrage over the ray
rice suspension, is what spurred the nfl to act. they are very concerned that not just women but people just generally people who would be offended by the fact that the nfl didn't seem to take this issue seriously, that they weren't acting, weren't trying to do anything, the whole suspension issue, is something that i think the nfl is on very unset thinked territory with regards to both labor law and the rights of players to due process, but there are other things in the proposal like talking to reich playerstalkingt violence that i people think are positive. >> thank you. >> thank you,. >> i coming up wednesday on "consider this", a four star general on how the u.s. can win on lose off the battlefield before any shots are fired. you can find us on twitter at ajconsiderthis and tweet knee amoratv. we'll you next time.
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