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the week is just about wrapping up on this thursday. the dow up 215 points. you can always go to cnnmoney.com to check the latest numbers. thank you so much for being with me here. i'm brooke baldwin. that does it for me here in new york. let's send it to washington, my colleague jake tapper. "the lead" starts now. it's official, the war in afghanistan will now be handed off to a third u.s. president. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the world lead, america's longest war just got longer. president obama announcing a major reversal. today saying that he's backing off a plan to bring almost all u.s. troops home from afghanistan as that nation's forces ably demonstrating their ineptitude and threats from al qaeda and isis grow. the politics lead. a hit job? a second republican now saying the benghazi committee is not only out to get hillary clinton, it was designed to get her. instead of get the facts for the families of victims of that
terrorist attack. and in pop culture, witnesses say lamar odom did cocaine and binged on sexual enhancement supplements before the nba champ with kardashian family ties was found unconscious in a brothel. today, the 911 call and the latest on his battle to pull through. good afternoon everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we're going to begin today with our world lead. and a major change in course in america's longest war. president obama today flanked by secretary of defense ash carter announcing from the roosevelt room that despite his previous pledges at all but complete with withdrawal of u.s. forces from afghanistan by the end of his presidency, he has changed his mind. 9,800 service members will be in theater through the end of 2016. 5,500 will be there when the next president takes office. all of this represents a stunning admission that the security situation on the ground in afghanistan is rapidly deteriorating due to the resurgence of the taliban and al qaeda and now the ever growing
presence of isis. let's get right to cnn's barbara starr. she's live barbara, the president called the security situation on the ground, quote, fragile. will the role of u.s. forces in afghanistan change at all? >> perhaps not, jake. as with afghanistan always it's all about preserving security and security is always the problem. as the taliban showed their biggest win in years, briefly taking over a city in northern afghanistan, an isis and al qaeda continue expanding their ranks across afghanistan, president obama says the situation is still too dangerous to cut the size of u.s. forces still fighting in the country's longest war. >> the bottom line is in key areas of the country the security situation is still very fragile. and in some places there's risk of deterioration. >> reporter: the administration had sought to end u.s. involvement in the 14-year war
that began less than one month after the 9/11 attacks. the plan had been to cut dramatically the number of troops next year. now the 9800 troops will remain through most or all of 2016 dropping to 5,500 in 2017. >> the afghan security forces uneven performance in this fighting season also underscores that their shortfalls will persist well beyond this year. >> reporter: the country remains fragile. the taliban in a surprise attack last month seized kunduz, a major city in afghanistan. in the fight to push the taliban back, a u.s. air strike hit a hospital killing doctors and patients. and just last weekend u.s. forces participated in a huge raid on an al qaeda training site while touted as a success it shows extremists are still operating there. the four-star commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan had made
clear he was not ready for a quick drawdown. >> in your professional military judgment, conditions on the ground at the present time would require some revision of the withdrawal plan to a kabul centric 1,000 personnel by the end of 2016, is that correct? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: some republican presidential candidates want more troops. president obama's decision not the final word. >> i suspect that we will continue to evaluate this going forward as will the next president. and as conditions improve we'll be in position to make further adjustments. >> reporter: so the nation's longest war not over yet, jake. >> barbara starr at the pentagon. thank you. joining me right now to discuss this is republican senator and presidential candidate lindsey graham. he's a member of the armed services committee. he also served as an air force reservist with task force 435 dealing with detainee operations in afghanistan.
senator graham, thanks so much for being here. >> hey, thanks for having me. >> so, senator, the next president whomever that is will come into office and there will be roughly 5,000 u.s. troops on the ground in afghanistan. if you are that commander in chief, what would you do send in even more? >> yeah, because no commander's recommending 5,500. 13,600 is what general allen recommended. 9,800 is the bare minimum. the 5,500 is a political choice by the president. i'm glad he's allowing 9,800 to stay through 2016. but if we go to 5,500 we're going to jeopardize everything we fought for in afghanistan. i definitely go back up to 9, 800. >> in a statement today you said this is a decision by the president that will, quote, require our men and women in uniform to accept incredibly high risk with little support simply because obama's the president who promised to end wars, unquote. so you're suggesting president obama is ignoring his generals and the security situation on the ground for his legacy?
>> i'm telling you he's picked a number that's not militarily sound. he intentionally ignored all military advice to keep a residual force in iraq. we paid a price. and this 5,500 number is not a militarily sound number. i think he is conflicted here. he understands the security environment's deteriorating. he also is trying to keep a campaign promise of ending wars. and he split the baby so to speak, and that's the worst possible outcome. you're putting our soldiers at risk. you don't have enough people at 5,500 to do a counterterrorism mission that protects our homeland and had the reach you need in afghanistan. i think it's the worst of all decisions. >> this is already of course been the longest war in american history. how long should the u.s. be in afghanistan? >> we should leave when it's safe to leave. look at afghanistan as an insurance policy. if we had troops in afghanistan, there never would have been a 9/11. the counterterrorism mission is a pretty robust mission all of its own to deal with the rise of
isil in afghanistan, to police the afghan-pakistan border. it is in our national security interest to get afghanistan right. we won't be judged by when we left but by what we left behind. the good news is about 10,000 will hold the country together. and look at it as an insurance policy against another 9/11. and we have eyes and ears on the most dangerous place in the world. it would be fool heartedly to leave afghanistan right now with the world on fire in terms of international terrorism. >> if you became president, what would the goal of the u.s. in afghanistan be? what would these brave men and women risking and giving their lives for, what would it be for? >> to create a line of defense for the american homeland to make sure that no terrorist organization could take hold inside of afghanistan along the pakistan-afghan border to launch a strike against the united states like the first 9/11 to ensure that the afghan people over time can chart their own
destiny. they're not taken over by radical islamists. that all the gains we fought for, everything we fought and died for is preserved, that over time afghan becomes a stable, secure ally of the united states and antedote to terrorism that the launching pad where 9/11 really started is transformed. and in the last 15 years we've done a lot of good. children in school, economic progress, infant mortality rate down by half, life expectancy up. so in the last 15 years we've made a lot of progress, but there's yet more to do. >> senator lindsey graham, thanks so much. >> thank you. some news breaking in politics today. former speaker of the house dennis hastert allegedly paid $3.5 million to get someone to shut up and then lied to the fbi about the hush money. today we learned that the man once second in line to succeed the president could go where he won't be heard from for quite a while, prison. lawyers for the illinois politician told a judge this morning their client plans to plead guilty to lying to federal
investigators. the move means that hastert will not face a trial and will not face questions from prosecutors about just why he paid all that money to cover up something. two sources told cnn in june that that money went to a former student of hastert's to keep him quiet about allegations. hastert a former high school wrestling coach allegedly sexually abused that student years before. hastert is slated to formally enter his plea later this month. in our politics lead, donald trump threatening to pull out of the next republican debate if the rules are not changed. what are his specific demands? that story next. big day? ah, the usual. moved some new cars. hauled a bunch of steel. kept the supermarket shelves stocked.
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up. that's what he says today about the next republican debate. trump is giving the business to all his gop rivals. just take a look at our latest cnn/orc polls from nevada and south carolina. it's not really even close being the front runner has trump feeling his oats because he's now threatening to pack up saddle bags and leave the cnbc debate high and dry. let's bring in political reporter sara murray. everything is in negotiation to donald trump i'm sure including debates. what exactly does he want? >> you are absolutely right. it's not just trump this time. it's ben carson too. they're going to cnbc and saying, look, unless you agree to limit this debate to two hours and unless you agree to give us opening and closing statements, then maybe we just won't participate. in particular the length of debates has been a big complaint for donald trump. he goes out on the stump, he talks about how long the cnn debate was, he talks about how the extra hour was just to sell ads. and he says he doesn't want to see a repeat of this. i think the big question here, what we're all wondering is
whether someone like donald trump is really going to give away a potential audience of 20 million viewers, those are the kinds of numbers we're seeing for the republican debates, and really not show up. these negotiations are still ongoing. i'm sure cnbc would love to see him on stage and the rnc of course wants to see all their candidates there. so we'll just have to stay tuned to see how this negotiation plays out, jake. >> as the moderator of the last debate, i should point out one of the reasons it was so long is the fact that there were 11 candidates on stage. >> absolutely. it's not like the democratic debates, which is what trump is talking about, where you just have a couple candidates on stage. and when you do opening and closing statements, you're talking about adding, you know, you're talking about adding a big chunk of time. i think that's why cnbc is trying to make these changes. >> one thing i want to ask you about, i heard carly fiorina on the stump today in iowa faced a rather bigoted question from a voter. what happened? how did she handle it? >> this was a question very similar to one donald trump recently got about muslims in the u.s. i think we have a little bit of
sound. let's listen to that. >> especially the muslims are really raising heck right now. they want us to change our whole country to suit them. if they don't like the united states, get out of here, take your camel and beat it. >> well, you know, people are so frustrated and angry with the immigration situation. let me say that one of the most important things about this nation is that we judge people as individuals. so i'm not willing to condemn any group of people. i'm willing to judge each individual. >> you see there carly fiorina handling this question much more adeptly than donald trump did where he just kind of pretended like this wasn't an insult toward an entire population of people saying, look, we need to judge people individually. and, yes, there's an issue with our immigration system and we will deal with that but you can't paint an entire group of people negatively like that. >> sara murray, thank you so much. democrats insisted there was fire after kevin mccarthy sent up shall we say some very thick smoke signals. the republican majority leader
tied the formation of the house benghazi committee to the goal of tanking hillary clinton's poll numbers. then of course we broke the story right here on cnn about how an investigator for the committee told me he was given the boot for among other reasons wanting to focus his efforts on officials other than clinton and her aides. the committee denied that of course. now another republican congressman is fueling the fire. let's get right to cnn's senior white house correspondent jim acosta, jim. >> jake, it's almost as if the clinton campaign doesn't mind talking about benghazi anymore. hillary clinton was trying to keep her post debate momentum going today courting latino voters and talking about donald trump's hair. meanwhile, her democratic rival bernie sanders he was busting a move on the daytime tv dance floor. feeling some post debate confidence, hillary clinton looked like she was test driving running mates, snagging the endorsement of risie ining democ star housing secretary julian castro.
earlier today at the hispanic chamber of commerce clinton accused republicans of pairing donald trump on a crucialish view for latino voters immigration. >> they all to a degree or so sound like him they just don't have the piz sass and hair. >> reporter: two weeks after house majority leader kevin mccarthy seemed to suggest that the committee investigating benghazi was designed to damage clinton. >> this may not be politically correct, but i think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people, an individual, hillary clinton. >> reporter: the clinton campaign fired back saying the benghazi inquiry has zero credibility left. aiming for a different kind of credibility, clinton's rival bernie sanders showed off his dance moves on the "ellen degeneres" show. >> have you ever been in handcuffs? >> yes. i don't know exactly what you mean by that. >> all right.
that's all right. leave it. >> joe biden was doing some tap dancing of his own avoiding questions once again about whether he will run for president. >> you running for president? have you made your decision yet? >> i can't hear you. >> have you made your decision yet? is there still an opening for you in the race, sir? >> i'm here to greet president park. >> heeding conventional wisdom in washington the vice president's window of opportunity is closing. >> the las vegas debate on cnn moderated is a historic moment for hillary clinton. it reminded people why she is good and formidable. and i think it lessens the chances that biden could enter. >> hey, how are you? >> but biden supporters argue there is still space for the vice president to join the race. >> with a stature he would bring
to the race the minute he got in the race the entire narrative would change and we start talking about the first debate in iowa in november. >> now biden backers suspect the vice president may now wait to see how hillary clinton handles her appearance before the benghazi committee next week. her long time aide and biden's office says he has yet to make an announcement or decision on whether he was running but he was using that old ronald reagan tactic today. what's that? i can't hear you. he could clearly hear the questions. >> but talk the decision, tick tock. >> he's running out of time. it's got to be soon. >> jim acosta, thank you so much. tomorrow right here on "the lead," i will be in new hampshire where i will be interviewing the democratic front runner hillary clinton. don't miss that tomorrow 4:00 p.m. eastern. coming up, he's come up short in recent polls, so how much money does jeb bush have to fuel his campaign? some new numbers just in next in our politics lead. and, the u.s. is about to get involved will anything put an end to a wave of terror attacks across israel? we'll talk to israel's u.s. ambassador next.
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welcome back to "the lead." let's stay with our politics lead. donald trump is building a campaign army he says. the poll leader in new hampshire claims he now has 1,000 foot soldiers and activists ready to organize. that's the headline on the front page of the new hampshire union leader today. some in the republican establishment are punching holes through walls sobbing, asking themselves is donald trump really going to win the republican presidential nomination? let's talk about 2016 with cnn politic political commentator and former press secretary. amanda, let me start with you very quickly. can trump win the nomination?
and if he does, can he beat hillary clinton? >> i would say yes. in this environment anything can happen. i've spent, you know, like you all a lot of time thinking about donald trump why is it working. if you take away all the character and all the bluster, you have a republican with a pretty solid jobs and growth message, which is in the conservative wheelhouse. add on top of that his strong stance against illegal immigration when everyone is so upset about that issue right now. gets a hillary clinton who on the debate stage was promising taxpayer funded obamacare for illegal aliens, that's a matchup where i think trump could actually win. >> democrats seem to think if trump gets the nomination hillary will clobber him. are you as confident? i'm not sure that i think that's the case. >> look, i'm confident that she'll get through it. and i think republicans have to take this very seriously. look, trump has been out front the entire campaign. in 2012 there was a republican flavor of the month, but trump has been out front with carson slightly behind him throughout the campaign. i think there's a clear
anti-establishment fervor on the republican side that you didn't see on the democratic side in the debate the other night or in any of the polls. so i think, you know, the country's fairly divided. structurally democrats are favored in white house elections. i think that's a big asset for hillary going into that. and trump is prone to heirs, they keep oncoming. >> helped in the immigration fight. >> they keep coming but not sticking necessarily. i don't think hillary clinton is going to be nearly as tested as any republican judging from the debate. she had a strong performance because no democrat was willing to challenge her. and she's not going to have that environment against a republican on the debate stage where people will go after her on all the issues. >> i think that's true. i do think they've been going after her already anyway. but let me ask a question about jeb bush. hefrs on the trail today in new hampshire. donors have been publicly worrying about his fund raising as he's been doing belt tightening, we looked at his fund raising $13.4 million
raised in the third quarter. do you think that's enough to calm folk sns. >> it's a good haul but he had all the money in the world from the beginning. money was never an issue for jeb bush. the question is what is his message and why is he getting no traction among primary voters? that still remains to be seen. >> what did you think of bernie sanders today's performance as long as i have you here and we haven't talked since then. i thought it was fairly strong and his supporters are saying he clearly won the debate raised $2 million that night. >> he's got a big intensity of support among the activist base. big crowds are coming to his events, but look i worked for howard dean in 2004. you know, on caucus night organization matters. and the supporters from boston and seattle ultimately didn't show up on that cold iowa night. he's got a very strong message about the hollowing out of the middle class. i didn't think he was as strong on other issues. i thought it was bizarre to campaign as the consensus candidate on gun violence when he's sort of been shouting into the wilderness and congress in
many issues and passed very little. >> hillary clinton got good reviews coming out of the debate, but republicans are bashing her for one comment -- for many but one in particular. she was asked to name enemies. she named insurance companies and other groups. but she also said republicans when asked to name enemies. here's what governor john kasich in the midst of campaigning had to say about that. >> she bragged that she made enemies out of republicans? >> yep. that's exactly what she said. >> hey, is that where this country's going? the leading candidate for the democrat nomination is bragging about the fact that republicans don't like her and she's proud of that? i got to tell you, that's a disgrace. >> does she need to do some clean up there, you think? >> you know, maybe to put it in a broader context. but i think one of the contrast points during this campaign, you know, president obama reached out to republicans time and time again during this administration. but mitch mcconnell on the eve
of the first inauguration said that defeating the president was their top priority. and republicans wouldn't come to the table. >> but she didn't say republican officials. she didn't say republican leaders. she said republicans. and that's, you know, half the country or 40% of it. >> look, i think these are one of these moments that's quickly explained within the course of the news cycle. i'm sure that the clinton campaign is doing that. but i ultimately see the broader point that she's willing to stand up to and take on the republican agenda. >> that's a good point. but i want to pay your former boss a compliment. barack obama never would have said anything like that on the campaign trail. and i think there's a huge difference between candidate hillary clinton and candidate obama. she is attempting to follow kind of the mold that president obama did, but he was so much more charismatic, so much more appealing. and she's trying to go after, you know, follow bernie sanders voters on wall street issues, saying odd things about republicans. that's not how obama won. and she is going to continue to alienate republican voters, gun owners and all competing to see
who is most hated by the nra. this isn't a path towards uniting the country. and if that's the way they're going to go, they're going to lose tremendously. >> we've won over amanda carpenter. >> no, no, i just said obama's a better candidate that hillary. >> thank you amanda. appreciate it. in our world lead, israel on edge now urging citizens to carry guns in response to several stabbings and terrorist attacks. those leaders are now being accused of making already tense situation even worse. our own phil black is live in jerusalem. that story next. (vo) what does the world run on?
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making headlines in our world lead today, tensions running high in israel and the palestinian territories after a wave of terrorist stabbings by palestinians have israelis on edge while the crackdown by israeli forces is being accused of feeding further unrest. palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas accused israel of declaring open season on palestinians. israeli officials fired back saying abbas has done nothing to quell the deadly violence and in some cases has incited it. let's get right to international correspondent phil black live in jerusalem. phil, what's the mood on the ground there tonight? >> reporter: jake, on the streets there is real fear. it is tense. and from the israeli government today great anger that prime minister benjamin netanyahu spoke forcefully, rejecting h hitting back at a u.s. state department statement saying israel may be using excessive force. he says that's absurd and unfair. but he's really angry with the leader of the palestinian authority, mahmoud abbas, who
said israeli forces are executing children. he says that that is the sort of statement that is inciting these attacks and only going to cause more of them, jake. >> and what type of additional security measures have been taken by israel? >> there's a really visible security presence on the streets. it is everywhere. in east jerusalem the palestinian settlements, sorry, communities there, they are respectively locked down. we've had fortified checkpoints put in that are really restricting who can come in and who can leave. the locals there are pretty angry about that, but the government believes it is a necessary and reasonable step to take. and israeli citizens themselves, those who legally own weapons, are being encouraged to carry them in the streets. now, the government makes the point that because of compulsory military service here israelis know how to handle weapons safely. and when necessary effectively too. but it really shows what a challenge it is here to police
and to stop these very sudden random attacks against people in the streets involving knives and other cutting implements, jake. >> all right. phil black in israel. thank you so much. joining me now is israeli ambassador to the united states ron dermer, thanks so much for being here. >> thank you. >> we were talking about israeli officials and palestinian officials trading accusations but specifically saying mahmoud abbas ahead of the palestinian authority is inciting violence. you brought some posters that prime minister netanyahu also held up at a press conference. what are they? >> this is a poster of one of the people who stabbed -- this particular person stabbed three israelis. and the point that i want to make is that this is a poster that is being spread all over palestinian areas. and it's -- the president of the palestinian authority and ar fat. they're glorifying these people as heroes. until today president abbas has not actually condemned a single terror attack. >> how are you sure that that's
from the palestinian authority and not just somebody who made a poster? >> no, no, this -- look. the head of the palestinian authority went on television yesterday. he accused israel of executing an innocent boy. first of all, the person is not dead. the boy is actually in an israeli hospital. second of all, it's not an innocent person. what you're talking about is somebody who was stabbing another -- a 13-year-old jewish boy in jerusalem stabbing him multiple times. you had a 15-year-old and 13-year-old, two teenagers with knives going around stabbing people. these are not innocent civilians that all of a sudden israel is opening fire against. these are people who are trying to kill. fortunately we've been able to stop a lot of those attacks. we haven't been perfect and that's why we have eight israelis who have died. >> the u.s. state department spokesman had this to say about israel yesterday. >> we've certainly seen some reports of what many would consider excessive use of force. obviously we don't like to see that. >> excessive force.
now, kirby tried to walk that back today. >> i think he did more than try. i think he made it clear that we're not suggesting that israels use excessive force. i don't know specifically what he was talking about yesterday and today you'd have to ask him. but we're not using excessive force. we have a major problem. we have attacks throughout the country. we have eight israelis who've been murdered. unfortunately we have had some success in preventing some of these attacks but not enough and we have to continue to be vigilant. >> these seem to be lone wolf attacks. now, i would never do anything to excuse violence, but how do you respond to those who say these young people are hopeless and the israeli government and the palestinian authority could do something more to erase that hopelessness. again, just to underline i'm not excusing any violence. >> i understand. people have to understand those people who think that it's despair that drives terror, hopelessness are clueless. they actually don't understand what drives terrorism.
there are a lot of conflicts around the world. a lot of political social national conflict. why in this conflict you have people taking guns and knives and killing civilians. that doesn't happen in many places around the world. you know, you've had an occupation of cypress for over 40 years. why would you have them going around taking knives and killing people in the streets? i'll tell you why. because when they're raised from 2, 3, 4 years old, they're not put in an education system where they celebrate and glorify killers. that is what's happening in palestinian society. they're creating a palestinian generation level after level in their education system, through their media through kindergarten camps where they teach people to wear suicide vests and glorify killers. they have public squares in palestinian areas named after mass murderers. who are the heroes of palestinian society? in america who are the heroes? people want to grow up to be a doctor, a firefighter, an athlete, maybe they want to be in hollywood.
in palestinian areas the heroes are killers. who is responsible for that? the leadership of the palestinians have to take a clear stand against terrorism. and instead of actually dousing the flames, they're pouring more and more fuel on the fire. >> very quickly, sir, if you would. are you not at all concerned that by encouraging israeli civilians to carry firearms -- and i understand there's conscription in israel and they're better trained with firearms than just the average population in the average country, but are you not at all concerned this could enflame tensions and make things worse? i cite for you an example of an israeli stabbing another israeli this week thinking that that israeli was an arab, not that that would have excused it. and that's the kind of thing that might happen except with guns. >> no, no, i'm not concerned. look, i think there's a mistake here people are trying to project issues in the united states on israel. look, we have never, jake, had a situation like you've had in these terrible incidents you had in sandy hook or in oregon recently or aurora, that to my knowledge has never happened in
the israel. we have a citizens army. there are a lot of people carrying guns. you know when you go on the streets there are a lot of people carrying guns. >> they're often in uniform. >> in the united states you don't have it. we have saved hundreds and hundreds of lives because we have that citizen army because people are on reserves and are armed. when a terrorist goes and stabs one or two people, they don't get to kill a third and fourth because by that time there's somebody there able to take action and stop them. >> ambassador dermer, thanks for being here. hope there's peace in the region soon. a shocking report u.s. drone strikes may be based on shaky intelligence. and lamar odom clinging to life. why the kardashians may have the final say when it comes to his fate. i have type 2 diabetes.
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100% accurate when it comes to killing the wrong people. an intelligence source who's now being called the second coming up edward snowden claims the public has no idea of the number of bystanders killed by these aircraft. this person leaked classified documents to the intercept, that news organization co-founded by glen green wald part of a team awarded the pulitzer prize. this new source claims close to nine out of every ten people killed in drone strikes by the u.s. are not the intended target, a death toll that includes scores of civilians. intercept co-founder jeremy skahill joins me now. he wrote two of the stories published today about drones for the intercept. jeremy, thanks for being here. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> the intercept reporting that in a five-year period the drone program killed 35 intended targets and 219 others in the story by ryan def row he asserts the vast majority of those killed in the air strikes were not the direct targets, nor did the campaign succeed in
significant significantly degrading al qaeda's oerpgs in the region. not just immoral because bystanders are killed, they're ineffective. >> it wasn't a five-year period. it was a five-month period they killed a couple hundred people. and nearly 90% of the people they killed were not the intended target. you know, i've spoken with several people who worked on the drone program including our source who said that oftentimes they have no idea who they're killing and that they're actually in fact targeting cell phones and not actually people. and in the stories that we reported, you know, we quote and we interviewed lieutenant general michael flynn who was the head of jsoc, the elite commando unit that killed osama bin laden, their intelligence unit. he basically said drone strikes are counterproductive making a martyr out of these people, we've just encouraged them to fight even harder. i think what these documents show is first of all this bureaucracy of assassination and the cold corporate language that the military uses to describe
what is actually hunting human beings. and, jake, i think the clearest thing that we want people to take away from this is that these tactics are not only counterproductive, they are resulting in killing innocent people and making new enemies for the united states. and i think everyone who is concerned about democracy should celebrate the fact that someone very brave came forward and made these documents available to the public. >> jeremy, you write in one of your stories that, quote, the obama administration masks the true number of civilians killed by drone strikes by categorizing unidentified people as enemies even if they were not the intended targets. do you have evidence that these individuals killed were clearly innocent? or is it just that the u.s. government has no idea who they were? >> well, jake, you know, what we do know is that the first covert air strike that president obama personally authorized in yemen killed more than 40 people roughly half of them women and children in a cluster bombing. in afghanistan, which is the specific case that you're talking about, we know that 90%
of the people they don't know their identities. and the way that the white house set this up and this was really john brennan, his brainchild, is that they created a mathematical equation for determining civilians killed that would almost always result in zero. in other words, if you can prove post h -- it's an oops we'll pay them money but sort of a reverse judicial process but there's no trial and no verdict. you're just assassinated. >> we asked the pentagon about the series and the pentagon would say, the report you reference is internal classified document. we do not comment on the details of classified reports. you also did not get an on the record. has anyone other than your source weighed in on your reporting in background in any way? >> let me say this. i was on the conference call today that the white house had with anonymous senior officials that were not allowed to name. and the first question from the press was, how does obama's
afghanistan policy effect the election of 2016? i mean, look, the reality here is that this administration is drunk on secrecy except when it's convenient. john brennan leaked like a sieve in the aftermath of the osama bin laden and almost everything turns out he said not true. when they discuss classified information and when they don't. they're waging a war on whistleblowers and independent journalism trying to hold them accountable. >> jeremy, thank you as always. coming up next, she filed for divorce two years ago but cloe clkhloe kardashian is still makg decisions on lamar odom. whatever you're doing, plan well and enjoy life... ♪ or, as we say at unitedhealthcare insurance company, go long. how you plan is up to you.
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final important medical decisions right now. she has gone out through representatives saying she does not want the owner of this brothel talking anymore. but he dropped a bombshell on nancy grace just a short time ago saying basically lamar odom gave him a credit card and spent $75,000 for two girls. all of this in that ill-fated trip to nigh county. >> okay. they just add this to it. they just told me -- somebody just came up to me and said he apparently had some cocaine on him that he finished -- he did this on saturday. >> that call came from the love ranch, a brothel in unincorporated crystal, nevada. but one of lamar odom's wild world led this two-time nba champion, reality star khloe kardashian's estranged husband to this remote place? t.j. moore picked up odom in las vegas, drove him to crystal and got a sense he wanted to completely escape. >> he did not indicate what he was getting away from, but he
was very adamant about no phone calls, don't acknowledge that he was here. he just wanted some rest and relaxation. >> apparently odom's escape plan included popping pills, sexual performance enhancing drugs. love ranch owner dennis hoff is a reality tv star of sorts too from hbo's cat house. >> the girl said he had taken eight or ten of them. i don't know whether that means in a short period of time or since saturday when he got there. you know, one of the speculations is he had been doing coke before he got there. >> and so the sheriff got a search warrant and obtained odom's blood to determine what if any drugs were in his system. friends, relatives, teammates, all describe odom as a 6'10" gentle giant, easy going but perhaps uneasy about reality tv. his grandmother told cnn, being on the show in the spotlight could have gotten to him.
and back here live at the hospital, last word is lamar odom still on life support. back to you now, jake. >> all right. paul vercammen, thaing so much. don't forget to tune in tomorrow for my interview with the democratic front runner hillary clinton. that's it for "the lead." i turn you over to one mr. wolf blitzer who is in "the situation room." thanks for watching. happening now, fragile fight. president obama delays the withdrawal of u.s. troops to afghanistan after acknowledging the shaky security there following the taliban recently capturing a major city. is putin winning? the russian leader outmaneuvers the u.s. and shows off his global reach as his jets and missiles pound targets in syria. but will syria soon turn into a quagmire for vladimir putin? out to get clinton. another republican lawmaker says the benghazi committee was designed to hurt hillary clinton and the democratic front runner now turn this to her advantage. and