tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN October 23, 2015 4:00pm-5:01pm PDT
united states? >> incredibly risky. they think it's unlikely, but they have to expand that net. >> brian todd, thanks very much. you can follow me ton twitter. tweet me @wolfblitzer, tweet the show and join us here monday right here in "the situation room." i'm wolf blitzer. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next, months storm. hurricane patricia, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded barrelling into the pacific coast. millions in its path, almost no time to evacuate. we are live where patricia is slamming onshore. plus, donald trump taking a big hit in the polls today, gearing up to slam ben carson. speaking at a rally this hour, we'll go live to miami. and isis killing a u.s. commando in iraq. the intel for his mission terribly wrong. what happened? let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, breaking
news. the strongest hurricane ever. hurricane patricia being called the most powerful in recorded history. look at this picture of the mammoth storm. this was taken from the international space station. this is a storm defying history in almost every way, exploding overnight from nothing more than a tropical storm to a category 5 hurricane. that happened in just 24 hours. now hurricane patricia is about to slam into the pacific coast of mexico, with wind speeds at about 200 miles an hour and higher. gusts well above that. millions of people, including an unknown number of american tourists, in its path tonight. desperately trying to evacuate. obviously, so little time, because no one expected this. patricia is a catastrophic storm. forecasters warning the possibility of death and destruction is high. martin savage begins our coverage "outfront" tonight in puerto vallarta where the storm will make landfall. and obviously, martin, you are
minutes, maybe an hour or so away. i know it's very close. how bad are things right now where the storm's hitting? >> reporter: given everything you've just described, you would expect to come to us and see utter destruction in the background and me hanging on by my eyelashes. it's not happening, not here. that devastation is taking place, but not here. it is still going to get here, but it doesn't appear it's going to be a direct hit. and that is, of course, for the people who live here and for all those that are evacuated, extremely welcome news. because this city, right on the coast, as it is, and being such a tourist mecca, is so vulnerable. and that's what they feared, because there was so little time to prepare. they still were able to evacuate thousands of tourists, many of them are actually taken far away to get out of the path of this storm. and then the other local people here have been put into shelters. so right now, they're hunkered down, hardly anybody is out.
everything is shut down. the power is still on. that's good news. but the devastation hasn't occurred and it doesn't look like it's going to occur here. but again, i can't stress to you, it is happening. and probably not that far away. it is a horrific storm, erin? >> i mean, some of the images we're seeing, marty, are truly incredible. do we have any sense of the human cost of this yet? >> reporter: no, you don't. i mean, because of what we both have just stressed here is the lack of real lead time for preparation. this is an emergency manager's nightmare that you would have a storm that literally explodes off the coast with no time to essentially plan or even move people. they've done the best they've could. they've even pre-positioned heavy earth-moving equipment. we saw that on the seven-hour drive for us to get into the city. almost all the traffic, of course, outbound. but we saw heavy earth-moving equipment being brought in. that's key, because roads are bound to be closed by mud slides, if not by debris.
you can't move in the first responders and help if you can't drive down the road. it's going to be a very anxious night, erin. >> all right. martin savage, thank you very much, in puerto vallarta. 15,000 tourists have been evacuated. there are still countless americans in harm's way, though, tonight. amarah bessa is one of them. she's staying in puerto vallarta, mexico. amarah, you were evacuated from your room this afternoon. where are you right now? >> yes, they evacuated everybody into the employee building, which apparently is supposed to be the safest building on site here. it's built out of all cement and they're in the process of boarding up all windows right now. >> and what's it like? how many people are there? what's the situation in terms of food and water? >> it was pretty chaotic at first, you know, i think a bit of panic set in for a lot of people, and people were kind of rushing to get a space inside
the building. it actually ended up being about three floors here and they have pulled in pool chairs for people to be able to lay on. there were pillows and blankets being distributed and they were bringing around sandwiches and water for people. certain areas of the building are a little nicer than others. we actually initially had air-conditioning in a few sections of the building, but there is an entire floor that did not. and it was about 100 degrees here in that area. so very claustrophobic because it was all boarded up. >> and you know, this was something that really wasn't expected amarah, it was a astronomer, and then overnight, from nothing to the strongest storm in history. no one expected it. do you feel like the resort you're at is prepared? >> yeah, you know, i think that they could be a little more prepared, but, i mean, we were actually headed the into puerto vallarta to the city for a dinner reservation when we found out the hurricane was coming.
so, we were very unprepared. and then first thing this morning, you know, heard that it was going to be a category 5. so i raced over to the market here first thing in the morning and everybody at the resort was doing the same thing, to get food and water and make sure that we would have something. i feel like, you know, i've never been through something like this. so they didn't give us a whole lot of information on how to prepare and they told everyone to meet in the lobby at a certain time and they evacuated everyone out of the building. >> well, we will be thinking of you, and dpluk, amarah. i hope the next few hours go safely for you. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> i want to go now to captain chase allen. he's a pilot with the 35rd weather reconnaissance weather squ squ squadron. he flew into hurricane patricia, reporting winds of over 200 miles an hour. this is the strongest storm in
recorded history. what was it like inside? >> severe turbulence. there was a lot of rain associated with the storm, obviously. the eye was very well-defined and very well wrapped around, i guess you could say. and so penetrating the wall was, like i said, severe turbulence and a lot of rain and it was a small eye wall, so we had to work really quickly to drop the weather instruments. usually, in a storm, you have an item might be 30 nautical miles, so you have more time to work on dropping your weather instruments. in this case, everything happened so quickly with the small eye like that, there's a lot going on, and we were just having to work as a crew together and deal with the task at hand, and just back each other up all the way. so, it was pretty intense ride, but overall, worked out and we
got some good data out of it. >> pretty stunning. how do you keep control? we're talking about the strongest storm in recorded history. how do you as a pilot stay in control with rain like that, with wind like that, with turbulence? i mean, it's incredible. >> it is. the c-130 is a big airplane, so it's proven to handle itself well. and as a pilot, we just make sure if we're encountering severe turbulence like that, we remain correct altitude with the airplane and keep control of the airplane and do what we need to do to keep safety, basically. >> have you ever experienced anything like this? i mean, you, obviously, have done this many times, going in around the eye walls and dealing with this. but when we say, you know, biggest in history, or strongest in history, what -- have you seen anything like that it? >> i've experienced some turbulence -- i wouldn't say as severe, but i have had some turbulence that has definitely been a wake-up call.
so i was expecting this going in to patricia, but this was definitely the most severe storm that i've flown to date, as far as turbulence. >> and you were flying, i know, low, in order to get your instruments, in order to get all the data. what could you see when you looked at the surface of the ocean. >> normally when you break out in the eye, you would have what we call a stadium effect. so you'd see the whole eye wall from inside the eye, which is a really good picture, and you can look straight up, sometimes, see clear skies, but we didn't have any of that. we could just see lightning flashes and that was pretty much it. >> all right, captain allen, thank you so much for being with us. >> you're welcome. thanks for having me. >> all right. i want to go now to meteorologist jennifer gray. jennifer, how bad is this going to be? >> this could possibly be catastrophic, especially for the town that this eye crosses over. and it is doing that as we speak. the good news about this storm, if there is any, is that it is
small in size. it's powerful, but it's small. so hurricane force winds only extend about 35 miles from the center, but you can see it approaching landfall right now. it is continuing to weaken, but winds, 190 miles per hour, with gusts of 235 miles per hour. this is unprecedented. we've never had a storm this strong making landfall. and so this is going to be devastating for the area where it is crossing over right now. la manzanilla is basically the coastal town we can find that is closest to where that eye is crossing. the official statement hasn't come out about it making landfall, but it is approaching, as we speak. it is going to move quickly, a category 3 by 11:00 tonight, so it's going to lose strength rapidly, but it is going to contain a lot of rain and we are going to see that storm surge that we've been talking about all day, that's going to come with that category 5 storm. so it is making landfall, as a
category 5, erin, and then it is going to be downgraded to a tropical storm. rain is going to be a huge concern, as well. we could see anywhere from 10 to 20 inches of rain. and once it enters this mountainous terrain, that's going to shred the storm and cause it to weaken. we could see mud slides in this area because of the terrain and the amount of rainfall that's expected, erin. >> jennifer, thank you very much. we'll keep monitoring that as it gets ready to hit land, more fully up near puerto vallarta. "outfront" next, though, we are standing by for donald trump about to speak live before a big crowd in jeb bush and marco rubio's backyard, as a second poll shows him trailing ben carson in hawaii. is it over? plus, hillary clinton coming off what's being called the best ten days of her political career. has she really, though, put benghazi behind her? and a u.s. soldier killed in an ill-faded raid on an iraqi prison. tonight, shocking new details about how that raid went down and went wrong. order panera's new
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you're looking at live pictures out of miami, florida. i'll show you here, that's the podium where donald trump will be in a moment, holding a campaign rally right in the backyard of marco rubio and jeb bush. we're waiting to see if he attacks his latest rival, ben carson. the latest poll shows trump behind carson. jake tapper just sat down with donald trump moments ago, asked him about these polls. here's what he said. >> well, first of all, i was really surprised to see it, because three nights ago, i was in iowa. we had a packed house. we had 4,000 people and it was a lovefest. and i've done really well with the evangelicals, with the tea party and everything, and i just don't understand the number. but you know what, i accept the number. it means i have to work a little bit harder in iowa. >> "outfront" now, sarah murray. she's live at the trump event in miami.
sarah, obviously, that's pretty calm donald trump, but saying he accepts it and will work harder. not fighting back against it. how worried is his campaign against these two new polls? >> i think we're going to get a better sense of that here tonight, erin. i think if you see donald trump come out swinging against ben carson, you will definitely get an indication they're worried. at any rate, this is a guy who loves the poll. he'll probably be a little bit less excited to talk about those tonight. >> donald trump, who lives at the polls -- >> i'm leading in every single poll. >> the reports are amazing. i love polls. i've been at the top of every poll. >> reporter: no longer leads in all of them. today, there's a new man on top in the hawkeye state. dr. ben carson, pulling to the lead in iowa. and it's not a small one. a new "des moines register"/bloomberg politics poll shows carson with 28% support. nine points ahead of donald trump. >> i'm gratified by the fact that so many people are really
paying attention to what i'm saying. because none of the things i'm saying are wild, crazy things. they are very logical things. and if people really sat down and thought about them rather than allowing themselves to be whipped into a frenzy. >> reporter: trump is fresh out of the campaign trail in iowa, where he bragged about his lead. >> i love these polls. and i say to people, when they always say, you love to mention the polls, nobody else does, they say, that's because they're losing. they're not stupid people. >> now, he's struggling to explain two polls in as many days, showing he's no longer on top. >> i was very, very surprised to see sit, because i think we're doing well in iowa. i have a feeling we're doing much better in iowa than the polls are showing, if you want to know the truth. but we had an amazing crowd. i'm sure you saw it, because it was all over television. >> i did. >> reporter: polls show trump is still in first nationwide. but carson is looking to solidify his position, going up on the airwaves with two new ads
slamming washington. >> did you know washington is built on a swamp? massive government debt, stifling regulation, special entrance politics partisan dysfunction. now it all makes sense. washington is broken. >> we're on the verge of greatness. >> meantime, jeb bush in fifth place with just 5% support in iowa is trying to regroup. his campaign is cutting salaries across the board and downsizing their staff at headquarters. >> and that was our sarah murray there. donald trump will be speaking momentarily and we'll be monitoring that to see if he talks about the polls, about ben carson. "outfront" now, jeffrey lord, a donald trump supporter, along with ana navarro, she is our political commentator, jeb bush supporter, also friends with marco rubio. jeff, let me start with you. two polls come out saying donald trump is now not on top and it's a pretty significant lead for ben carson. how concerning is this?
>> well, polls go up and down, but sure, donald trump is right to say he's going to pay attention to them and work harder. i talked to someone in iowa yesterday who gave me the following story, which i thought was very interesting. burlington, iowa, apparently has a population of about 25,000. four years ago, rick santorum won burlington, iowa, with the grand total of 388 votes, period. donald trump had this rally, as he referred to, just this week, in which he had about 4,000 people present in burlington, iowa. that's an indication to me that perhaps these polls are not quite as accurate and reflecting what's on the ground. and i'm also told that about half the people in the audience were women. so -- and a lot of these people were people who have not been involved in politics before and are really out there, specifically for donald trump. so i do think that we need to be careful when we look at these. but there's no question, you look at these polls and you work harder. that's what you do.
>> and ana, i mean, this is -- i guess, obviously, you're supporting jeb bush in fifth place in iowa, so i'm sure you're not thrilled about the polls either. are you surprised, though, that when you see trump on top, and we just -- you know, two days ago, it was 100 days of donald trump on top of every single poll. then, there were two polls, granted, just one state, but a very important state. >> am i surprised to see ben carson on top? not really. in the republican party, we tend to do that. we tend to have -- and change it a lot. to donald trump's credit, and also ben carson, they have managed to stay on top for a very long time. usually, we play a little bit more of musical chairs at a faster pace than what it's been in 2016. but i think as the campaign goes on, as the year goes on, people are focusing on policy, people are focusing on the candidates, and i think you, you know, donald trump, his shtick gets a little old after a while. he's had some issues with liblgs and faith voters. and i think people, frankly,
like ben carson's personality. >> so, let me ask you about this, jeff, because now all of a sudden, look, donald trump has been the subject of an incredible amount of scrutiny and criticism, right? and that maybe gains you in the polls, but can also start to hurt in the polls. ben carson will now start getting a little bit more of that. and he was asked today about being first place in iowa. first, i want to play for you what he said. >> i'm gratified by the fact that so many people are really paying attention to what i'm saying. because none of the things i'm saying are wild, crazy things. they are very logical things. >> you heard him. he said nothing he's saying is wild and crazy. so let's let people hear for themselves what he's been saying. here's ben carson. >> you know, obamacare is really, i think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.
a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out, they're gay. i think the likelihood of hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished had the people be armed. i would not advocate that we put a muslim in charge of this nation. i would absolutely not agree with that. >> look, jeff, are comments like going to end up helping him? now people will start hearing more of this, right? it's going to get more and more dissected. will that help him rise more in the polls? >> i think it depends on where. when you get away from east coast america and west coast america, those comments may resonate or some of them, at least. i think we discussed on your show, erin, that the comment about hitler. and in point of fact, there was a rebellion and he is right, historically. but, you know, some of the others, i understand where they're going to be controversial in different places, but we're talking iowa here, and i think there might be a lot of folks who agree with
it. >> ana, a final word? >> well, you know, erin, donald trump has been saying outrageous things for what, four, five months now and it hasn't hurt him. so i think some other things that ben carson is saying resonates with the base. he became a mythical figure for the republican base when he took on obamacare, in front of president obama, at the national prayer breakfast. and he's become a figure and high profile for that. >> all right, wyatt, thank you both very much -- >> watch the immigration issue, though, erin. >> yes. >> watch the immigration issue. i think donald trump will take him on there. >> all right, we will see. of course, dronald trump, so everyone knows, these are live pictures of donald trump speaking. we'll be watching to see if he talks about these polls, hillary clinton and benghazi and ben carson, we'll bring you those comments if he does. you can see more of that interview with ben carson on "state of the union" at 9:00 a.m. on sunday.
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and we're following the breaking news at this moment. the strongest hurricane ever recorded has made hassle. literally coming onshore as we speak. a category 5 storm, sustained winds of 295 miles per hour, hitting pacific coast of new mexico. the storm surge inundating homes, businesses, resorts. tens of millions in the storm's path. flights to and from the united states canceled, and many a vacationers stranded. a lot of the shelters don't have food, water, or power because the storm got so strong, so quickly, it was completely unexpected. rosa flores is "outfront" live in guadalajara, mexico. rosa, what is the scene where you are tonight? >> reporter: hi, erin. well, my team and i just arrived to guadalajara. we flew in from chicago. and i can tell you that there is a calm before the storm here. a lot of folks are actually
evacuating in this direction. we've been monitoring all of the twitter feeds and all of the cables from the federal government. they have activated every single federal agency imaginable, because they know this is a wicked storm that's on its way. and they're comparing it, erin, to a storm from 1959. authorities say hurricanes were first reported in 1949, they were being recorded. this is how far back they're having to go, because they're expecting this hurricane to be just so incredibly devastating. now, they've got about 1,700 shelters published in the outskirts of that coastal area. now, that will only take about 258,000 people, and so they're bracing for it. they're asking the folks to evacuate from those coastal
carri areas. you probably learned that about 15,000 tourists have been evacuated through these areas. again, erin, there's a calm before the storm here in guadalajara and some of those folks from the coastal areas head to this part of the state. >> thank you very much, rosa flores, reporting live, as we said, from the path of the storm tonight. and tonight, hillary clinton is closing the books on what it says may have been, but i think it's fair to say, has been the ten best days of her campaign. a new poll out of iowa showing her with an 11-point lead over bernie sanders. that's days after their first debate, and just about a day after vice president biden said he's not going to run. and these headlines sum up yesterday's marathon hearing on benghazi. the verdict, hillary clinton emerged unscathed after 11 hours of questions. so, is this the turning point for the democratic front-runner? jeff zeleny is "outfront." >> reporter: hillary clinton is back on her feet. >> hello, everybody! >> reporter: and confident after the strongest ten-day stretch of
her campaign. >> i can't tell you how great it feels to be here on this beautiful day, out in the sunshine. >> reporter: a commanding debate performance, escaping the joe biden challenge, and emerging unscathed from a grueling benghazi hearing. today, a victory lap in virginia. a summertime controversy becoming a fall triumph. >> you want to talk about a fighter, how about those 11 hours of testimony yesterday! >> reporter: virginia governor and longtime clinton confidant, terry mcauliffe, leading the cheers. >> this is why she needs to be our commander in chief! >> the benghazi hearing has hung over clinton's campaign like a dark cloud, but she stood her ground and kept her cool during a session that lasted 11 hours, knowing not everyone is on her side. >> i really don't care what y'all say about me, it doesn't bother me a bit. >> reporter: committee chairman trey gowdy conceded he learned
nothing new. >> i don't know that she testified that much differently today than she has previous times she's testified. >> with the testimony behind her, clinton is trying to build on her momentum. >> you know, a lot of things have been said about me, but quitter is not one of them. >> today, she basked in the glow of the crowd. linda brown, a virginia democrat, said the benghazi hearing was a lifeline for clinton's candidacy. >> how have these last ten days been? >> i think the nation should be applauded. i think she should be applauded. she looks great. she endured 11 hours almost without sweat. it was awesome. >> she's on the rise in iowa. a new quinnipiac poll today shows her at 51%, up 11 points from a month ago. bernie sanders holding steady at 40%. the democratic field is now down to 3. former rhode island governor, lincoln chafee, the latest candidate to drop out. >> obviously, it's a good week for secretary clinton. >> reporter: and clinton extended a hand to joe biden, as she tries to fire up the obama
coalition. >> so i agree with what vice president biden said the other day in the rose garden. democrats should be proud of that record of achievement and we should defend it! >> now, the clinton campaign is celebrating, at least for now. today saying it reported the biggest fund-raising hour of its campaign last night from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. eastern, just after he stepped from the witness chair. she's heading to iowa tomorrow to try to keep this momentum alive and she'll be joined by someone we've seen very little of this year, that's bill clinton. who's about to take his behind-the-scenes role to the forefront and start campaigning even more. erin? >> jeff, thank you very much. "outfront" now, jennifer pal palmeri. clinton has an 11-point lead in iowa. is this a sign that bernie sanders is not a threat anymore? that she can move on behind that? >> no, she's always been doing
better in iowa than she has in other states. 11 points is ---ion, she really had not been as high as that, but that's about where she's been. we feel great she's had a couple of great weeks and the debate was the high point. yesterday we were very proud of how well she did under difficult circumstances, but that was a great moment for to be able to talk about issues and what she would do for people as president. but it is still, you know, both iowa and new hampshire are very close. we know, you know, the system to get the nomination, it's built to be hard and competitive. and senator sanders is a very strong competitor. this is great, but we know -- >> but polls -- >> polls go up and down. and it is going to be a real fight to win iowa and to win new hampshire and go on from there. >> just periodically, talking about the best hour in fund-raising after her testimony. now, that isn't your fault or not your fault, but obviously
your campaign or the democrats have hit the republicans over making benghazi politicized, right? that's been the argument. and yet the democratic congressional campaign committee swob that's the dccc, sent out an e-mail yesterday to raise money after the hearing saying, look at how great she did in this hearing. is that in poor taste? are you frustrated they did that? >> no, it's fine. this is -- our view was, she wanted to go to the hearing -- her hope was that the hearing would be about, what can we do to prevent future tragedies like benghazi, to protect diplomats. it really didn't end up being that way. the republicans have, even outside the committee, made it partisan, operated in an partisan way. so, our campaign didn't do that. we had, we had a lot of social media happening last night standing with hillary. we didn't actually do fund-raising last night, but what was interesting is just to see that people wanted to rally around her, which was nice after -- right when the hearing
ended. >> after the hearing, the chairman of the benghazi committee was asked about whether he learned anything new, trey gowdy. his answer was, i'm sure he's not happy with this answer, but let me just play it for you, jen. >> there are things you learned today? >> i think some of jimmy jordon's questioning. we knew about that. i don't know that she testified that much different today than she has the last time she's testified. >> maybe an honest answer, but honestly not a good one. there were a couple of things in there. >> she did testify the last she has, because nothing's change and the line of questioning hasn't changed. >> there were a couple of things that at least the public didn't know. they didn't know she sent an e-mail to her family saying, an al qaeda-linked group was responsible. the american public didn't know
she had spoken to an egyptian official quickly after the attack and said, it's not linked to the video and it was an al qaeda-linked group. the american public didn't know that. those were new things to the american public. is benghazi really behind her? >> i think so. the moments that you noticed with the e-mail to her family and with the call to the egyptian prime minister, and i was working for president obama at the time of benghazi. those first few days afterwards, it was very confusing. there was literally the fog of war and we had intelligence coming in that said conflicting things. so what you saw in her public statements at the time, what you saw in her private correspondents with her family and in phone conversations is the best information we had then. and the situation kept changing until, eventually, a still relatively muddled picture emerged of a lot of factors that contributed to this. it was partly the video. you know, there was terrorist activity behind this. the man who was eventually arrested said the video had
inspired him. so, but what is revealed when you are able to see how these pieces, what happens behind the scenes is what it's really like to be there, which is conflicting information, and that's what that was reflected on, and that's stuff that has been covered before. i think it's fine and sort of interesting for people to see what happens behind the scenes, but that was the best that she knew at the time. >> yeah, if chairman gowdy didn't get anything new out of it, i don't know that they were asking the right questions. >> appreciate your time tonight. . "outfront" next, an american kman doe killed during a rescue mission in iraq. we're learning shocking new details about how lit the u.s. knew about this mission before the pentagon put american forces lives' on the line. and remember that ceo named the most hated man in america, his company raised the price of a drug by 5,000%. we have a new report tonight how a rival is giving him a run for
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fighting isis. 39-year-old master sergeant joshua wheeler was shot and killkill killed in a hostage rescue mission in iraq. and tonight they're admitting they don't even know who america's top fighters were trying to rescue when they sent them in on this mission. how did this happen? jim sciutto is "outfront" with breaking details tonight. >> reporter: faces with the first u.s. combat death in iraq in four years, pentagon secretary ash carter made clear that u.s. troops will continue to face danger there. >> the administration has taken great pains to say, it's not a ground combat, it's not a major combat rule. >> they will be in harm's way. there's no question about it. and i don't want anybody to be under any illusions about that. >> reporter: a u.s. military official confirms to cnn that master sergeant joshua l. wheeler, 39, of roland, oklahoma, a 20-year military veteran, was a member of the elite delta force. the deadly battle was the first time u.s. forces have directly
engaged isis fighters on the ground in iraq. in a joint operation with kurdish commandos, u.s. special operators from the delta force raided an isis compound to rescue hostages thought to be in imminent danger of execution. u.s. war planes bombed makeshift isis training camps, staging sites, and bridges in the area and five helicopters brought in nearly 30 u.s. special forces and 40 kurdish troops. the u.s. forces were not meant to enter the walled compound or directly engage the isis fighters, but when kurdish fighters inside the compound were overwhelmed, the u.s. commander made the decision to enter the firefight. master sergeant wheeler was shot inside the compound and died later after being transported to a military hospital in irbil. u.s. troops are deployed to iraq on a train, advise, and assist mission.
however, under current rules of engagement, they are allowed to return fire when they or their partner forces come under attack. >> when a firefight ensued, this american ran to the sound of the guns and all the indications are, it was his actions and that of one of his teammates that protected those who were involved in breaching the compound. >> this risky mission was launched to u.s. military officials after u.s. surveillance spotted freshly dug mass graves inside the compound. u.s. officials say that 70 prisoners were rescued. 20 iraqi security forces, as well as iraqi civilians and interestingly, isis fighters accused by their own group of spying. missing, however, were the kurdish captives they were originally sent in to rescue. defense secretary carter says he is proud of master sergeant wheeler. that he, in his words, ran to the sounds of the guns. he made a decision to go into that firefight, but carter also
made clear that there will be more dangerous missions like this going forward in iraq. he said, u.s. troops will continue to be in harm's way. erin? >> jim sciutto, thank you. and i want to go now straight to the former cia operative, bob baer, who spent a lot of time in this area. bob, you just heard jim saying, the defense secretary says there's going to be a lot more raids of this kind. in this raid, they didn't know who they were going to rescue, what they were up against, they had none of this information. what do you say? >> well, erin, i don't worry about our fighting force's capabilities, especially delta. they're very, very good at doing assaults like this. what's clear to me at this point is that they were relying on kurdish intelligence. i spent years working with the kurds, and you have to trust me, it's not very good. so we're putting lives on the line for a group which we really can't trust in terms of the accuracy of their intelligence and it's dangerous. and if we keep on doing this, letting the kurds lead us into
raids like this, we're going to lose a lot more people. >> so, it also, in a sense, feels a little bit like mission creep. you have u.s. delta forces on the ground, fine, they may be the best of the best, but they're the ones making the decision if u.s. special forces are engaging in combat. we've been told there are no combat forces in iraq. the defense secretary saying there are going to be others in harm's way. this is combat. >> this is combat. we're in a ground war now. we're back in a ground war after four years. we've had helicopters helping the kurds for the last year. these blackhawks, heavily armed, have been going and backing them up. but now once you put people on the ground to save this mission, and you're up against an enemy that's determined and they don't mind dying and that's what makes it so dangerous. if we keep on getting deeper into this, again, we are going to take a lot more casualties. >> all right. well, thank you very much, bob baer, pretty sobering report on how this happened. next, the ceo who jacked the price of a life-saving drug to $750 a bill promised to slash the price.
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tonight, competition for the $750 pill a. pharmaceutical ceo caused outrage for hiking the cost by 5,000% and promised to cut it but so far he has utterly failed. there is an alternative now and kyung lah has exclusive access to the lab creating it. >> reporter: this is the market's answer to price gouging. >> how much is each pill? >> 99 cents. >> reporter: just under $1 a bill, compare that to -- >> $18. >> and you took it to $750. >> correct. >> reporter: when the ceo raised the price a whopping 5,000% a month ago, outrage followed. the 32-year-old former hedge
fund manager became a headline as the most hated man in america, a new icon of modern greed and big pharma's biggest expletive. he defending his price hike of a drug that helps people with compromised immune systems like hiv and cancer patients, pregnant women and children. >> we can make a profit and take some profit and put it back into research for the disease. >> reporter: he still hasn't lowered the price, something he promised to do four weeks ago but won't tell us why. only about 100,000 patient as year use it, too small for competition. his company was the only pharmaceutical selling this drug, and that got another thinking. if you can sell it for $1 a pill, how much does it cost to make this? >> that's a good question. well, it's less than a dollar a pill. >> reporter: with the drug outrageously priced, they sense
a market opportunity, a chance with a close cousin of the pill. >> there is inflection if we push the minute and collect more money we'll go everything we went for. >> reporter: their mission is to get affordable reformulations to patients in need says ipmrimus. they are a for profit company. 99 cents a pill is profit enough. their facebook page flooded with support, bravo, heroes, patients with emotional thank yous. >> thank you, thank you for saving lives. >> reporter: does greed have to be the rule when it comes to pharmaceuticals in america? >> absolutely not. >> so kung you have the ceo that jacked this price up and said he would cut it and won't.
how is this company able to sell the same pill for less than a dollar? >> the ceo says even though the ingredients in the medicine, these are fda approved, they did not have to file with the fda for their compound. they saved millions of dollars, they are able to cut the prices and still at 99 cents a pill, they make a significant profit. as far as what the other thinks, he doesn't think it's a threat and calls this a publicity stunt. >> interesting. thank you very much. and we'll be right back.
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