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says the u.s. wasting its cash in building a false democracy in iraq. i. were sitting down with peter van buren state department foreign service officer who a few years ago had it anyway raqi reconstruction team then he came back home and wrote a book titled we meant well how i helped lose the battle for the hearts and minds of the iraqi people and now he says the state department one team fired because of the book what what's in the book that they don't like so much stuff i'm sure when you throw parties the clowns they sometimes get angry state department is a lot like the mafia you don't talk about the family outside the family and the state department was i think bothered by the fact that i told the true story of what happened in iraq which contradicts what they've been putting out through the media for almost eight years now tell me a little bit more about the projects that you were involved in as part of this
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nation building a team that in the sponsored by the united states why do you think those projects failed around two thousand and seven number of state department people were sent to iraq to spend a lot of money to rebuild the country and hopefully create a nation that was going to be our ally and friend and a happy spot in the middle east. it didn't work out that way. instead what happened was that we were sent over there with almost unlimited funds but no vision we had lots of time and lots of people but no one in charge we lacked many things including adult supervision so instead of the long term coordinated efforts that real development work requires we got short term efforts that were thrown together not guided by any broader philosophy and almost were required to fail the very first thing that happened to me was i was presented by my team mates with a fraudulent receipt to sign they had over spent three thousand dollars on snacks
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for a conference and wanted me to sign off on a priest a receipt for printing to make it all right they then tried to talk me into spending twenty five thousand dollars to buy a few sheep to give away to a few widows and that was are going to be our contribution to democracy in the war effort the more i was a fraud it was as close to we were going to buy some sheep from a guy who was going to give them to his relatives who were going to raise them and put the rest in his pocket you could buy a toyota for what we were going to pay for sheep in iraq. the problem was that these were not isolated incidents what i thought might have been just a really bad first day at work turned out to be evocative of the entire year of our peoples so there was like a systematic squandering of resources there absolutely the squandering of resources had occurred a very small levels of thousand dollars a couple thousand dollars here and there and zoomed all the way up into hundreds of millions of dollars that were spent on hospitals that never opened or prisons that
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never took any prisoners in the united states lacked a plan constantly being forced into short term solutions we were constantly being asked to produce publicity stills and have something ready by next thursday for the photographers to show up c.n.n. is coming over the weekend better get something ready none of these things were part of the long term the slowed work of development that really is necessary if you're serious about rebuilding a country i want to read something to him please here is some news i write the government watchdogs of raise the alarm about billions of dollars of war zone waste and fraud are falling silent or are missing in action this. item is actually about the commission on wartime contracting and that charter that they were working under it has expired and has not being renewed i'm just going to tell our viewers that this commission on wartime contracting claimed waste and fraud may have siphoned
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off up to sixty billion dollars from contracts in iraq and afghanistan now this watchdog could be out of business are you surprised who might be interested in it i'm actually ashamed that the commission on wartime contracting is going out of business and there's actually more to it than even the story that you just shared with your viewers first of all the state department has attempted to exempt itself from the scrutiny of the committee that you refer to the state department has claimed that it was not part of wartime contracting that it was involved in diplomacy. and therefore not controlled by that organization and they didn't want them to peek into what the state department was doing even worse the committee as it's dissolved has sealed all of its records and no one will be allowed to see any of the results of its work except what's already been published until two thousand and thirty one so the things that the committee on wartime contracting uncover the incredible amounts of waste fraud and mismanagement that they documented in the
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limited public documents that they do produce all of that is being swept away i don't know how old i'm going to be in two thousand and thirty one i'm going to be a lot older than i am now but it's shameful shameful that we will not be able to see that information why aren't they allowed to publish that before they eat official version is that there may be classified information in some of their reports that needs to remain undercover for that long i think most intelligent people realize that the reporting from the committee is so horrific it needs to be put away to avoid embarrassing the government even further the u.s. government says we brought freedom and democracy to iraq doesn't matter on what grounds will end if they're true or false they've proved to be false but anyways with that rate of a terrible man in power and we are building a democratic society there that's the argument you wear out there in the field what is the reality on the ground as you saw it who still i don't think you can dismiss
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so casually because it's that sent america to war in iraq we entered the iraq war under the guise of looking for weapons of mass destruction when we didn't find any as if there ever worry we then changed it to the new medium which is all we got rid of saddam he was a terrible man who brought freedom to iraq. saddam was not a nice guy i'm not here to defend him no one could possibly defend his actions however. we killed over one hundred thousand iraqi sit. since some of them were killed or wrecked lead by the united states some of them were killed in the sectarian violence that we set loose in the aftermath of our invasion of iraq today remains in the bottom percentages of any statistic the un cares to count access to water access to medical care access to education iraq is not a place that represents the investment of sixty three billion dollars in
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reconstruction funds iraq has had a number of elections but it doesn't have a democracy press reports are constantly reporting secret prisons militias targeted killings government killing soldiers people in military uniforms committing assassinations bombs going off none of those things are indicative of democracy i think if that's what freedom represents most iraqis are not very comfortable with it and i think the united states failed in its efforts to bring freedom to iraq there's one thing that very few in washington admit and that is that is the heat. actually they're talking about whether or not it was immoral to invade iraq a but not quite about defeat and what were you writing in this book is like the raw material of failure do you really see it as such as a defeat absolutely i actually title the title of the book actually includes the catch phrase i helped lose this war and i accept my responsibility for not doing
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better than i should have just about a very most americans really don't understand why their government continue spending so much money in iraq they were told about to withdraw all spy next year and now they hear that washington is maneuvering to stay there and that deadline what's your feeling why it is washington want to stay in iraq who benefits from it i myself i'm not sure why the united states has spent and continues to spend so much money in iraq i think one of the old sayings when you're in a hole the first thing you do is stop digging does apply. the united states has said but i don't want benefits from it so one does not know the iraqi people they made it clear that they don't you know they but they but do they have a say when their government gets all that money from the u.s. and essentially does no i don't think any of the money is going to the iraqi people i think a lot of the money their government is going to government leaders i think a lot of the money just disappears no one knows where billions of dollars actually
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physically actually went however it is interesting to note that iraq is planning to buy a lot of weapons from the united states iraq is hoping to buy a number of f. sixteen s they already have bought and will continue to buy and one tanks from us all of these are very expensive toys and more importantly come with very long tails each of these tanks requires maintenance requires spare parts requires extra equipment and requires trainers and mechanics it's not like buying a car where you get the state department pushes those contracts oh i know for a fact that we do it's one of the duties of the state department is to help sell american products overseas and we work very closely in a number of countries around the world with the military in order to sell american weapons that's not a secret it's not unique to iraq in any way whatsoever foreign military sales represent a significant duty of the military in conjunction with the state department overseas what is difficult about iraq is that this is a country that doesn't seem in a position to afford these type of things iraq is
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a country where people don't have access to water don't have access to medical care don't have access to electricity and instead of spending on those things their government is buying weapons and in getting itself to the united states for years to come something seems wrong there now i understand why the state department wants you fired but thank you very much for the senate thank you very much i. i am nature the un discover its beauty. lead the communicate with the wild. and become free to me and see what nature can give you.
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dot com. scores of occupy broke. there is a respite across the u.s. in confrontations with police as authorities confiscate tens and ten people from camping overnight meanwhile bad weather hits the east coast testing activist
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resolve to keep the fight go. greek default narrowly averted but it's now another troubled euro nation crying out for help portugal wants to renegotiate terms of its bailout raising concerns the e.u. rescue fund is not enough to avert a new debt. feuding the russian billionaires and the model of the most bitchin boris berezovsky throw their cash at a high cost battle in the. accuser's abra mobile are robbing him of billions of dollars something the chelsea football club owner did not. sports up next with dmitri stay with us. hello there welcome to the sports it's good to have a company again. and in this book it's. already
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a champion who needs more victories red bull s├ębastien claims the inaugural formula one engine grand prix in style. sudden death playoff victory northern ireland's war among the winds pushing hamas is in china. and dreams to catch up with the man determined to secure russia big triathlon medal next summer. but let's. have ensured there will and the russian premier league regular season eighth position that finish crucial for the mega rich club as the top eight teams they see at will do battle for the crown the much sought saying offer a stop at home for only their first win in a dozen games here is recalled seeing things going at the end of the first half before another big name signing some well i thought double late ten minutes before the final whistle julian fellowes construction struck in injury time leaving the
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final score to want to the heights and you will be very much aware improvement is needed in next month's titles. new boys had already insured they'll be in that top a title hunt this season but just for good measure they went out and won their city double with us and our own saturday the league's top scorer at last in the trial read backing a brace away from one inch off the bond taking a move to cement some position. between spots and finish of the day a great outing for the home side spot smashing the railway man's twelve match unbeaten streak at the luzhniki stadium in medicare with particular reason to smile as the nigerian international help himself to trick the stressed couple came inside
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the first fifteen minutes of the game and it has and spot. happened several minutes after the break and cheering the red and whites would go eleven points with that element in fourth position. meanwhile deny moscow have gone third in the table following a turn away victory at f.c. form of bundesliga stars and kevin crony who contributed with a goal their balls their midfielder put the visitors in front after his precise for a kick on the twenty eighth minute while karami double delayed in a flushing counter-attack five minutes before the break a goal a second meeting tony attended in favor of the muskrat's. and in the last match of game week trying to beat esoteric in some are a c. one stipulates until the after thirty minutes. of sod levelled matters within another five well researched gets in the equaliser there but after
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the break release forward regained the late for his team and sealed the final result two one for the same our side before school. in the mean time an england top none have joined chelsea and newcastle in third place in the premier league that's after beating their cross-town rivals queens park rangers by fragos two one a brace from gareth bale became a major contribution to the win while about managed to score in his fifth consecutive game of the championship a consolation goal for the visitors again there from the ostreicher. triumph at white hart lane extending spurs unbeaten run to seven games with six wins among them. now red bull driver sebastian fattal has won the inaugural formula one grand prix prior to the race there was a minute's silence for tele moto g.p. rider marco sim and charlie who died in a crash last week during the malaysian grand prix then the race began where the
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german sitter left from stand gradually increasing his advantage over the chest and he never looked back at all finished eight point four seconds ahead of the pirates jenson button ferrari's fernando alonso came home a distant third lost almost twenty five seconds to the way there another red bull's mark webber was fourth while the toilet betroth finished outside the points being eleventh after the race the winner had mixed emotions. on the one hand i'm very very happy it's the first grand prix in india and i'm very proud to be the first winner and i think we can be as a team but on the other hand looking back at last weekend we lost two of our mates . yeah i didn't know them well then but obviously it was a big it was a big name in motorsport i got to know this year marco seaman shelley and obviously our thoughts are with them. but took a bit of a has one the end of season double to a championship event in
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a sun bowl following a three cent picture of his brother was in the final the twenty one year old check to open a seventy five thousand and twenty two stone back in the second to win it six four forcing a decider the third set completely belong to a should wrap it up at six three so the czech player remained unbeaten of the tournament and lifted the bullet so that victory is sending it to the rising to number two in the world rankings. russian athletes have never won an olympic medal in the triathlon sport introduced to the modern games in sydney back in two thousand and bronze medal is now the official target set for the men's team for london two thousand and twelve and one course or a match up with one man who is steadily proving he's got the pedigree to reach that goal. this is oversold but this season was very successful for me i reached the podium
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three times at the world series i want to stage of the european cup and the championship of russia i think that's a decent result unfortunately because of cramp i was unable to win a medal at the finals of the world series. alexander brief on cough as one of russia's two triathletes who are currently in the world's top ten there are hopefuls to win an olympic podium place in london one called the latest major success was in august when he won silver at the world series stage in london which earned him an olympic ticket for twenty as well. but i usually come up short in the running portion of the event i know i'm strong in it but i have to learn how to relax and spread out my strength evenly over all three disciplines when that happens my results will also improve despised finishing in a commendable second place in london behind the english champion alistair brownlee and in front of his brother jonathan brownlee alexander and the rest of the russian
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team know that it's the olympic performance which will matter most at the end of the day as they continue helping each other to become stronger athlete start with. my teammate dimitri pulley and ski who's also in the world's top ten constantly pushes me to train harder and i'm sure it's reciprocal on his side plus we both feel pressure from foreign athletes who are surely not on to why we're training. at the moment there are eight russian triathletes among the world's top fifty which is a far cry from only one person in that ranking just five years ago three is the maximum number of olympic licenses that immense team can get with three hundred calls and polonsky the obvious takers of the first two tickets however there are at least six more quite capable athletes competing for the remaining take it to the games. the russians hope for at least one piece of silverware just a little of course there is a medal plan after all sports authorities are investing
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a lot into our preparation process and they would like to know what about aiming for london while goal is at least a bronze olympic medal from man and i think it could be either polanski or blue phone call of which wonders do happen especially in triathlon and we could see bill through our athletes on the podium alexander behind call is in relaxation mode at the moment recuperating after it's off but successful season however his and the rest of his teammates lives are about to change as they enter the final preparation phase for london next year ramon koester r.t. moscow. and finally golf where rory mcilroy has won the inaugural shanghai masters that's after their soap and champ and beat american anthony came the next sudden death playoff but first lay westward with a shot of the day the world number to head it on the two hundred three are past three twelve how with a howl in hell but that bread and display didn't help westwood much as he
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eventually finished fifth. michael roy had started the day with the fridge shortly but gave it up and then came from a slow down on the back nine to finish level with came at a ten and seventeen forcing the play off with michael ross inches from the cup came near he had to make his part to force another perth held but missed and had to tap in for a bogey as a costly mistake and michael roy held is a way to win the tournament and the two million dollars in prize money. i haven't won enough in my four years as a pro i feel as if i could have won a lot more but. you know today was great for me you know i was under pressure on the back nine and you know i was as one behind before to go on you know to be to be able to win from the opposition you know gives me a lot of satisfaction. ok that's it from me and the sports stats for the moment more sports news from around the globe in taus time have not say whether is next
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