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stay with us. i. were sitting down with peter van buren the state department foreign service officer who a few years ago had it anyway radke reconstruction team then it 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 thing 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 pies that 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
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 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
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 bride 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 people so there was like a systematic squandering of resources there absolutely the squandering of resources occurred at very small levels a 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 never took any prisoners in the united states lacked
a plan were 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 really serious some use irate the government watchdogs have raised the alarm about billions of dollars of warzone waste and fraud are falling silent or are missing in action this new. item is actually about the commission in wartime contracting and that charter that they were working under it has expired and has not being renewed as i'm just going to tell our viewers that this commission on wartime contracting claimed waste and fraud may have siphoned off up to sixty billion dollars from contracts in iraq and
. gannets that now this watch stock 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 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 very 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 we got rid of a terrible man in power and we are building a democratic society there that's the argument you were out there in the field what is the reality on the ground as you saw it first of all i don't think you can
dismiss so casually the. causes 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 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 citizens some of them were killed or rectally 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 u.n. 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 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 a raw material of failure or 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 better than i should have and have
a very most americans really going to stand by their government continue spending so much money in iraq they were told about the list false by 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 that if someone 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 there's 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 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 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. a very warm welcome to you this is your news today protesters on the wall street. they have to. leave the sentence a good chance to try to get good for example the status of the human experiment is
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a superstar macho the how tiger woods he's gone he's got the talent he's got the confidence i think he's going to be the next big thing we're going to look at his latest success in just a sec. great to have you with us this is sport today and this monday morning here in central moscow plenty ahead including. moving on up to now moss who leapfrog a city rival sports unlockable t. even to third spot in the russian premier li. new truck same story champion sebastian vettel storms to victory albion or real indian grand prix in formula one leading from start to finish in new delhi. and final comment on we can't shop with russia's top ten tennis star. shares her views on next weekend's
davis cup decider with first timers the czech republic. we start with football were first win in three games has seen them rise to third place in the russian premier league the blue and white seeing off bottom dwellers in the first of sunday's two games that visitors essentially wrapping up victory with in the opening half in siberia performer but in this league it stars making the difference is me some of each getting things going with a sublime free kick twenty eight minutes in it was then kevin corelli's turn to show his coolly finishing after finding the space with no end of talent six minutes from the break to nil that's how it would end final regular season clash with spartak moscow next weekend will now decide who finishes third. while in the last match of game week twenty nine cry for a goal too good for f.c.
terrace in some mara the host taking the lead through anton bulger with half an hour gone on the clock the direct running of marat c.-o. though would result in the game being tied to one the wall now after thirty six minutes. second half would belong to. the week giving the lead for his team eight minutes after half time two on the final score to korea. that brings us to being a game where top them have joined chelsea and newcastle in third place in the premier league after spurs took care of london rivals queens park rangers on sunday a brace from bale sandwich by a rough field strike one this one j boothroyd did reply for rangers but it was the home side with so many of the proceedings at white hart lane charge is now able to boast a record of six wins from seven games. the action continues later on monday with newcastle aiming to take control of the third position from spurs the magpies await
. new castle on leaders manchester city are the only unbeaten sites so far this season. the spanish league table has a more familiar ring to it this monday with real madrid barcelona the leading lights however that is only after the leaders heading into the weekend suffered their first loss of the campaign little live on tape brought down to earth and off as soon as the sides free flowing at which serve them soon well this month kept quiet and pumped. getting a sassoon off the mark half a dozen minutes from the break that's was followed up moments later by a spot of head tennis one francisco nino eventually getting things grounded that would make good to know that was the final reckoning vontae the surrendering the chance to move top of the league once again. it's business as usual on the formula one truck the mom already crying champion this season sebastian vettel winning the
formula one grand prix in new delhi prior to the race there was a minute's silence for italian moto g.p. rider marco simoncelli who died in a crash last week at the malaysian grand prix. to the action where vettel who started from paul bragiel only increased his advantage over the chasing path early on and he never looked back the german eventually finishing eight point four seconds ahead of the current jenson button for henri's fernando alonso was a distant third almost twenty five seconds behind the winner that bill's red bull teammate mark webber was forced after the race the double world champion took the time to remember some and cheli undone in the indy car star who died a week before the attack. on the one hand i'm very very happy is 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 simoncelli and obviously our thoughts are with them now the drinks are in remark arroyo this week the northern irish golfer claiming the biggest first prize pay packet in the sport after victory at the first ever shanghai masters event but let's start by taking a look at the undoubted shot of the day on the chinese greens world number two leader westwood holing in war not the part three twelve brilliant are for helping west would finish fifth overall u.s. open champion mark arroyo began the day with a three shot lead but had to fight back from a stroke join on the block nine to finish level with american anthony kim at eighteen under the playoff with michael roy inches from the cup kim knew he had to make a vote one to tie proceedings in to the next playoff hole it was not to be a costly mistake to say the least julie sinking his shot to pocket
a cool two million dollars not a bad weekend at all for the twenty two year old i haven't won enough in my four years as a pro i feel as if i could have won a lot more. you know today it was great for me you know i was under pressure on the back nine and you know i was i was going behind before to go on you know to be to be able to win from the opposition a lot of satisfaction and it's not a problem for the young man well let's talk tennis where patrick has won the end of season w t a championships in pole following a three set for victoria azarenka twenty one year old czech tied to opener seventy five but her twenty two year old belorussian stormed back in the second to take it six four force this side or the third set though was to belong to wimbledon champion wrapping up the tournament on a six scoreline victory also ensuring to end the season ranked
a career high number two in the. can leave the czech republic team in their fate cup final against russia next weekend if you're finding out first hand in istanbul what can we can do on the court on r t caught up with the russian star ahead of the. school when it comes to the fed cup final. emotions their special and you could never experience that when you play individual competition and definitely that then emotion will bring a lot of determination a lot of desire hopefully we can create great competition czech republic is very strong. very consistent they have a lot of good players they are not only good in singles but they also good in doubles so it's going to be yeah it's going to be a tough challenge but we're excited about it we've got a lot of great players and we can easily form two. teams and it is
great because we got a lot of choices at the same time you know sometimes it's tough because some players get get injured and sometimes we try to find the perfect combination. between singles and doubles and trying to create. the best team sometimes it's not easy because we have so many choices and we want to bring people and we want everyone to play for the team but there are only spots for four players but. i think the level of our team is very strong and i'm always support each other and we always. have been able to reach the heights of two found just being able to work and just. you know i think people look at my season and i think they have a. wrong perception of it because. i've reached two grand slam finals last year but this year it was a very consistent year for me in. that i lost in the grand slams they you know
really well throughout the season i didn't really have bad matches throughout the whole season i didn't lose the first or second round i've been playing deep into the tournament so i had a very consistent year no matter what and i think i'm pretty satisfied about it of course i wanted to go beat father and of course i wanted to reach the grand slam final but it's something i'm working on my game every single day i'm trying to improve. you know hopefully. all the sports. everybody i will see you with in just under two hours time.
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