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if you come up with a summary of those stories once again for me in about fifteen minutes from now in the meantime as u.s. troops prepare to draw from iraq and december they leave behind a campaign that's cost the american taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars and next we talk to a middle east expert he says the u.s. is wasting time and money trying to build democracy in the region. 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 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 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
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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 team that in the sponsored by the united states why do you think those projects failed around two thousand and seven a 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
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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 and the war effort the more i was a god 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
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a systematic squandering of resources there absolutely the of 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 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 slow 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 on wartime contracting and that charter that they
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were working under it has expired and has not being renewed and i'm just going to tell our viewers that this commission on wartime contracting claimed waste no five may have siphoned off up to sixty billion dollars from contracts in iraq and afghanistan now this watch that 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
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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 uncovered 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 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 we
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got rid of a terrible man in power and where 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 first of all i don't think you can dismiss so casually the causes that set america at 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 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 un cares to count access to water
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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
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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 the catchphrase i helped lose this war and i accept my responsibility for not doing better than i should have just about a very most americans really don't understand why their government continues 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 be yond 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.
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and it's actually 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 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 military in order to sell american weapons that's not a secret to iraq in any way whatsoever foreign military sales were present
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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 what the state department wants you fired but thank you very much for the cent of you thank you very much i. nature and discover its beauty.
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pursue this in this rap music in which it goes to the movies closely trying to make sense of global economy and it's all changed things as financial templates each of the research clambering to maintain our confidence in long kids and taking on the primitive wants to be seen trade imbalances recession look to keep the nation's close to collapsing in some time alone foreclosed homes people. to fail circulate banks again feel little such thing as us crash seven and smash the ceiling changelings it's like christmas in the clubs isn't it constricts the i.m.f. constructionism just programs increase the total economy. wealthy british style. has moved on to the such claims. now to. find out what's really happening to the global economy.
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is the key to. the. top stories this. is achieved its first full membership to a u.n. agency. faces the loss of nearly
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a quarter of its funding. foreign backed syria's president claims the protest campaign against his regime is being funded from abroad to the west not to get involved and the head of nato has ruled out imposing a no fly zone over syria which some demonstrations in the country have been calling for. a clash of the russian tycoons to the. dispute. back. home with seven million people now calling the home. many believe mauls provides the best option. with war and those stories in more detail in less than fifteen minutes from now sport is next with dmitri.
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hello there welcome to the sports. thanks for joining us today so first let's take a quick look at what's making the sporting headlines around the globe. the top teams of the russian premier league have been determined what's next for those who did well during the longest of the season and those who didn't. you track same story follow one champion sebastian vettel storms to victory at the inaugural in doing grand prix leading from start to finish in new delhi. and final countdown would catch up with russian top tennis star who shares her views for next weekend's davis cup decider with the first time as the czech republic. so we start with football where did our most first win in three games has seen them rise to third place in the russian premier league the blue and white sing off. in the first of
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sunday's two clashes that is essentially wrapping up victory in the opening off in siberia form of them the slip of stars making the difference is very miss image getting things going with twenty eight minutes before kevin khurana showed his prowess coolly finding this pace and the back of the net six minutes from the break to nil and that's out today and deny most final regular season pressure to spartak moscow next weekend will now decide who finishes third. in the last night show of game week twenty. four. taking the lead through until but there would not be with thirteen minutes on the clock direct running of memory so there would result in the game being tied one after thirty six minutes but the second half will belong to clearly a part of the man regaining the late for sixty minutes to off. to one the final score to prove. with only one game week to play russia's longest football season
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in history is now on the verge of entering its second phase competition where the top eight will continue their pursuit of silverware while the bottom half prepared to fight for their places in next year's premier league form or outfit so scarred to now my spotlight and the combative together with. andrew keen will be added. and to compound luckily got the first eight this group will determine not only the winners of the year but all the european class disciplines for russia to the champions league and free europa league sports. teams will compete for a home away basis points during the first part of the season. the same system will be applied to the relegation group competition the only difference is that the likes of stop terry and other reports from sports will struggle for the right to stay in russia's top football division and the least two
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teams will go down to magically the sides above them will have to fight it out with the third and fourth placed teams of division two. over to the english game where tottenham have joined chelsea and newcastle in third place in the premier league that's after s'posed to london rivals queens park rangers on sunday a brace from go and that precise strike from van der vaart sealed the game for tottenham. did reply for rangers but it was their home side who dominated at white hart lane. able to boast a record of six wins from seven games. the action continues later monday with newcastle aiming to take control of that position from the next prize away to make table stoke newcastle and leaders manchester city are the only unbeaten side. so far this season. it's business as usual on the form one track the man already
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crowned champion this season sebastian vettel winning the inaugural indian 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 in malaysia to the action itself now where he started from gradually increase his advantage over the traces back there alone and to never look back with john eventually finishing eight point four seconds ahead of mcclaren jenson button ferrari's fernando alonso was a distant third almost twenty five seconds behind the winner fattal's red bull. team mate mark webber was fourth after the race the double world champ and took the time to remember symmetry and indy car star tragically died a week before the time i. 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
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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 marcos immaturely and obviously our thoughts are with them. tennis now where patrick ritter has worn the end of season double championships in a symbol following a three said victory over victoria twenty one year old check that of edging a tight open a seven five but twenty two year old the russian opponent stormed back in the second to take a sixty four and forty decider the third set there was to belong to wimbledon champ and put a world record up the tournament on a six three spline i also ensuring that this isn't bring back or a high number two and. i. vetiver will now lead the czech republic team in their third cup final against
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russia next weekend very scenario of finding out first hand in istanbul what could it or the can do on the court as she lost to the wimbledon champion in straight sets in the group stages r.t. caught up with a russian head of moscow's mess of showdown. when it comes to the. emotions they're special and you could never experience that when you play individual competition and definitely that then in motion will bring a lot of determination a lot of desire hopefully we can create great competition czech republic is very strong and very consistent they have a lot of good players they are not only good in singles but they are 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 and we've got a lot of great players and we can easily form two five. teams and it is great because we got a lot of choices at the same time you know sometimes it's tough because some
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players 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. i think the level of our team is very strong going to always support each other and we always want to do well and. you haven't been able to reach the heights of two thousand and just. you know i think people look at my season and i think they have a. wrong perception of it because. grand slam finals last year this year was a very consistent year for me in. that i lost in the grand slams they you know really well throughout the season i really have bad matches throughout the whole
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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 a bit farther 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. four minutes and fifty one seconds to time john thomas dold spent racing up the stairs of the tallest tower in the city of hall chiming in vietnam the pit exco sixty eighth floor financial tower was the venue for the inaugural for the twenty seven year old took the lead straight away and showed his experience and skill as he quickly put a wide gap between himself and his nearest rival. the when it climbed thirty six seconds faster than the runner up. one thing there are is really if you
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can read in the lobby one of your. own mind which is you know because you know if you're in the distance or you are really. uncertain if you can. move you very easy because. it's not like you're on. i think you're both if you're. there for more than a very very small. in the women's event there was violence in a below silver to the hotel at the top bonus she was the first to cross the line in six minutes and nineteen seconds melissa moon of new zealand finished fifteen seconds behind both billeted and gold received the winning check of fifty dollars for their victory. ok you're up to date no more sports news from around the globe
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palestine which is achieved his first full membership to a un agency. for unesco now faces the loss of nearly a quarter of its funding off the u.s. felt a cult if the palestinians were permitted to join us for more than a moment. of firing back syria's president claims the campaign against his regime is being funded from abroad and more is the west not to mess with his country. clash of the russian tycoons to the world's wealthiest men roman abramovich and boris berezovsky take their billion dollars to speak to him on the court and spend no money on the little seat. and with seven million people now according to. scientists wind trying to come close their eyes to new worlds where humans could settle top stories this hour.


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