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>> the president briefs top congressional leaders on his plan to take on the islamic state. new developments of ray rice's assault on his then fiancee sparks a national conversation about domestic violence. i'm antonio mora, welcome to "consider this", those stories and more ahead. >> what we need is a strategy. >> the president is interested in communicating with the american public.
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>> i think we need to go after the terrorist threat wherever it is. >> new discussion over domestic violence. >> this is not just an n.f.l. problem, it's an american problem. >> one in every four women in the u.s. experience domestic violence. >> the question is what police receive whether it matches what they need. >> most americans were uncomfortable watching a suburban treat being transformed into a war zone. >> sometimes there's an issue of not illegal or legal but wright or wrong. people like myself took the ball by the horns and organised an evacuation. >> canadian investigators... >> they vanished in the arctic 160 years ago. >> we got a look at apple's new technology. >> iphone 6, and iphone 6 plus. they are a lot bigger. we begin with the latest on
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efforts to defeat and destroy islamic state group terrorists in syria and iraq. president obama briefed congressional leaders on a strategy to end the i.s. threat a day before a country will hear his plans in a white house address. he told the leaders whilst he wants to work with congress, he has the authority he needs to destroy i.s. without a vote on capitol hill. before the meeting john boehner said there needed to be a clear strategy. >> i think we need to go after the terrorists wherever they are, anyone that thinks it's iraq-syria is not paying attention to what is happening elsewhere in the world. >> chuck hagel and john kerry head to jordan, and saudi arabia to try to build a regional coalition to fight the islamic
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state, something that senator tim kain and others in congress called essential. >> we can't bear the burden alone of defeating a terrorist organization that poses a threat to many nations not just us. i'm joined by paul eaton, his 30 year army carry including training the iraqi military. he is currently a senior advisor to the national security network. good to have you on the show. president obama will offer a strategy on wednesday for a coalition effort to degrade and destroy the islamic state fighters in iraq and syria. as a military officer who serves in iraq. what do you expect to hear from the president. what would you like to hear from the president? >> thank you. >> what soldiers really expect is first to see a strong diplomatic effort, which is what we have seen and started as far as developing a coalition that
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can make a coalition on the ground. specifically we want to hear that we have commitments on the part of, say, turkey or jordan and saudi arabia, for ground forces to assist the iraqi forces with the peshmerga to help contain and collapse the i.s. perimeter. we want to hear how the president is going to attack i.s. economically, by removing their linkage to any banks, electronic funding, to put them basically back into a pure paper cash economy, so that they are not able to deploy their substantial financial resources. and, third, i expect the military component to be addressed, that he is going to talk about air space management over iraq and syria. and that we will deploy not only u.s. air forces and drones, but air forces belonging to other countries, and we'll have a true
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coalition effort to contain, to disrupt and to destroy i.s. >> talking about those diplomatic efforts and the coalition, let's listen to something secretary of state john kerry had to say on monday night about what it will take to defeat i.s. >> a global coordinated coalition will be built not just in a matter of days or weeks, but it will be built to endure, for the months and perhaps the years to come. >> do you agree with the secretary of state, that it will take years to defeat these terrorists? >> i look at the world, you know, good, fast and cheap. ordinarily when you ask for a product, you get two out of three. i think that this is going to take a long time, unless we address the problem with huge resources. i believe that this is going to be a methodical approach, it is a diplomatic and political problem, it's an economic
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problem, a military problem. if we try to rush this, it will be very expensive in human casualties, and expensive in national treasure. i am all for a containment and disruption approach, not unlike we did with saddam hussein, after the first golf war. that took about a decade before seeing a trigger to go in in 2003. talking about the huge resources, as you know, there's little appetite among the american people for anything more than air strikes, but there is a consensus that u.s. air strikes will not be enough. iraq's military crumbled under the assault from the i.s. forces. if the new baghdad government can get its act together, it has not announced a defence minister, interior minister. do you think iraqi and kurdish forces are capable and supported
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by coalition air strikes to destroy i.s.? >> well, i believe that we are going to need ground forces from other countries that may consider and should consider i.s. a vital national interest. i believe that it is in turkey's interest that their very, very good armed forces, trained and equipped to deal with i.s. so is jordan, so is saudi arabia. i believe a successful coalition with ground forces to aid and abet what the iraqis are able to put to the field, as well as the kurds, that that with u.s. combat enablers attacked air intelligence, special forces, logistics, that we will be able to shore up the iraqi army as it rebuilds to go into the fight. >> talking about u.s. combat
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enablers. now the u.s. has an aircraft carrier group. it has about 1,100 military advisors in iraq. a lot are there to protect diplomatic posts. they are not really there to help with any kind of - the fighting or the air strikes. are we going to need to have more of what you referred to as combat enablers in iraq to help the iraqis and the kurds? >> indeed, we will and should deploy those enablers to make life as good as possible for the ground fighting component that we expect to see deployed by countries around the i.s.i.s. problem. so we will - we will do it, it's the right thing to do. i believe that's what we are going to hear from the president tomorrow. >> you have no doubt that the
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president needs to commit to the country to a very serious effort because the threat that these terrorists pose, not just to the region, but to the united states' interests, elsewhere in the world and also at home. >> we will commit. it's in our interest. this i.s. problem is what i consider to be a conditional interest. but good allies of the united states - turkey and jordan - we need to make sure that those countries, that consider i.s. a vital national interest, that we support them in maintaining their territorial integrity. i believe that iran and syria are in the fray, and we need to address both of those countries as we prosecute i.s.i.s. >> can we not beat i.s. if we
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don't go into syria? >> we must consider syrian space as part of the targets we are going after, and what i would like from president bashar al-assad, is he will do no harm to that air space and sir space management and our ability to attack targets in syria. i expect no harm from syria, and i expect support for the pre-syrian army and other moderate anti-syrian government people. >> so much to be concerned about, and to think about in this terrible situation in iraq and syria. major general paul eaton, always a pleasure to have you with us. >> for more - a coalition of sunni arab states to defeat the i.s., i'm joined by an associate
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director and professor of the middle eastern studies, and a co-author of "the syrian dilemma." the u.s. put together a core coalition that include european allies, australia, canada, but only one sunni muslim state, turkey, that has a direct interest in the fighting. while the arab league has agreed to take measures against i.s., it has not backed u.s. military action. why a reluctance amongst countries with the most to lose. why the reluctance to join the u.s. and fight the terrorists? >> one is the legacy of the iraq war. the idea of u.s. reintroducing power into the middle east and colonial power raises anxieties. that's a concern. the other is capacity.
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a lot are fake states, they buy arms from the west, but can't use them for their own defense, so they don't have the capacity to be a constructive element in fighting i.s.i.s. militarily. >> you talked about if i.s.i.s. is not rolled back, it could destabilize the middle east. these are countries, most of which have a lot of money. we have seen the saudis, lebanon, all with issues on the border. you would think they'd want to get involved quickly. >> they do want to get involved. generally they are supportive of what president obama will announce tomorrow night. if you go back last year, there was major global debate on challenging - intervening militarily in the region, in the context of syria, and a lot of
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the u.s.'s close allies, saudi arabia and turkey were upset at the united states for not using military power to deal with a crisis that has taken over the middle east. don't misunderstand, i think, the reluctance of the arab countries that you mentioned, the leading ones to support an attack against i.s.i.s. there's other complicating developments in terms of sunni shi'a sectarianism and rivalries between iran and adversaries that complicate the picture. generally speaking, there's a lot of regional interest among the leading states to militarily strike out and defeat i.s.i.s., particularly in iraq. when it gets to syria, it's more complicated. >> you raised president obama and his foreign policy. how big of a problem is that in getting arab leaders to commit to a core coalition that goes
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after i.s.i.s. you talked about how - you just mentioned it, how people were upset about the inaction last year when it came to syria. >> well, i think there's a lot of support regionally to support president obama's policy. many here in the united states and the arab world want to know what the plan is. president obama is reluctant to announce a strategy, in terms of he didn't have a plan in terms of the full picture. that nighed to be revealed to the world before the states can weigh in on where they stand on the details. >> while their governments have not supported i.s., turkey, qatar and other, they have at times been working at cross-purposes in syria in attempts to topper bashar
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al-assad. that has helped the islamic state group become a more potent force. while the governments may not have helped i.s., there are reports of individuals in those counties having supported the group. can the u.s. get the countries to be more aggressive, making sure that money is not flowing to the wrong places? >> that has to be part of the strategy. the private money, the private charities in saudi arabia, and the gulf states that flowed to support i.s.i.s. contributed to this particular problem. i think part of obama's strategy has to press these countries harder, shut off the channels and impress the countries to tone down and change the sectarian rhetoric that contributed to the rise of i.s.i.s. and destabilized the region. there's a lot that obama has to do in terms of going forward on
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wednesday and going past wednesday, to put together a plan that can deal with the islamic state crisis. >> one thing that has not been talked about much is turkey's role in all of this. because i.s. fighters can cross from syria to turkey back and forth, sending boot leg shipments, and turkey is an n.a.t.o. ally. can be be an ally in the fight? >> they have to tighten the border. turkey is, as you said, a member of n.a.t.o. it has a sophisticated and powerful military. it makes it an ideal ally to attack i.s.i.s. from its n.a.t.o. bases that are not too far away from where the islamic state established its quarz yi state. turkey has an important role. it was upset that president obama did not have a robust policy with respect to syria. i suspect if turkey hears
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obama's new plan, and it is calling for a robust engagement in the context of syria, they may be willing to pursue policies that will, you know, fighten the border and deal effectively with the i.s.i.s. threat. >> so many pieces that are important to solve the problem. pleasure to have you with us, as always. >> now for more stories from around the world. we begin in syria where one of syria's influential rebel leaders was killed. abood was head of a group that has been fighting the syrian government and the islamic state group. one of 45 people killed when a bomb exploded in idlib province, they lost 27 other leaders. >> netherlands - malaysian
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flight 17 broke over ukraine due to high energy particles breaking into the vessel. it would be consistent with missiles designed to explode in the air and launch shrapnel. >> the crash on july 17th killed 298 people, two third of whom were from the netherlands. now to atlanta where a fourth american who contracted the ebola virus arrived at emory hospital. he was able to walk to the hospital isolation unit. the same unit where two others were treated and released. meanwhile, there's good news regarding the third american brought back to the u.s. with beach volleyball. he has been treated in ahmed omar -- omaha and is showing
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signs of improvement. >> and canada - stephen harper announced the discovery of one or two british explorer ships that disregard more than 160 years ago while searching for the north west passage. they were abandoned by crews in 1848, when they were locked in ice near king william island in the canadian arctic. using remote underwater vehicles, the well-preserved wreck, a sought-after prize, was discovered over the weekend, 35 feet below the surface. that's some of what is happening. >> capitol hill takes up the militarization of police. >> new developments in the domestic abuse case involving pro football star ray rice and his wife. what the n.f.l. is saying, and staggering statistics involving
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american women and this violence. the case parked a conversation online. harmeli aregawi has been tracking this. what are people saying. >> the conversation is being led online and reframing dialogue about their experiences. while you are watching, let us know what you think. join the conversation on twitter and op facebook and google+ ages. -- google+ pages. in the islamic state >> ...a sniper around the corner here... >> from the front lines, josh rushing reports, on al jazeera america
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catch up on what everyone's talking about with the x1 entertainment operating system. preloaded with the latest episodes of the top 100 shows. only from xfinity. ray rice and the n.f.l. remain under fire after the release of a new video showing the incident of the star running back hitting fiance, now wife, so hard he knocked her out. he has been suspended indefinitely. commissioner roger goodell extended the suspension saying he had not seen the extended footage until now. >> we had not seen videotape of what occurred in the elevate
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scror. we assumed there was a video, we asked but were never granted that opportunity. >> president obama released a scathing statement saying that what happened is bigger than football, adding that: vice president joe biden marked the 20th anniversary of the violence against women's act saying more needs to be done. >> somehow we get to a point where we think we pass a law and now we are finished. things are finished. they are not close to being finished. >> nearly a third of women in the u.s. experienced domestic violence. rice's wife is defending her his bend. it has sparked conversation. we have two gets, first from the nasal network to end domestic
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violence is rheann. you saw what the n.f.l. commissioner roger goodell said - that the n.f.l. did not see or know about the video. as we discussed, the fact that seeing the video made a difference is hypocritical. it is clear that rice had knocked his fiancee out. what is your reaction to what goodell said? >> i'm surprised that seeing the video changed so many things for not only the n.f.l., but other people. prior to two days ago it was clear to me that he had assaulted this woman in the elevators. we could tell that from the way he dragged her out. nothing has changed. evidently seeing the real details of it has made that more real for people. but to me it was clear that she had been assaulted before we saw
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the video yesterday. the one thing i would say is that, you know, maybe what this has done is made it clear it people that domestic violence is not sort of an accident. it really is an intentional act. he clearly intentionally assaulted her and brutally, so i hope that will dispel that myth that it was a fluke or an accident. >> a brand new u.n. report on tuesday found domestic violence around the world, against women and children kills more people than worse. it cost of the world economy more than $8 trillion a year. in the u.s. an estimated 20 people a minute are abused by their partners. 10 million a year in the u.s. alone. on the other hand, since the laws were passed 20 years ago, domestic violence dropped 64% or more. clearly not enough. what more needs to be done, you
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know, to get rid of the scourge? >> i think we have come a long way. prior to, you know, the late '70s, there were few services for anyone and, in fact, very few domestic violence laws. so we've come a long way in a short period of time, really. but still, you know, we are hearing a lot of blaming of the victim, we are still seeing where, you know, there's little consequence for this behaviour. you know, the fact that he was originally charged with a felony assault, and allowed to plaid for, you know, a year of counselling is outrageous. >> how big of a problem is the legal system? in some states people get sentenced to longer gaol - prison terms for abusing a dog than hitting their wives. >> and that is still true. and that's because, still, in our community, in our culture,
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including our legal system, there's still a believe na domestic violence is not that pervasive or bad. if we want this to change. we have to send a clear message that this behaviour is not acceptable. and that is when we'll start to see that turn around. >> there has been that reaction, because the response to the rice incident has been enormous. author beverley goodin, a survivor started tweeting why i stayed about why she stayed in an abusive relationship for a long time. and that, again, an avalanche of criticism, that harmeli aregawi has been watching. >> other women followed with stories of why they stayed in an abusive relationship. one woman tweeted: another said:
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soon after hashtag why i left was trending: what impact do the conversations have on women currently in an abusive relationship? >> well i think those women letting the world know some of those really important and underable reasons that women stay, or don't leave right away, i think it makes it more understandable. it helps people understand it better. and what i hope that that says to women in battering relationships right now is there's a community that supports them, who understands this issue.
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when they feel like it's safe to leave the relationship, that they'll have support in doing that. >> social media can be important to help people out and can be dangerous. abusive partners use technology to find their partners who have left or to monitor or control them. >> yes, absolutely. >> and the most dangerous time - this is one thing that surprised me. i was reading through reach. the most dangerous time for victims is when they leave an abusive relationship. >> absolutely. that is one of the things that people don't understand, is really it's important for someone who is in a battering relationship to trust their instincts about when it will be safe to leave for them, and i think many of them know that leaving is the most dangerous time. it's the time when most of the physical injuries occur, and often, sadly, homicides.
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>> terrible. 75% of murders do occur when - in that leaving process. >> yes. >> appreciate you joining us to shed light on this terrible issue, thank you. >> thank you for shedding light on this. >> turning to the militarization of local police departments across the united states. the senate healed a hearing on tuesday, called by missouri senator mack cas kill in light of the violence in ferguson. >> i think most americans were uncomfortable watching a suburban street in st louis being transferred with vivid images, powerful images across this country, into a war zone, complete with cam flij, tear gas, rubber bullets, armoured vehicles and laser sites on assault weapons.
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>> officials are considering more monitoring to hold police departments accountable, and that includes things from grenade launchers. defense department official said only about 4% of equipment police departments have received have the military attributes. senator tom coburn questioned why $41 billion had been spent on the militarization. >> how do they decide if an m rap is appropriate for my home town. >> an m-rap is a truck. >> no, it's not, it's a 48,000 pound offensive weapon. >> joining us from washington d.c. is hilary shelton, senior vice president of advocacy and policy at nwacp, testifying on tuesday on the oversight of
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federal programs for equipping state and local law enforcement. great to see you. it was a bipartisan effort today. >> it was. it was good to see senators on both sides of the aisle seeing there was a problem. whether you are from a rural or urban state. we have a problem with how policing is down in america these days. >> with that problem, it has been growing since the early "the 0s, since the -- '90s, since the drug war escalated and a programme was begun to give equipment to the police departments. there's little accounting of what has been given out, and how it should be used. short of regulation, is there a chance that police will go back without this equipment. >> they need guidance. there's equipment shared through the programme providing technical assistance, technology, and things that are helpful to modern policing.
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there are some components that are war driven, created for a battlefield and not involved when we talk about a civilian police department actually serving and protecting the american people. >> do you see the problem as being the equipment itself, or the way police departments used it? >> it's a little bit of both. it's an amazing thing. if you give someone the same tools, if you dress someone up like a soldier, if you give them the equipment and put them in the equivalent of tanks, they'll respond like a soldier. they'll look at those that they are confronting as they talk about demonstrations and rallies and things along those lines. all of a sudden that is the enemy. you have missed the point when it's done along the lines. one of the biggest problems is that they are giving them all of this military equipment, but they are not working out the
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plan to integrate it into a civilian police department. that is, they are supposed to serve and protect those communities, it is these communities that pay these police officers salaries. so something awful happens, a paradigm approach to a situation in a manner in which you have those, as the saying goes, if you give someone a hammer, that's the only tool you give them, they'll treat everything like it's a nail. if you give the same guys that went to police academy, through the civilian training, if you give them military equipment, they act like soldiers, and soldiers go to battle with other soldiers, it has to be addressed. >> one of the experts that spoke has been looking at this for almost three decades, and says that there is a cultural problem in police department that we saw play out. let's listen to what he had to say. >> what you saw is a high level of fear of victimisation of police. it's a huge cultural issue in
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policing where so many for-profit training groups and training dismiss are teaching a survivalist warrior mentality, and you never know who the next person is that will kill you. you have to take every precaution you can. all of that souped wonderful -- sounds wonderful, but leads to an intense fear of the other, those people, the community you are serving. >> but then, of course, the question is how do you balance the security of communities, and the security of police departments in many cases who do face great danger often? >> well, it really takes the involvement of the community. for a police officer to be effective, to carry out their responsibilities, their duties as police officers, to prevent crime and to solve crime, it takes the trust and a perceptive by those you serve.
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you can't prevent crime in the people in the community don't trust you or won't tell you anything. you can't solve a crime if you don't have the trust of the community. if they don't tell you what is going on, you can't solve the problem. if you don't have that trust, you lose your effectiveness. that's what we are experience of course, and something worse. >> what was experienced in ferguson, where the police department was not representative of a community, an african union police department -- an african-american police departments. what is the message on that front? >> ferguson is 64.7" african-american, but there's one city council member that is ferp african-american, one in
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governance. they have a 53-police force, four are african-american. if people don't see themselves in those who keep the piece, they will not connect and you'll have problems. the fix has to be fix in the entire system. it's a democratic system with a small d. what that means is we know in the last general election, 3% of the african-americans of voting age came out and voted. we have to make sure we restore the power to the people, are the entire democratic process in ferguson, as we have seen, will continue to fail and have these horrific outkm. >> hilary shelton, pleasure to have you with us. the vietnam war ended four decades ago. seems we haven't learnt lessons. a film-maker joins us with her
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documentary on the last days of vietnam. the top college list are out. rankings and cost has changed. apple's big announcement. will they keep the rest of the tech world from catching up?
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the vietnam war ended four decades ago, america arguably has not learned some important message. the documentary "last days in vietnam", tracks attempts to save americans and south vietnamese that helped the effort as saigon fell. the story was relevant, and shows what happens in relation to when we pulled out the iraq and afghanistan. here is a look at "last days in vietnam" >> movie reel: one man is putting his family on the plane. he had one to stay in vietnam to
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defend the country. he had eight kids and a wife. he was in tears. the family was in tears and i said to him get on the plane, just go, go. >> it was a terrible moral dilemma. >> rory is the producer of "last days of vietnam", congratulations on this powerful film. let's hit the stage. paris peace accords in 19 73 setting a stage for peace in vietnam. watergate happened, and the north vietnamese take advantage of our issues to invade the
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south and take the territory over at a rapid pace, creating the chaos in saigon. the situation was desperate. >> and you couched it well. the troops left. the u.s. troops were there. it was so chaotic, it was so out of control, unexpected from washington's perspective, that they said we just get the americans out and leave the vietnamese behind. that was the order coming from washington, and what our film documents what happens and how we got to that point and americans and vietnamese that are against the policy, to save vietnamese and get them out of the country, which is going against the u.s. orders, doing something that was illegal, costing their jobs at the least, and their lives. >> why haven't the stories of
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heroism been tomb. i heard the stories of the oscar schindler of vietnam, someone that risking everything to save others. here you bring out american officials that pretty much ignored american policy which was to bring out american citizens, in order to save the people that helped us. >> it was a combination of the chaos that you described op ground that was -- on the ground that was documented, coming to the living room through the news, n.b.c., c.b.s. it was hard to get to the bottom of it faufs cailentry and -- because it was cailentry and kay ot -- victory and ky otic. people were done with vietnam when we left. >> you think that's why there was a disconnect between
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washington and saigon? >> i do. >> we had thousands there. you would have thought there would be enough communication to express the need that existed. >> there was so many miscommunications. i interviewed kissinger for the film and he talk about how the airport is bombed and they say "we'll send helicopter, send them to the embassy", they are supposed to get there at 10am. he was operating on greenwich mean time and they were operating on the time in sayingon, the helicopters don't arrive and once the orders came down "we are evacuating", the streets were full of vietnamese, no one could move. they focus the on the embassy, that was the only way out. >> and the images we have seen of helicopters pulling people off the roofs of buildings. that was the end. there were other attempts to get people out.
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the desperation was growing and growing. >> that's right. we see in the image such desperation in those moments, people hanging off of boats, jumping off boats. everywhere you looked at this moment, anything you could to get out of the country. it was extraordinary. >> let talk about lessons learnt or not. >> it's the latter. >> it's the latter, yes. we saw it in iran a few years later. in the movie they brought up that they burnt a million dollars. three years later, four years later in iran, we see history repeating itself. as you looked at all this. what do you think about why we haven't learnt lessons? >> well, you see the images of people coming out of iraq it's
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an echo of what happened in sayingon. part of the interest i had in making the film, is that it is an echo of what is happening today. there's much to be learnt from those events, and i think it's imperative that we, as we consider entering more conflicts with i.s.i.s. and syria and going back to iraq, that we understand what is the exit strategy, what are the goals, and the impact of people on the ground. how do we leave the country respectfully and gracefully. >> what is the exit strategy for the people in the countries that help us, a topic we address multiple times, about how many are targeted for killing in iraq and afghanistan, because they help the united states. >> i appreciate attention to that. it's a story that needs to be told, and you hear acts of desperation in iraq.
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people that are translators, working closely with the government. they trusted us, and their lives are in greater jeopardy because they are associated with the americans, i think the film raises the question of what is our responsibility to the people on the ground, and i think our film focuses on the human cost of war, that needs to be in the discussion, and in the equation - what is going to happen to the people who were living in the communities, in the places and what is our responsibility to them. >> that's an important question that needs answers. it's incredible to think that was 39 years ago, at times it seems like yesterday. thank you for coming in. >> thank you for having me. >> " days in vietnam", is in theatres in new york and open in select theatres across the country. >> coming up, apple launches new products. has the rest of the tech world caught up?
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first, the annual list of the best colleges is out. how unaffordable have they become? our data dive is next. only on all jazeera america
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today's data dive gets schooled. u.s. news and world reports that 30th annual list of our best colleges is out, and looks like last years of the prince tonne holds the top spot among national universityies, harvard second. it came out on top when you factor in affordability. as for the rest, yale placed
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third, columbia tied for fourth. mit was seventh, followed by duke and university of peninsula. caltech replaced dart mouth, falling out of the top 10. >> the best liberal arts colleges - williams came out on top for the 12th straight year. going to any of the best universities and liberal arts schools will cost a small fortune, around $60,000 for tuition, room and board - just for one board. cal berkeley kept its number one spot, u.c.l.a. , university of virginia, michigan and north carolina, chapel hill rounded out the top five. 16 measures of academic excellence was looked at. graduation rates, financial resources. hard to believe graduating from
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most schools will post a quarter of a million. coming up, apple reveals a new smartphone and smart watch. is apples the innovative force it has always been?
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apple un veiled a new product line on tuesday with the next generation of bigger, better iphones headlining the show. for an encore apple jumped into the wearable device trend with the apple watch, hoping to jumpstart a market yet to take off. after years of leading the industry they have lost market share to other manufacturers since the death of steve jobs, the founder, three years ago.
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the question today is whether tim cook, jobs' replacement has done enough to put apple on the cutting edge of technology. jacob ward joins us, science and technology correspondent for al jazeera america. there were smartphones, tablets, music pads and players. apple didn't invent things, it made better versions of existing products. they made them popular. with them, do you think apple is poised to become a leader again, or are they catching up to the competition. >> that's the pivotal question. in some ways i feel sorry for apple. why should i with their billions and billions. i feel sorry for them, every year they expect them to come out with something magical. they have come out with something new.
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it's been four years since the ipad and everywhere was painting for a new category - people have been talking about the tv, something with a car, and an apple car. finally we got a watch. in the end it is an interesting device. suddenly apple believes it's a little too much trouble for you to take your phone out of the pocket and something as simple as raising your arm into the world, that seems to be the conflict. it's interesting to see them debut all of this. >> they are giving them iphone six. giving them a five and a 6 plus, with a screen competing with the samsung phone. do they bring anything to the table that we have not seen before? >> i think there'll be a number of subtle things that you see in the product that will be significant. for instance, built into all of the iphone six products, and into the watch are a number of biometric censors, that have not
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been part of past devices from apple. you'll be able to tell the company whether or not you are an asleep or awake. they'll know how many footsteps you took in a day, how rested you are. all of that is going to be tracking you in a subtle new way that we haven't really seen before. it's worth noting apple has built in a barometer such that it will know what altitude it is. if you think it is a spy device, it's the best ever. it's frightening. it's a thing of it's convenience and opening up your life to apple in a way that people don't fully understand yet. >> do you think it's enough for apple to rebound. one of the hurdles tim cook has faced is that apple has seen declining market share to android devices. >> there's two ways to look at
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it, there's a reputation in the world, and what ends up on the books, on the balance sheet. in terms of the balance sheet, you really couldn't be - have made a better move than this, because of what apple debuted called apple pay. a payment system that is supposed to replace credit card transactions by tapping the phone. that will give apple information about the cup of coffee you by, gas you purchase - idle sundries. they'll be something where a little money comes at apple. they are moving in a whole new stream of revenue. the watch is the first time they see anything wearable. there has been a hair amount of heat around. google glass failed the s text. no one will make out with you with most of the wearables on you. it would be a prestigious and
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sexy thing to wear. >> a final question. i'm one who had the credit card information stolen. a real pain. it sounds great to use the iphone to do that. with the hacking at home depot and celebrities having their pictures stolen, do you think they'll be ready to jump on board. >> it's interesting you bring that up. in the days leading up to the release, there were leaked drms, and in the past you never were able to trust them. turns out they are. it's not as if apple can hang on to their own secrets. the company says mfs, exchanges of money will be based on a one-use token system. once if passes from the phone to the receiver and back, it will never be used again. it never goes to the phone itself. on the other hand, nfc, that
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technology, has been around for a long time. on phones like this since 2012. no one has taken it on the way apple can now, and this is the moment when retailers are across the country, because they lost your credit card, and are upgrading systems to be capable. we'll have retailers ready for the phone. you can bet the moment tim cook said it would be a thing, hackers were sharpening their knives, going online. that is the new hot thing. >> let's hope they don't figure it out. great to have you with us. thanks you for bringing to us all the information. >> that's all for now. coming up wednesday, we'll have coverage of president obama's major address on the plans to attack and destroy the islamic state terrorists. and democrats upset at president obama delaying action on immigration until after the midterm elections. a congressman joins us with
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