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which i love, back when corruption was quaint, was summed up nicely in this iconic cartoon. the caption on the bottom, who stole the people's money? there is this big circle of people pointing to the guy next to him. nobody willing to take responsibility. 100 years later the blame this other guy strategy is known after the shaggy defense. it is named after a classic song it wasn't me, a man caught having an affair and his subsequent advice about how to get out of it. >>. ♪ it wasn't me the words i told her ♪ ♪ it wasn't me >> yes. witt wasn't me. a timeless chronicle of moral culpability and perils of excuse making. this miserable decade of failure after failure, every time there is supposed to be a reckoning,
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the shaggy defense is what we get from people in charge. it wasn't me. nobody is ever to blame for anything anymore. every time institutional failure happens, it wasn't me. on the iraq war, for example, george bush made an art form out of pulling out the shaggy defense. >> the intelligence failure on iraq, a lot of people put their reputations on the line. the strategy to remove saddam hussein, wasn't just people in my administration. it wasn't just our cia. it was the intelligence services all over the world that believed the same thing. >> wasn't me. it was the intelligence agencies. and not just ours, everyone else's. brilliant, brilliant use of the shaggy defense. top notch. after hurricane katrina those who headed up the response effort went right for the shaggy
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defense. >> mr. chairman, it is my belief that fema did a good job in the gulf states. i very strongly personally regret that i was unable to persuade governor blanco and mayor nagin to sit down, get over their differences and work together. >> what was mobilized? i mean, were national guard troops in position? were helicopters standing by? were buses ready to take people away? >> no. none of that. >> none of that. >> none of that. >> why is that? >> i don't know. that is a question for somebody else. >> that is a question for somebody else. don't look at me. more recently in the wake of this big financial crisis wall street executives at firms like goldman sachs have perfected the shaggy defense. >> we did not cause the financial crisis. i do not think that we did anything wrong. >> regret to me means something
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you feel that you did wrong. i don't have that. >> boom. shaggy defense. it wasn't them. there's this well worn pattern in this country of our elites passing the buck to someone else when disaster strikes. so what do you think happened today in congress when the question of who is to blame for the gulf oil came up? to set the stage, here are your options. the blame lies with bp who operating the oil well, transocean who owned the oil rig or halliburton who was doing the work on the oil well at the time. so here we go. bp, you're up first. you operated the well that is now leaking out of control. so that is your bad, right? >> bp as a leaseholder and operator of the well hired transocean to drill that well. transocean as owner of the deep water horizon drilling rig has the responsibility for the safety of drilling operations. >> please, sir, it wasn't you. it was transocean. all right, transocean.
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your move. you own the rig. so must be your fault, right? >> liability and culpability and ultimate responsibility for the events that resulted in the events are one thing. as the lease operator and well owner, that falls on bp. >> touche, transocean puts it back on bp. the shaggy defense in all of it glory. anything else you want to add to that transocean? >> the one thing we do know is on the evening of april 20th there was a sudden catastrophic failure of the cement, the casing or both. without a failure of one of those elements, the explosion could not have occurred. >> aha. a new player. well halliburton were the ones doing the cement work at the time. it looks like they are to blame. halliburton, what do you have to say for yourself? >> i need to emphasize hall butt as a service provider is
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contractually banned to comply to the perform maps of all work-related activities. >> the well owner, which would get us right back to bp. shoot. i was kind of guessing it would in the end halliburton to blame. isn't that the default reaction since 2003? it was bp, transocean and halliburton giving their own version of the shaggy defense. giffin this country's recent history that wasn't surprising. that is what people do in post disaster situations. it doesn't help us get closer to understanding what went wrong here. if everyone is to blame no one is to blame. there is little incentive for halliburton or transocean or bp to make sure this never happens again. joining us now democratic senator robert menendez, a member of the senate energy and natural resources committee.
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senator menendez, thanks for joining us tonight. >> good to be with you. >> watching these hearings, it seemed like these executives were shifting the blame back and forth. is that how it seemed to you in the room? >> absolutely. i said in my first line of questioning i can see we have the liability circle working already. no one wants to be responsible. which is why my legislation to raise the individual liability to $75 million to $10 billion is essential. so that they can't run away individually or collectively from their responsibility to the fishermen, to the shrimp fishermen, the commercial fishermen, to the coastal communities, the estuaries that are going to be harmed. that's why we need to do this. as they play the blame game, we want to make sure people are made whole. >> explain that. if you raise the cap through this legislation the idea is there is so much liability to go around we can kind of spread it
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to all the parties? is that the idea? >> right now, for example, bp has only a $75 million liability. that is beyond the cleanup. they will have to clean up but when commercial fishermen are harmed, shrimp fishermen are harmed, seafood processing plants are harmed, coastal communities lose tourism their liability is limited. bp made $5.6 billion in profit, not proceeds, profits, in the first three months of this year alone, i think they can afford to pay it. >> were you able to discern who is most responsible at this point? of the three parties you had in front of you, is there a clear villain here? >> well, i don't think we were able to deduce that today. we are certainly going to need
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once the oil spill is contained and the cleanup moves on then we have to have a full investigation. but it seems to me, personally, that there is plenty of liability across the entire spectrum of that table. and it also seems to me that we have to question our federal inspection standards as to how it is that the blowout protector which was supposed to stop this all from happening and had a dozen different safeguards, none of which worked, ultimately could possibly be in a situation where none of them could work. how were they tested, understand what standards? there is plenty to go around. above all, i don't want while bp chases transocean which chases halliburton for the people in the gulf region to have to wait. that is why raising the liability standards would make those people whole instead of
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"exxon valdez" where people had to wait 20 years. many got nothing because they fell off the legal process along the way. i don't want to see that happen here. it is a lesson to these companies they are going to have to really rein in the essence of what they are doing and it makes us think twice of drilling offshore. i hope we understand there is no such thing as too safe not to fail. >> you mention offshore drilling. the white house made quite a bit of coming out in support of offshore gridrilling. do you think this is an embarrassment for the administration which seemed to stake a lot of political capital on the oceans for drill something. >> i think the administration made a huge mistake. as someone who represents the state of new jersey and knows a lot of colleagues along the coastal states. we have multibillion economies built on tourism, fishing industries. new jersey has a $50 billion
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commercial tourism and fishing industry. we could not afford a spill like this on the beaches of new jersey and what it would mean to our economy and our habitat for over a generation. after all, the energy information administration, the federal entity that tell us if we were going to open the east coast the west coast all of the gulf and the alaska shorelines, we would end up having 3% of the world's oil even though we ultimately consume 25% of the world's oil in an international market. even the oil we create doesn't stay here necessarily domestically. it goes into a world market. the bottom line is we can keep chasing after a 19th century fossil fuel that creates global warming problems or begin to transfer our energy needs to new renewable energy sources. this should be a wakeup call to accelerate that process. >> democratic senator robert
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menendez of new jersey. thank you so much for your time tonight. >> thank you. bp is trying something new to cap the still spilling. it is called a junk shot. it has to work, right? we explain with a highly technical, completely made up educational film we took this afternoon. next. the senate voted 96-0 for a bill that is not meryl streep is great bill. federal reserve, they are looking at you. stay with us. gecko: yeah right, that makes sense. boss: trust is key when talking about geico. you gotta feel it. why don't you and i practice that with a little exercise where i fall backwards and you catch me. gecko: uh no sir, honestly... uh...i don't think...uh... boss: no, no. we can do this. gecko: oh dear. vo: geico. fifteen minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.
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you ever find yourself using words that you are not maybe 100% sure you know the meaning of? for the longest time i was using firm meantiming foundation. it turns out it means the sky. oops. one place you don't expect to find ambiguity is in august oxford english dictionary.
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australian scientist hughes discovered for 99 years the oed has been misleading readers about siphon. liquids move by means of atmospheric pressure, which forces the liquid up and over the bend of in the pipe. the oed will take his comments in account. nice to see someone accept their error for a change. a chance to increase your vocabulary. now we are clear on the definition of siphon, it is time to get to work on the junk shot.
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as thousands of gallons of crude oil gush from and underwater volcano in the gulf of mexico, the race is on to cap that well. the oil turns to buford p. troleum. >> this is the safest industry in the world. things never go wrong but when they do i can fix it. >> oil is gushing below the surface. >> i have designed this big box to put over the flowing oil. we'll attach a pipe to to top and voila the oil is contained. days later, failure. well, that was unexpected. but no matter, i have another idea. a smaller box. it could work. >> while crews work to put that second box together dr. troleum
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puts finishing touches on his plan. i call it a junk shot. you put junk in here and blows down here. it could work. >> only time will tell if his ingenious creations will stop the oil. if they don't -- >> all i need are wigs and pantyhose to soak up the oil. >> will these solutions work? stay tuned to "the rachel maddow show" to find out. >> kudos to "the rachel maddow show" crack archivist who unearthed that prescient educational film from some 20 years before rachel's birth. we know one thing about the deem horizon oil disaster, the smaller box nicknamed the top hat try number two is at the oil spill. bp hopes to lower it over the
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leaking pipe by thursday. meantime, 210,000 gallons of crude continue to gush into the gulf of mexico every day. when and how the responsibilities stop that unrestrained continuous blast of petroleum remains to be seen. joining us now is civil and environmental engineering professor of rice university. thanks so much for your time tonight. i hope i got your name right. >> yes, you did. >> excellent. the smaller box, the top hat, what makes it different than the bigger box and more likely to work? >> the primary thing is they will be sending the box down at the end of a pipe, if you will, that outer pipe will be sending down warm sea water. that will keep the box warm and hopefully it will not plug up the way the bigger one did and the ice plug will be prevented from forming. hopefully it will work.
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>> so the problem the last time is they put down this big thing and it was so cold there was freezing that happened in the pipe and that blocked it up and that is going to be warmed with warm water. am i getting that right? >> yes, you are. >> okay. if that fails we heard in the papers about the junk shot which sounds absurd. is that what it sounds like? are we considering pumping garbage into the leak? how could that plausibly be a solution? >> well, it's not garbage, really. the reason why they are going to pump in rubber pieces and golf balls and things like that is you want to jam up the oil and gas which is coming up the well and flowing through the blowout preventer. if you can jam these things inside that with, you know, these pieces of rubber, then they have a better chance of getting cement and mud into the
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well to plug it. >> okay. so you put the rubber down, it temporarily stops it. but doesn't that -- i'm maybe betraying a tremendous amount of ignorance. doesn't that pressure have to go somewhere? if you are able to stem the pressure gushing up with the junk, isn't that going to just sort of seep out somewhere else? >> some of it is still going to come out. they are going to access the b.o.p. from a valve and they will be able to control that flow of oil and gas through that valve which they are going to access pr the site. >> ah. >> with that they will be able to control the flow eventually, of course. >> this technology if you can call a junk shot with technology, was used in the gulf war 20 years ago. you have the well drilling technology is advanced, but it
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doesn't seem like the cleanup or emergency techniques have advanced. is that more orless where we are right now? >> this is an unprecedented accident which i think nobody was expecting. the industry is scrambling to get measures in place to plug the well. that is the reason why i think some of these techniques are being tried which have never been tried at this depth. it is a learning experience even for the industry right now. >> it certainly seems like a learning experience. satish nagarajiah, thank you for your time. a unanimous bipartisan vote happened in the senate today. their target. the federal reserve. just who does the fed give money to anyway? vermont senator bernie sanders joins me next. [ female announcer ] get everything you want in a night out
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something truly remarkable happened in washington today. the united states senate passed something by the way of a 96-0 vote. 96 in favor, zero against. which means democrats and republicans voted together for the same thing. and this incredible unanimous vote was not for one of those
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things that always passes no matter what things like renaming a post office or declaring grandma's appreciation day or a bill with the patriot in the title. that one did get one dissenting vote props to russ feingold. no. they voted 96-0 for an audit for the federal reserve. what is an audit of the federal reserve? let's start with the federal reserve itself. the fed is the nation's bank. its job is to lend money to other banks. that's what it does and that's what it has always done. beginning in 2007 you might recall the economy went into an apocalyptic death spiral and the fed wasn't just loaning money to commercial banks but all sorts of parties it had never been lend money to and in all kinds of ways it had never done before. most troubling of all, the fed
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wouldn't say who any of those borrowers were and how much they got. if the idea of the fed just handing out cash and refusing to tell anyone who they were handing it to sounds crazy that's because it is crazy. here's what happened in march of last year when senator bernie sanders of vermont huffed and puffed and tried to get federal chair ben bernanke to tell them who was on the receiving end of $2.2 trillion of emergency federal loans. >> will you tell us who got that money and the terms of those agreements. >> we explain the terms exactly. we explained what the collateral terms are. >> to whom did you explain that? >> it is on our website. >> who got the money? >> hundreds and hundreds of banks. any bank that has access to the u.s. federal reserve discount -- >> tell us who they are? >> no. >> no. you just catch that.
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he just plain wouldn't tell who the fed is giving money to. the effort to combat that secrecy and account for the basic facts of who is getting how much money from the fed has given rise to the political coalition. the audit includes lefty bloggers and uber conservatives. allen grayson and ron paul, the most liberal and the most conservative members of the house. the fed movement includes the 96 senators present today. joining us is independent senator bernie sanders of vermont. the sponsor of the audit the fed amendment that passed unanimously today. i hope you are not too fatigued from taking a victory lap. thanks for coming here tonight. >> my pleasure. >> tell me what your amendment does. what is the scope of this audit and what is it going to tell us? >> well, for a start, it forces
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ben bernanke to tell the american people what he refused to tell me on the day i asked him those questions. essentially on -- by december 1st, 2010, anybody in this country who has a computer will learn which financial institutions or foreign banks received loans often 0% or very low interest loans from the fed. that is number one. there is going to be disclosure. number two, what we put into this amendment is to ask the gao to do an investigation of possible conflicts of interest between the feds and the heads of the largest financial institutions in this country. it has always seemed very strange to me you can have a situation where people like lloyd blankfein, the ceo of goldman sachs could be involved in meetings with the fed
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fighting for example for $185 billion bailout of aig. guess what, chris, it turns out that goldman sachs got $13 billion repaid from aig to goldman sachs. 100 cents on the dollar. now to my mind, that looks like a conflict of interest. that is what the gao will take a look at. you have situations where stephen friedman, a member of the board of goldman sachs happened to be the head of the new york fed. in that capacity he pushed for goldman sachs to become a bank holding company gaining access to the fed window. he also bought a lot of stocks which went up during that period. to my mind, again, and i think to many people, that appears to be a conflict of interest. what is going on when you have the heads of multitrillion dollar financial institutions sitting down behind closed doors with the fed and working out
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deals which benefit some of the most wealthy and powerful people in this country? point is, the fed is the most powerful, in my view, government agency. it has operated for decades with virtue told secrecy. we are now beginning to lift the veil of that secrecy, learning what is going on. that is an important step forward for the american people. >> the biggest headline is the unanimous vote. how did this coalition come together at a time when practically nothing ever gets a bipartisan vote let alone a unanimous one. >> this unanimous vote is a little misleading. if you and i chatted two weeks ago i would tell you i wasn't sure we would get the 50 or 60 votes we need. there is a lesson. when you have strong grassroots progressive organizations like
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the afl-cio, moveon.org, prepare to work with the strongest grass roots conservative organizations. millions of people get mobilized and say, we want to know what is going on in the fed. it is our money. we want to know if there are conflicts of interest. when you have the type of grassroots effort, that energy percolates on up and makes it harder and harder for members of the senate to say, you know what? no. i'm going to protect the secrecy of the fed. that didn't work today. i'm very proud that so many people came together. it is a lesson for the future. if we focus on economic issues. you are going to find working class people progressive or conservative prepared to come together to fight for justice in our country. >> you know, there's also another reason that seems the votes came in which is that you had modified the language of the amendment from your original
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language. largely it was reported i imagine due to pressure from the white house and other folks in the administration. are you satisfied with what you came out with? are there things you want to see strengthened when it goes to conference committee. the house has a stronger version in some respects. >> well, yes and no. there are some aspects of the house bill that are stronger. they have unlike my amendment, a one-time audit of the fed in terms of emergency provisions, theirs is ongoing. i support that. i support that. that was in my original amendment. on the other hand what we have that the house amendment does not have is we have specificity. we have disclosure. which the house bill doesn't have. we have very clear language that the gao is going to have to take a hard look at conflicts of interest. the house bill is more general. it basically says, what my bill in the senate said, the gao will
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audit the fed. we have more specificity in this bill and i think that is a positive thing. >> great. senator bernie sanders, independent of vermont, thanks for joining us tonight. >> good to be with you. >> house minority leader john boehner is sick of obama's high taxes. the last time taxes were this high john boehner was in diapers. if by high you mean low. that's next. [ horns honking ] i need to get back on the bike. ♪
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coming up, the entire gamut of news from ostensibly bad options in afghanistan and a yo yo expert. there is so much more on our combination platter. first a few of holy mackerel stories. i'm not offering much on commentary of elena kagan to the supreme court because my wife works at the white house council's office and kagan went
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to my high school. that said there is a statistic that should be noted every time a republican complains about the liberalizing of the supreme court. it is this. 'two academics appeals court judge and his colleague at the university of chicago conducted a study released last year in which they ranked every supreme court justice between 1997 and 2006. seven years. and what they found was of the most five conservative supreme court justices of the past seven decades, the most extreme white wing justices, four are serving on the current court. the justice we consider to be the moderate swing vote, anthony kennedy, is ranked as the tenth most conservative justice since 1937. not one of the five most liberal juts is serving today. which mean paradoxically if we
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want a court that has the cherished beltway centerism, we need serious radicals, if oenl noam chomsky were 40 years younger and had no paper trail. a boy can dream. there is a quantifiable gap when it comes to taxes, specifically what people think they pay. when asked 77% told pollsters their taxes remained the same or went up. that theme, obama is raising our taxes theme has been stoked by republicans. regarding last month's job increases the spokesperson for john boehner told roll call while positive signs are good news and we expect our economy recover it is because of the hard work and entrepreneurship of the american people and despite more spending, higher taxes and more regulation. hear that? higher taxes. here is where congressman
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boehn boehner knowledge fails. americans paid less in taxes since the mailbox at 1600 pennsylvania avenue was labeled the trumans. that is a percentage of income. every job created in america in the last 60 years materialized despite more heinous job killing overtaxation than our current socialist president is able to inflict. finally, today was a day like any other in egypt. the sun rose, the nile flowed south to north, the emergency laws were extended for another two years. a day like any other. the emergency laws have been in place for nearly 30 years ever since the assassination of anwar sadat. the police can detain terrorists
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afghan president hamid karzai is in washington as part of a four-day visit. fresh off publicly scorning mr. karzai, the obama administration has launched a charm offensive with the only official ally in the holter of our two wars. >> i offer a very warm welcome to president karzai and the members of the afghan government gathered here. it is a special pleasure to host you and your distinguished delegation in washington for what is truly an historic gathering this week. >> wow. it doesn't feel like that long ago the u.s. government was
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dismissing karzai after he made a series of statements dismissing the united states and threatening to join the taliban. it is because it wasn't that long ago. like, about a month, remember. >> is karzai our ally? >> karzai is the democratically elected leader of afghanistan. >> is he a credible partner to the u.s.? >> again, he is the democratically elected leader of afghanistan. >> so that's patched up and the administration has now publicly embraced karzai and his government despite appearances that the folks running afghanistan remain as corrupt as ever. whether or not the obama administration and president karzai say nice things, the united states fortunes are tied to the karzai government. nearly nine years into the war there, there vn be over 1,000 american casualties, the u.s. has given $51 billion. president obama has accomplished a july 2011 deadline to bring
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some troops home and a fresh sense of urgency to get something done. amid that mood report today fror of american progress. its suggestion is there is no plan for the afghan government to decrease its dependence on foreign aid and emerge as a self-sustaining nation. consider this. quote, the afghan government remains heavily reliant on international support for almost 80% of its budget. this major alliance on international aid means the afghan government's key constituency is the international donor community, not its populace. the long-term survival requires a reduction on dependence on foreign aid. the problem isn't that american taxpayers are investing in what continues to be a desperately poor country. that is an absolute moral duty. the problem is we seem to be create ago situation in which afghanistan is turned into a ward of the american state in perpetuity. joining mess is brian cotola, thanks so much for being here.
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>> thanks for having me on, chris. >> according to the report your think tank put out, the situation doesn't advance the well-being of the populace or the u.s. interests, and one line -- how did we get to this state? >> well, i think a big part of it is the path that was carved out by the previous administration. as you know, this was the forgotten war for so many years. we unnecessarily went into iraq, and i think we were distracted. now we're playing catch-up. in the process of playing catch-up, i don't think we have a clear long-term plan of the end state. my colleagues in this report i think lay out the extreme challenges that exist for helping build afghan institutions, which i think everybody admits is central to the strategy in afghanistan. >> yeah, i mean, you hear this conversation about building stronger institutions and cracking down on corruption, it feels a little despair-inducing.
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is there a path forward for doing that when so much of the current strategy seems to rely on keeping karzai as a partner? >> well, i think we've been fixated on karzai. what i've seen in visits to afghanistan, you have a lot of good people who want just the basic things you and i have, security, economic development, and there are a lot of people we can work with. karzai, i think, is a real stickler here. as you mentioned, it's been a rocky relationship. just a few weeks ago, he was threatening to join the taliban, the guys we were trying to fight, so managing that relationship, but trying to not put all our eggs in the basket is part of the strategy here and to develop institutions at multiple levels, not just at the national government, but in the district and provinces, too. >> president karzai is in town, of course, this week, and is going to be here for a while. i'm wondering what your -- if you're a fly on the wall in those meetings, what are the conversations you think are happening here? what does karzai want to see?
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what does the white house want to see? >> well, i hope from the u.s. perspective, there's some tough taupe, because as we've seen in public and we'll see in public, this is the kiss-and-make up mode. i hope that the united states and the obama administration is pretty clear about cracking down on corruption and strengthening governance, because it's a self-defeating proposition if we're sending troops and taxpayer money over there and our partner is not as serious about strengthening his own government. from the karzai end, i think he's looking for an enduring strategic relationship. i wouldn't be surprised if the u.s. and afghanistan announce a dialogue similar to what we have seen with pakistan, a long-term strategic dialogue that sends a signal even if our troops are starting to leave next summer, we'll be there for the long haul and trying to build a partnership here. >> do you think the fact that we are seeing a level of violence in afghanistan and continued news reports about civilian
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casualties undermines essentially the independence of karzai, makes it more difficult for him to stand out? >> you go back to that 80% figure, 80% of his funds come from us and the international community. i think that makes it difficult for him to stand up on his own. one pathway we need to talk more about is how does afghanistan use its own natural resources to basically develop its own economy and system there? second we have issues lie this offense in kandahar, there's some questions about whether the united states and afghanistan are in full agreement about whether -- or how to proceed in kandahar. i think this will be discussed, and we really need to listen to our afghan partner in terms of how do we move star? >> brian kutalis, thank you for being here. >> thank you. coming up on "countdown" -- a perfect topic for keith to ask michael musto about.
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we turn now to our yo-yo fraud correspondent kent jones. who knew your beat would be so easy? >> oh, there's a lot going on, chris. here is a shocking cautionary tale about a man, a yo-yo, and a web of lies. look. >> meet kenny extraser, aka cuss-strass. >> i am just a 35-year-old kid at heart. i don't have a girlfriend, don't want one. >> he was pitched to local tv producers as a master yo-yo artist whose mission was to travel around schools in the midwest teaching children about environmentalism by delighting
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him about his prowess, the perfect local morning tv guest, so here on the "sunrise 7" show, here he is. >> and you're like this, you know -- correction, master yo-yo, with little more than a yellow ball cap and super-sincere story line, he managed to talk several other tv stations into dazzling their viewers with his yo-yo skills. they even let him rap. >> hey there up in the sky, it's the k-strass, the yo-yo guy. >> reporter: when he appeared on a show in green bay, he said he forgot the string. you've got to hand it to him, this is some deep weird andy kauffman territory here. as they say, he commits to the material. >> let's bring it back home for a clean landing, 10-4.
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>> but next time, we'll call you. thank you, kent. that was awesome. >> anytime. that does it for us tonight. i'm chris hayes, "countdown with keith olbermann" starts now. good night. which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? gusher. the gulf spill disaster hearings on capitol hill and if blame were oil, the country would now have enough for a thousand years. the president of bp america points the finger at the operator of the rig safety device. >> why did transocean's blowout preventer, the key fail-safe mechanism fail to shut in the well and release the rig? >> political fame theater, the blame assignment analyzed by joe romm. the supreme court release the kagan. >> the nominee has thin experience.
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>> this is not just a conservative debate. tonight it is a liberal one. lawrence o'donnell in defense of elena kagan. professor marjorie cone cohen prosecutes the can be -- this is a liberal supreme court justice. it changed again. labor prime minister brown was to stay on, resign by september so his successor could form a coalition with the lib democrats. the lib lab coalition is dead. brown quit effective immediately. the liberal leader is the deputy printer and conservative leader david cameron is the new prime minister. >> her majesty the queen has asked me to form a new government and i have accepted. >> the far left and the far right in a coalition during a recession. well, that will last. "worsts." nightmare in seattle. >> you got me?

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