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It was once one of Saddam Hussein's palace compounds see it later became his prison.
Now camp victory which has -- served as united states military headquarters in Iraq for years.
Now it's in the hands of the Iraqi Government.
I was in Baghdad -- seven years ago or so ahead of Iraq's first parliamentary election.
-- major step in the transition of power then and we walked around Saddam secret underground bunker.
So we showed to the upstairs.
That's the first vault door into Saddam bunker here's another one.
He built this place to be fortified so he can stay down here I don't know years if he wanted to.
My guess is Saddam took the elevator it had worked since the bomb showed up we're taking us there.
Steers to a place the military did not even know existed.
Three levels down now and this is the decontamination.
Valve if there's a chemical attack -- whatever Saddam and his folks were ready.
Standing here these things would be cleaned off.
A lot of stuff but here's been ripped off because the military's been here awhile -- -- military with -- use.
But stuff and take.
The regular Iraqis got -- -- too.
It goes on for ever and ever.
So that's the bunker I'd actually forgotten all about that joining us now as far as his military analyst retired US army major general Robert Scales is -- is the camp -- back in 2008.
-- great to see you.
It's gonna see it to ship this a big day isn't it -- -- symbolically especially.
Yeah ideas but you know it's kind of surreal to see the flag folded it camp victory and and the palace being shut down -- As you know I visited there many times and like I say it was a very strange place with all the schlock that that Saddam could garner first palaces -- that all around the side you see.
You see PowerPoint projectors and soldiers here lying on the floor and soldiers -- -- -- awful mess hall equipment.
He was a real strange sort of connection between Saddam who's Hussein's past and and the army's presence is very -- I don't know if people can get a visual on what you were just talking about but I I had the exact same feeling.
Being in these palatial estates hundreds of rooms so ornate with the gold in the Persian rugs and all the rest and -- -- the military are -- around.
Conducting a war but but our goal from the very beginning was to hand everything back and and we're getting there.
Yeah we're getting there you know it yeah I talked to several people today they tell -- you -- -- a job well done but in their opinion it's a job's not finished.
Much of the Iraqi Army is in good shape and much of it's not and I think there was a belief among particularly those in high places in Baghdad that.
Another year at least a few more months would have helped to get to the Iraqi Army in better shape the deal with the future -- yeah yeah I guess at some point you just you reach a point where it's like we we and it really war war without end our man on man is not and not really what we're into.
Absolutely right -- but I'll I'll never forget going into this great -- and it is beautiful ornate room to spend the night and the water wasn't potable so I had to I had addressed.
I had to drink out of plastic water battles that I couldn't take a shower because the water was so polluted what a strange surreal place you're really was man it's great to see okay have a great -- -- -- ship.
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