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Horrors of War: ViCE.com: "This is What 'Winning' Looks Like." (3-Part AfPak Mini-Docu Series)

This Is What Winning Looks Like (Part 1/3)

http://youtu.be/BKHPTHx0ScQ
vice
Published on May 15, 2013

"This Is What Winning Looks Like" is a disturbing new documentary about the ineptitude, drug abuse, sexual misconduct, and corruption of the Afghan security forces as well as the reduced role of US Marines due to the troop withdrawal.

In part one, we see just how chaotic and hopeless the situation is in Sangin, one of the most violent towns in Afghanistan.

Watch part 2 here: http://bit.ly/What-Winning-Looks-Like-2

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This Is What Winning Looks Like (Part 2/3)

http://youtu.be/S77dCAZzcLM
vice
Published on May 16, 2013

In part two, we see on-the-ground footage of fighting between the Afghan forces and the Taliban as well as insightful commentary from the documentary's producer, Ben Anderson. There are also exclusive interviews with the US Ambassador and the British Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan about the prospect of peace in the region.

This Is What Winning Looks Like (Part 3/3)

http://youtu.be/C8rRqRoCUsg
vice
Published on May 17, 2013

In part three, we see that the sad truth is, at the end of the day, we will be leaving behind ill-prepared security forces, which will likely lead to an increase in Taliban attacks, civilian casualties, and, overall, an increasingly dangerous and fragile nation.

Watch parts 1 and 2 here:
http://bit.ly/What-Winning-Looks-Like-1
http://bit.ly/What-Winning-Looks-Like-2

Accompanying article:

This Is What Winning Looks Like
My Afghanistan War Diary

By Ben Anderson | 1 week ago (As of 5/16/2013)

US Specialist Christopher Saenz looks out over the landscape during a patrol outside the village of Musa Qala, Helmand province. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

I didn’t plan on spending six years covering the war in Afghanistan. I went there in 2007 to make a film about the vicious fighting between undermanned, underequipped British forces and the Taliban in Helmand, Afghanistan’s most violent province. But I became obsessed with what I witnessed there—how different it was from the conflict’s portrayal in the media and in official government statements.

All I had to do was trek out to one of the many tiny, isolated patrol bases that dot the barren, sunbaked landscape and hang out with British infantry troops to see the chaotic reality of the war firsthand: firefights that lasted entire days, suicide bombers who leaped onto unarmored jeeps from behind market stalls, IEDs buried everywhere, and bombs dropped onto Afghans’ homes, sometimes with whole families of innocent civilians inside.

In 2006, when troops were sent into Helmand, British command didn’t think there’d be much fighting at all. The mission was simple: “Facilitate reconstruction and development.” The UK Defense Secretary John Reid even said he hoped the army could complete their mission “without a single shot being fired.”

But with each year that followed, casualties and deaths rose as steadily as the local opium crop. Thousands more British troops were deployed, then tens of thousands of US troops, at the request of General Stanley McChrystal, following a six-month review of the war after President Obama took office. Still, the carnage and confusion continued unabated. Suicide bombings increased sevenfold. Every step you took might reveal yet another IED.

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UPDATE1 : Part 3 video Added - Fri May 17, 2013.

UPDATE2 : Courtesy of JoshArizona; Ben Anderson of Vice.com on BBC Panorama, Feb. 25, 2013.

BBC: Mission Accomplished? Secrets of Helmand
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Mission Accomplished? Is This What Winning Looks Like

http://youtu.be/7E-ybgJS9HE
War Documentaries
Published on Apr 3, 2013

Reporter Ben Anderson joins Allied troops as they prepare to hand over to Afghan forces next year. But he finds the Afghan army and police forces - who are taking over when the British and Americans leave - poorly trained and lacking the resources needed to fight the Taliban. Worse, he uncovers evidence that the police themselves are committing horrendous crimes under the noses of Allied forces.




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Saw this a while back

To know that our tax dollars are enabling the depravity that is depicted in the film.....There just are no words.

Update: Part 3 added, Plus BBC Panorama coverage of it

UPDATE1 : Part 3 video Added - Fri May 17, 2013.

UPDATE2 : Courtesy of JoshArizona; Ben Anderson of Vice.com on BBC Panorama, Feb. 25, 2013.

Mission Accomplished? Is This What Winning Looks Like
http://youtu.be/7E-ybgJS9HE
War Documentaries
Published on Apr 3, 2013

Reporter Ben Anderson joins Allied troops as they prepare to hand over to Afghan forces next year. But he finds the Afghan army and police forces - who are taking over when the British and Americans leave - poorly trained and lacking the resources needed to fight the Taliban. Worse, he uncovers evidence that the police themselves are committing horrendous crimes under the noses of Allied forces.

@ BBC: Mission Accomplished? Secrets of Helmand
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Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

But Vice is a CIA op...

that's what i read in some comment somewhere.


http://youtu.be/P0gyNxM0aDk

Potential Annualized National Debt Allowance - a look back at 40 years of PANDA diplomacy next Pandaline

LOL Oh Chris... ya got me, coppa!

by the way, are you still at Vice? Oopsie, I meant: the Onion? :0)

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

No - but I drove past their building once.

Are you referring to my elaborate birthday gift to myself hoax?

My resignation letter was just a ridiculous example of something that could not possibly ever happen, up to the day it does. Much like everything the Onion does, actually...

Potential Annualized National Debt Allowance - a look back at 40 years of PANDA diplomacy next Pandaline

Me too! well...

that was when I lived in Brooklyn, before their HQ went up on that site...unless you meant their Langley HQ! Well... though there was that one time when I was near DuPont Circle and...

As for the latter; yes indeed: Much like everything the Onion does, actually...

.D

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

It really is a real life

It really is a real life Apocolypse Now. No clear goal or objective, tons of money being dumped into wasteful projects. Rampant Drug use.

If we really wanted Osama we could have sent in a couple of special ops teams and had it done in weeks.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Major Steuben's tough position

I'm trying to channel a Mark Twain-type of response to this but I don't think sarcasm or dark humor can justify this piece.

"Evil prevails when good men do nothing."

*Insert witty synchronicity picture of Opium and US Forces here*

Fuck.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

The Liberty Crier has a link

The Liberty Crier has a link to the full show. All 3 parts in 1 segment.

http://libertycrier.com/politics/foreign-policy/this-is-what...

Great stuff

In my opinion, Ben Anderson is one of the best journalists to cover the Afghanistan conflict.

I am also a huge fan a VICE, hopefully part III will be out tomorrow.

Here is the same story by Ben Anderson, covered by BBC:

Check out the Laissez-Faire Journal at LFJournal.com


"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

yup, don't know what spaceship Vice founder

Shane Smith dropped in from...what? What's that? Oh Canada? Right, not spaceship but Canada! LOL. Regardless, that boy's got balls the size of Jupiter!

Yup, as far as MSM/Alt-media goes, Vice is truly one of the few really fearless outlets out there.

Plus, anyone who says the following and means it, is okay, in my book:

Smith has stated: "I grew up being a socialist and I have problems with it because I grew up in Canada [and] I’ve spent a lot of time in Scandinavia, where I believe countries legislate out creativity. They cut off the tall trees. Everyone’s a C-minus. I came to America from Canada because Canada is stultifyingly boring and incredibly hypocritical. Thanks, Canada."

lol.

The only thing I dislike, is the fact that for his "Vice on HBO" show, Shane had to team up with none other than oBUSHma/AIPAC-sucker Bill 'I'm libertarian' Maher, to add in the bucks and gave him the title and influence of Executive Producer.

Egads!

But so far, all their episodes have not lost a single iota of 'Vice-ness' even on HBO. So, good for him. Well... that is until they decide to cover WTC7, aka, Maher's Kryptonite; you can just see the pussy running through his mind, his last days at ABC's now defunct "Politically Incorrect:"


http://youtu.be/jVV9ZByg2M8


http://youtu.be/GA5DKtiNcgI

PS. Thanks for the BBC Panorama link. Updating now.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

updated

links and pix.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul