Best of VBS : Ben Anderson

Published January 7, 2010 by Spike


VBS has the best of VBS 2009 up. Included is an amazing piece by our friend Ben Anderson, Obama’s War. He was with a marine platoon in Afghanistan this last summer. It was Obama’s first mission in the war. The footage he gets is incredible on the ground with the troops footage. He also was there the year before with British troops who were trying to train the newly formed Afghan army who have no interest in fighting and are just there for the money and to radio ahead and tell the Taliban where they are. In the middle of this chaotic fire fight, the Afghan soldiers are smoking opiates stoned out of their head. That piece is Inside Afgahnastan.

Both are definitely worth watching both as a reminder that we are at war and also to feel what its like over there. Ben is heading back there next month for another piece. Be safe Ben.

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3 comments so far

  1. we love you too and pray for your safety and return to your family in safe body and mind

  2. Paul says:

    Thank you very much for the link and for the tip. It was very intense material and really raises one`s awareness for the situation down there.
    For me as a German it`s interesting to see this, because German troops are there as well. The politicians in Germany even try to avoid the term “War”, they speak of “conflict” or “mission”. I think it has a lot to do with German history, with the second world war, that Germans do not want to go officially “to war”.

    But it was fascinating and it raises a lot of questions. Thank god, that people like Ben Anderson are out there.

  3. Patrick Neil says:

    Thanks for the link Spike. It’s nice to see what the news tends to not show.