Frontline: Obama’s War

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

October 1, 2009

Tens of thousands of fresh American troops are now on the move in Afghanistan, led by a new commander and armed with a counterinsurgency plan that builds on the lessons of Iraq. But can U.S. forces succeed in a land long known as the “graveyard of empires”? And can the U.S. stop the Taliban in neighboring Pakistan, where U.S. troops are not allowed and the government is weak?

In Obama’s War, veteran correspondent Martin Smith travels across Afghanistan and Pakistan to see first-hand how the president’s new strategy is taking shape, delivering vivid, on-the-ground reporting from this eight-year-old war‘s many fronts. Through interviews with top generals, diplomats and government officials, Smith also reports the internal debates over President Obama’s grand attempt to combat terrorism at its roots.

“What we found on the ground was a huge exercise in nation building,” says Smith. “The concept’s become a bit of a dirty word, but that’s what this is. We started with the goal of eliminating Al Qaeda, and now we’ve wound up with the immense task of re-engineering two nations.”


via FRONTLINE: Obama’s War: watch the full program online | PBS


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  3. I just watched this so-called documentary on television. I found it both humorous and sad. The marine commander who had evidently taken a crash course in Pashto kept getting more and more angry with the local people because either his Pashto was bad or they were lying to him. I found this to be hilarious.. Also, the American soldiers kept saying we Americans have come to help you and please don’t leave your marketplace and hide. We Americans have traveled thousands of miles and brought a few things with us like tanks, drones, helicopters, F-16s, and machine guns, but really folks, we are here to help you. We like you so much we picked your country out of so very many on the globe and brought our latest inventions, which will undoubtedly help you into the next life.

    I remember the Vietnam War vividly. I know that is strange, but I was in the anti-war movement and I read every newspaper and listened to so many politicians and Generals speak. It is like deja vu all over again. I know these Generals think they have learned from Vietnam, but they haven’t learned a damn thing. The ruling class of the US will not “win” in Afghanistan, Pakistan or in Iraq. It has just cooled off for a bit in Iraq. The Iraqi people will never give up to a foreign invader. The US military temporarily spread a lot of money around in Iraq, but that can’t last and resistance will continue.

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