This Is What Winning Looks Like

90 minutes 8.7/10 based on 7 votes

This feature length documentary, “This Is What Winning Looks Like,” produced by VICE, is a disturbing look into the sexual misconduct, corruption, drug abuse, and overall incompetence of the Afghan security forces and the overall state of affairs in Afghanistan as US and British troops have began to withdraw.

In February 2013, on General John R. Allen’s last day leading NATO forces in Afghanistan said, “Afghan forces defending Afghan people and enabling the government of this country to serve its citizens. This is victory, this is what winning looks like, and we should not shrink from using these words.”

US and British forces are officially scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and this documentary gives a bleak look into the mess that is going to be be left behind, a sharp contrast from the victory that the media and politicians involved would like you and the world to believe.

Journalist Ben Anderson has been covering the war in Afghanistan for 6 years now and this brilliant documentary is the end result of what he has seen.

Read Ben Anderson’s full article This Is What Winning Looks Like – My Afghanistan War Diary.

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  • disqus_HJ44liXaeG

    this is really good movie, shows the real truth of what really going on back there…if there would be more film like this, maybe thing start really to change

  • Scott Winter

    kinda make s you realize why the soldiers come home without any hope…after watching their friends injured and dead for this place…bring them all home now

  • marcus

    good job bringing this to light . well done Ben Anderson and thx

  • alora

    Well done!Ben Anderson…Love and respect from Afghanistan…I honestly THANK YOU and many more like you…

  • James Johnson

    The thing I notice is how many of these countries we are sent to, to keep peace. These countries have no wage structure, for the most part are driven by religious leadership to the detriment of everything else. No labor laws. No set taxation laws and no workers protection laws. No gun bans and encourage self before community.
    Now curiously I have come back home and sat in church praising our uniformed heroes and yet these church goers talk of things like: Less government involvement in personal lives, yet they want anti abortion laws in place. Less government involvement in wages, as in let the individual corporation or company decide how much each individual will earn, beholden by no minimum wage laws. They want to violently protect their right to own and operate any type of gun they chose without government limitation on clip size and type. Indeed they go around and intimidate those who are calling for more stringent laws to keep guns out of the hands of the deranged. They want Christianity to be recognized as the state religion, you ve heard them: “This country was founded on Christian principles!” I guess they haven’t read Jefferson’s rants against religion then as a founding father he would have something to say today. But really I have seen these countries first hand and they are the result of these “republican, conservative” policies enacted into reality, and it ain’t pretty.
    So maybe we ought to be careful what we wish for. I for one would not want the USA to resemble anything like that place over there.

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