The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends shows a recruiting day at Venice Beach in California, a Marine boot camp in 2002, just months prior to the Iraq Invasion, scenes from combat in Iraq, and interviews with returning soldiers and their families.
- At one point in the movie, the film’s producers reproduce footage from behind an airborne camera (in a drone perhaps?) showing the distant ground images of maybe 20 or more Iraqis walking through a street intersection. You hear a spoken order to destroy these people and then a countdown to the launch of a missile. You see a big explosion that destroys all of the Iraqis. Then you hear the voice of a young white male, one of the military personnel involved in the attack. He says “Dude.” He says it in a very awestruck way. It’s like a video game, he knows, but this time it’s real. Those were actual flesh and blood human beings he just eliminated with the flick of a switch.