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AMERICA AT WAR - 6.29.04
In Focus
About the Series
Flashpoints USA with Bryant Gumbel and Gwen Ifill is an innovative public affairs series from PBS that brings together both compelling examinations of critical issues and a dynamic pairing of two of the most respected names in journalism.


Television Poll How do Americans feel about the war in Iraq? View the results of the Flashpoints USA nationwide survey.


Photo montage: U.S. helicopter flies over Baghdad; President Bush, in a flight suit, poses with sailors on the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln; anti-war protestors hold signs
This Moment in History Today's Military Wartime Leaders


What is America's Place in the Post-9/11 World?
The events of September 11, 2001 shocked America and initially brought us together as a nation. But now, is the war in Iraq tearing us apart? What is the role of the United States in Iraq's future? How is the battle against terrorism framing decision making by the Bush administration, and how will the war shape the presidential race?

As the U.S. transfers sovereignty in Iraq to an interim government, Flashpoints USA with Bryant Gumbel and Gwen Ifill examines these tough questions. Before joining the discussion on this Web site, use the background information, transcripts and video clips provided in this section to take a look the debates raised by the Iraq war. Then add your thoughts to the discussion, examining whether the war has made us safer, how the structure of the U.S. military is suited to the 21st century, and how the war will impact the upcoming presidential election.

This Moment in History
How did we get here? What shape will the new Iraqi government take? And what does the future hold for the United States? Follow a timeline of post-9/11 events, explore the structure of the Iraqi Interim Government, and read a transcript of Gwen Ifill's interview with National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice. More...

Today's Military
With commitments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea and around the world, are U.S. forces stretched too thin? Is the military too reliant on reservists, and are they properly trained to do the job? Is it time to reinstate the draft? Gwen Ifill discusses the state of the military in the 21st century with Senator John McCain. More...

Wartime Leaders
How does a war shape a president's legacy? Will the war in Iraq influence how Americans vote in November? Bryant Gumbel looks at the politics of war with former Clinton White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart and Republican political strategist Cheri Jacobus.More...


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