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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.

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This Moment in History
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Frontline: Truth, War & Consequences
It's the closest thing to a quagmire that Americans have seen in thirty years. Why did the U.S. go to war in Iraq? What went wrong? And at what cost?

Frontline: Beyond Baghdad
A journey across Iraq — from the Kurdish north, through the Sunni Triangle, into the Shiite south — and a hard look at the prospects for democracy.

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Resolution 1546
Text of the resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council on June 8, 2004, which endorses the new interim government of Iraq.

Transitional Administrative Law
Text of Iraq's new interim constitution.


Today's Military
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Online NewsHour: Bringing Back the Draft
January 8, 2003: In light of possible military action, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) introduces legislation that would reinstate the military draft.

Online NewsHour: On Call
February 12, 2003: Betty Ann Bowser reports on the impact of reserve and National Guard members being called to duty.

Online NewsHour: The Size of the U.S. Army
January 13, 2004: The U.S. Army has a third fewer soldiers than it did at the time it fought the 1991 Gulf War. Some military analysts are asking whether the Army is too small to support its long-term commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Christian Science Monitor: A battle cry from the 'Volunteer County'
March 12, 2003: Clay County, Alabama boasts more reservists and guardsmen per capita than anywhere else in the United States.


Wartime Leaders
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Online NewsHour: Presidents' Wartime Budgets
September 16, 2003: Gwen Ifill leads a discussion about the spending priortities of U.S. presidents in wartime and President Bush's request for new funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Online NewsHour: Presidential Power
December 24, 2001: Historians Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michael Beschloss, Haynes Johnson, Richard Norton Smith and Roger Wilkins discuss the different ways U.S. presidents have wielded their often-increased powers in times of war.

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