Frontline: Afghanistan and 'Obama's War'

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The photo of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima has long been an emblem of U.S. efforts in World War II; photos from My Lai still represent the Vietnam war for many. After eight years, however, there is still no single image that has defined the Afghan war. A new PBS/Frontline documentary, "Obama's War," contains footage and images of the war that hasn't been seen on American television screens until now.

The film begins with the death of a U.S. marine, Lance Corporal Seth Sharp, who is cut down by Taliban fire during a battle in Helmand province last summer. We speak with Seth's father, Ric Sharp, and Danfung Dennis, the photojournalist who captured the footage, about the power of images in the Afghan war. Martin Smith, co-director of "Obama's War," also joins us.

[Watch the first 24 minutes of the film here, or visit Frontline's website this evening for the entire piece.]

Guests:

Danfung Dennis, Ric Sharp and Martin Smith

Comments [3]

Mark Greenleaf

Ms. Headlee's condemnation of the translator is irony at its best: "Not even the translator speaks good English." Perhaps it would be wise to consider that English as a language is not inherently good or bad. Rather, it's the action of speech that is the issue. Therefore, I should say that "not even Ms. Headlee speaks English well." She should consider not throwing stones from her glass house.

Oct. 21 2009 06:04 PM
dana Franchitto

THis interviewer would rathewr have a "hero' story than conduct any critical inquiry as to why this young man had to die there in the first place. That's the state of "public" radio these days.

Oct. 13 2009 11:35 AM
sarah

What is wrong with this interviewer? She's speaking to this soldier's father and lets out a nervous laugh? and that incredulous tone in her voice when she asked "why" to his response that he would have given permission to air this piece on his son's death. The incredulous "why" is why WNYC picked up this show.

Oct. 13 2009 06:54 AM

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