Frontline’s latest: “nothing but bad news”

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“For abject gloominess, it would be hard to top “The War Briefing,” Frontline‘s deeply reported look at the war in Afghanistan and the insurgency targeting Pakistan,” writes Tony Perry in a Los Angeles Times review. The doc “finds nothing but bad news for the U.S. and NATO effort — not enough Western troops, weak central governments in Kabul and Islamabad, and an enemy funded by heroin profits and increasing in size and lethality. … The major thesis is not new — that the U.S. didn’t follow through after the quick knockdown of the Taliban following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But Frontline has the facts and the on-the-ground feeling to make it stick.”