Best Defense

A surprisingly good war film set in Kabul

The other night my wife and I and some neighbors went to see Tina Fey’s 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,' about a war correspondent in Afghanistan.

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The other night my wife and I and some neighbors went to see Tina Fey’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” about a war correspondent in Afghanistan. I went skeptical — Fey has some Sarandon-like tendencies — but came away impressed. Having lived in Kabul as a teenager, and having done a little reporting there in 2003 and 2005, I was surprised at how well it captured the feeling of the city as well as the feeling of war reporters in a long, small war. Especially for a film made in New Mexico.

One thing I especially liked is that the most thoughtful character in the story was an Afghan interpreter/fixer. I have seen that happen in several countries — Honduras, Bosnia, and Iraq.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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