Published: January 9, 2003
NEW YORK — January 9, 2003 — NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw documents the path to possible war with Iraq through the eyes of a half dozen people at the center of the crisis in a special Tom Brokaw Reports: The Road the Baghdad, to air on Sunday, January 12, 2003 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., ET. From a diplomat, to a soldier, a peace activist, and to a family bracing for attack, Brokaw talks to every day citizens swept up by the current world events, as well as the leaders who influence those events. For this hour-long documentary, Brokaw circled the globe, traveling to Iraq, Israel, to Ft. Stewart Georgia, Washington, D.C., San Diego, California and New York.
In Baghdad, Brokaw meets the Al-Rubai family, and gets a first hand look at the preparations they are making as they brace themselves for the possibility that bombs could fall on their city once again.
In Georgia, he meets Army Staff Sgt. Charles Weaver as he prepares for a long deployment to Kuwait, the primary staging ground for any war with Iraq. The report follows Weaver as he learns to protect himself from chemical weapons, and prepares his wife and two young children for the possibility that he might be called upon to fight for the first time in his 14-year career in the military.
In California Brokaw speaks with a family who fled Saddam Husseins tyranny twelve years ago, and is now pushing for war. In New York, he meets Colleen Kelly, an anti-war activist whose brother died during the September 11th attacks. And in Israel, The Road to Baghdad chronicles the story of Smadar Weinberg, a woman whose father was killed by an Iraqi scud missile attack in 1991, and is now considering leaving her homeland if it appears that war will happen again.
Finally, Brokaw interviews Secretary of State Colin Powell for an in-depth look at the events that brought us to this point, and a discussion about what comes next as the war of words and artillery continues to escalate.
For all of these people, the prospect of war is not just another headline. It is through their lives, hopes, and fears that Americans may begin to better understand what might happen if the United States finds itself at war with Iraq.
Liz Cole is the senior producer of The Road to Baghdad. Justin Balding, Rebecca Haggerty and Colleen Halpin are the producers. David Corvo is the executive producer.