By Fareeha Qayoom
he other day, I was watching the latest episode of “The Good Wife,” episode 9 – “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” Guess what? I just learned that Waziristan is in Afghanistan! No, No, I am not kidding. According to the show, Waziristan is actually in Afghanistan.
Yes, it’s a work of fiction and it has nothing to do with reality but they are using real names of the territory/country in question and real live situation to tell their story…
The story is about a drone attack which kills about 6 innocent children among others and the soldier (who happens to be a woman) is being court-martialed and our lead characters Will and Alicia are chosen to defend her…they go with the wrong defense and obviously lose.
According to Wall Street Journal blog, there is “a very powerful scene at the very end of the episode, where Judge Kuhn lights into Alicia for viewing Elkins as a ‘scapegoat.’ First, it’s insulting to Kuhn to bring in sexism: “You know what that says about the thousands of women who serve? We don’t want that defense.” Then, Kuhn points out, there are the victims: “The truth is there are 12 people dead, six children, because of Sgt. Elkins’ actions. You didn’t ask one word about them—children like yours, children like mine. This was a just verdict. The problem with the charge of scapegoating is it doesn’t acknowledge that at a certain point you have to hold people accountable. That is what’s happening here. That’s all.… Goodnight, Mrs Florrick.”
A suitably chastised Mrs. Florrick departs, seen from an overhead shot as she walks away.” By the way, this drone battle apparently takes place in “Waziristan, Afghanistan”!
The average American (including the blogger who wrote the above review!) probably doesn’t even know that Waziristan is actually located in Pakistan and Pakistan is not at war (officially or otherwise) with USA or Afghanistan!
Was this deliberate, an oversight or just plain lack of geographical knowledge? You decide.