U.S. military admits major war mistakes

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An internal report prepared by the Joint Staff describes failures of leadership and planning in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

False premise for going to war

By The Center for Public Integrity

The premise that Iraq had biological and chemical weapons and links to Al Qaeda proved untrue

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… nce failure on Iraq. …"

"… tinuing ties to terrorist groups, and there are Al Qaeda terrorists inside Iraq." Just over a year after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, …"

"… ional weapons and terrorism — to win public approval for going to war in Iraq. But the premises proved to be false. The chief U.S. weapons inspector in …"

"… . But the premises proved to be false. The chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq concluded that President Saddam Hussein had no such weapons or the means t …"

Failure to secure weapons in Iraq

By The Center for Public Integrity

Looting of poorly protected weapons depots in Iraq helped arm Iraqi insurgents

Pentagon office’s misleading intelligence

By The Center for Public Integrity

Department of Defense used information not supported by other intelligence groups to justify war in Iraq

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Intelligence Agency":

"… d.” W. Patrick Lang, the former chief of Middle East intelligence at the Defense Intelligence Agency, told investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh, “The Pentagon has bande …"

Evaluating Congress

By Aaron Mehta

Members of Congress were far less likely than the Bush administration to spread false statements about the need for war in Iraq, according t

False pretenses

By Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith

Following 9/11, President Bush and seven top officials of his administration waged a campaign of misinformation on the threat from Iraq

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… retary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally …"

"… in years, as the intelligence community had deemed it unnecessary and the White House hadn't requested it. In July 2002, Rumsfeld had a one-word answer for rep …"

"… investigation, for example, into what exactly was going on inside the Bush White House in that period. Congressional oversight has focused almost entirely on the …"

Methodology

By The Center for Public Integrity

A look inside the Center's reporting process for Iraq: The War Card

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Buzenberg":

"… College of William and Mary in 1995. For the Center for Public Integrity Bill Buzenberg, the executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, has been a jou …"