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

Failure to secure weapons in Iraq

By The Center for Public Integrity

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Robert Gates":

"… espond to a request for comment, but at a 2007 briefing, Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged the scope of the problem. “We have destroyed several hundre …"

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 "Central Intelligence Agency":

"… t found not only that the work of other intelligence agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency, was ignored, but also suggested that the Office of Special Plans shaped i …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… e Bush administration to spread false statements about the need for war in Iraq, according to a new study. The study comes on the heels of the Center’s …"

"… , according to a new study. The study comes on the heels of the Center’s Iraq: The War Card project, which earlier this year documented the administrati …"

"… e new study, part of Lance Hampton’s dissertation Justifications for the Iraq War: An Analysis of the Government’s Public Case for War, 2001 to 2003 f …"

"… war.The study looked at nine arguments that were used in favor of invading Iraq. In each case, the executive was at least one and a half times more likely …"

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 "media coverage":

"… fied by thousands of news stories and broadcasts — was massive, with the media coverage creating an almost impenetrable din for several critical months in the run …"

"… and uncritical. These mea culpas notwithstanding, much of the wall-to-wall media coverage provided additional, "independent" validation of the Bush administration's …"

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 "chemical":

"… on, possible possession, or efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons). In addition, any use of the verb "disarm …"