Seven Years in Iraq, Is US Intelligence Getting it Right?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Today marks seven years since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. In 2005, two years after U.S. and allied forces entered Iraq a U.S. presidential commission said intelligence that Iraq had WMD's was "dead wrong." The report also cast doubts on the integrity of U.S. intelligence on Iran, North Korea, China and Russia. Seven years later, we're taking a look at how the intelligence community responded and asking what changes they've made in the wake of this massive failure.

We hear from Michael Iskoff, investigative correspondent for Newsweek Magazine, who gives us an overview of how faulty intelligence got us into Iraq and whether we can make the same mistakes in Iran.


Michael Isikoff

Produced by:

Noel King

Comments [9]

Callan Montgomery from Denver, CO

As someone who has been to Iraq three times, one can never "get used" to war.

Also, did anyone think to ask the Iraqis if they are "used to" war?

Mar. 19 2010 11:03 AM
Michael McCarthy from Port Huron

Only for Military Industrial Complex contractors has the war in Iraq been a good thing. The rest of us wear it like a millstone around our necks. This is how I feel. And this is the experience of all Americans to some degree as we sink down into economic and spiritual depression. Lets not get used to it. This is an unjust war. It met none of the seven criteria to make a war just. In this time of Lenten repentence, we should call the world to a new standard-- be the first country to admit an unjust war, disengage from Iraq, make reparations, and declare this day Mar 19th, Unjust War Remembrance Day.

Mar. 19 2010 10:00 AM

Einstein said:

"Man has not evolved beyond the predatory stage of development" which is apparent from the continuous wars that we have experienced in our lives.

Einstein also said:

"Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."

Pythagoras, the mathemetian said:

"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."

Thomas Edison said:

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."

Tolstoy said:

"As long as we have slaughter houses, we will have battlefields:

So my belief is that peace begins in the kitchen and until we change our diets to a plant based one, our health, our environment, our wars will continue to spiral downwards until an ultimate self destruction........

Mar. 19 2010 09:36 AM
Peter C from Brooklyn, NY

Celeste, please stop calling this a "war". This was an invasion. Even the blurb at the top of this page makes that distinction.

Mar. 19 2010 09:31 AM
Pam from Boston

There is no being used to war. I do not accept, nor do I condone it.

Mar. 19 2010 09:29 AM
Jonathon from Detroit, MI

Of course we're at war. We all stand United under the flag of war. Besides baseball, it's practically America's favorite past time. Doesn't it just make you feel all warm & fuzzy inside?

Mar. 19 2010 08:21 AM
Chris Weagel from Detroit

The invasion was a war crime from the start. The administration knew it was a crime, the propagandists in the American press knew it was a war crime and the world knows it was a crime.

Mar. 19 2010 08:16 AM
steve from NY, NY

Please stop repeating a false history of the Iraq war.

Before the invasion the inspectors had gone back in already, for months, and gone everywhere the U.S. intelligence told to go and found nothing. The Bush adminstration knew there were no WMDs before they invaded. And so did everybody who was paying attention and not lying to themselves and U.S. Public.

Mar. 19 2010 08:14 AM
Kyle from Brooklyn, NY

We're at war? The government sure does a great job at hiding that...

Mar. 19 2010 07:29 AM

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