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yay! NYT looking back at its own pre-Iraq coverage. It was part of the problem, hopefully it can become part of the solution.

Over the last year this newspaper has shone the bright light of hindsight on decisions that led the United States into Iraq. We have examined the failings of American and allied intelligence, especially on the issue of Iraq's weapons and possible Iraqi connections to international terrorists. We have studied the allegations of official gullibility and hype. It is past time we turned the same light on ourselves.

Part of the problem is they tried to be balanced.

Instead of saying "How dare we go to war?" they looked for good reasons to go to war.

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