Given recent events, it's important for the NYT to themselves to a higher standard. Enter John Burns.
The 300 mass graves discovered since the 2003 invasion, many Sunnis say, are an American invention or the work of Shiite or Iranian bloodletters; the chemical weapons attacks that killed 150,000 Kurds, the work of the Iranian ayatollahs; the paralyzing fear among Iraqis under Mr. Hussein, a figment of Westerners' biased imaginations.
Did chemical weapons attacks kill 150,000 Kurds? Unambiguously, No.
I'm willing to concede that the Times is a big newspaper, and Baghdad is undoubtedly a distracting location to report from. But this is the kind of reporting that got us into Iraq in the first place, and it needs to stop.