Season 22, Episode 9 The Invasion of Iraq

First Aired: February 26, 2004

Recounting the invasion of Iraq---and how, says “Frontline” executive producer Michael Sullivan, it “laid the seeds” for “the very messy peace” that followed. The report examines the battle over troop levels in the Pentagon prior to the war, and how the decision to go with fewer troops---combined with shortcomings in U.S. intelligence---affected the outcome. The U.S. “had enough troops to win the war,” says Sullivan, “but not enough to win the peace.”

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  • Premise: PBS's primary public-affairs documentary series, `Frontline' focuses on one (usually timely) topic each program. Overseen since its inception by executive producer David Fanning, it has been honored regularly over the years, winning 34 DuPont-Columbia awar… (more)

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