Some of the most important magpies for the war in Iraq have been pundits, such as Wm. Kristol and Charles Krauthammer. This timely article by Harold Myerson addresses their role and probity for promoting war in Iraq.
"For its war in Iraq, the Bush administration relied on and beneﬁted from the cheerleading of a group of pundits and public intellectuals who, at every crucial moment, subordinated the facts on the ground to their own ideological preferences and those of their allies within the administration. They refused to hold the administration’s conduct of the war and the occupation to the ideals that they themselves professed, or simply to the standard of common sense. They abdicated their responsibilities as political intellectuals -- and, more elementally, as reliable empiricists."