By saying I think the Pentagon papers are valid, there's a reason. Passing along forged papers purported as being from the Pentagon is a huge no-no, and not one any media person would perpetrate, since the backlash would be massive, and not just from conservatives. That being said, not everything that comes out of the Pentagon, or any governmental office, is necessarily true, factual, or correct. And I'm not 'show-me-the-money' when it happens to suit my political stance. I'm that way almost all the time.
Not all major media outlets are 'pro-war' or 'anti-war', nor should they be. Their primary role is to present news, facts, stories, and opinions. And opinions of persons featured should never set the perception of that particular news agency. It does though, since viewers are human, the weakest link in humanity. I watch Fox News, to the chagrin of my SO. Not because I agree with everything they say, I don't. Not because they are conservative or liberal, they ain't. But because I trust them to tell it like it is, and know they will piss off the maximum amount of people on both sides with the least amount of effort. By today's standards, that's about as balanced as you can get with news. In fact, there are some guests, anchors, and hosts that I really can't tolerate and either mute at the first opportunity, change the channel until their slot is over, or simply turn the idiot box off for a while.
I do agree with you regarding Iran in my more cynical moments. Which countries surround Iran? Of those, how many are 'friendly' to the US? By the by, some of the nations who have volunteered troops to the war on terror might surprise you, or not, depending on how jaundiced your view is: Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Personally and honestly, I feel what we did was right. Like it or not, the US was the muscle to the UN's resolutions, since the other primary countries of the UN who passed those resolutions, when it came down to brass tacks, were a bit hesitant to physically confront Iraq due to military dealings with...Iraq. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that reasoning. Come to think of it, the US has always been the muscle for the UN, yet the UN has always deflected blame for screwups. In those instances, it's all the US's fault, never the UN, though the UN was the world body who sent troops, predominantly US, into the fiasco in the first place, from Korea through Somolia. Would you call the first democratically elected Iraqi government in 50 years a bad thing? If so, there's really only one alternative. Like it or not, some things really are black and white. Not gray, which is white what got grubby.