Must read from NYT: Chemical Weapons more prevalent in Iraq than we were told

 
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Must read from NYT: Chemical Weapons more prevalent in Iraq than we were told

I'm only using a small bit of this article, because you ABSOLUTELY NEED TO READ the whole thing, which you can do by CLICKING HERE.

From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.

In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

These weren't just small things either.

Congress, too, was only partly informed, while troops and officers were instructed to be silent or give deceptive accounts of what they had found. “ 'Nothing of significance’ is what I was ordered to say,” said Jarrod Lampier, a recently retired Army major who was present for the largest chemical weapons discovery of the war: more than 2,400 nerve-agent rockets unearthed in 2006 at a former Republican Guard compound.

Jarrod L. Taylor, a former Army sergeant on hand for the destruction of mustard shells that burned two soldiers in his infantry company, joked of “wounds that never happened” from “that stuff that didn’t exist.” The public, he said, was misled for a decade. “I love it when I hear, ‘Oh there weren’t any chemical weapons in Iraq,’ ” he said. “There were plenty.”

 

Like I said, GO READ THE WHOLE THING.

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"The discoveries of these chemical weapons did not support the government’s invasion rationale." Perhaps not, but the left has pilloried President Bush and the Republican Party for nearly a decade with their incessant assertion that Bush lied about their being WMD's in Iraq. Contrary to all reason, and supported by the media, the left brushed aside inconvenient truths like the fact that even the U.N. prior to the invasion conceded that they would be surprised if Sadam's regime was not sitting on a stockpile of WMD's. Now we find out that they were finding WMD's all over the place and it was getting covered up. Further, the New York Times thinks it is sufficient to baldly assert that these WMD's did not support the invasion rationale. Perhaps I am too hard on the New York Times, at least they have actually devoted the ink to reporting this story and perhaps by virtue of it the soldiers injured by these chemicals can finally get the care and support they deserve. However, I don't think I am being cynical when I say I will not be surprised when the media gives this story less attention than the Ray Rice elevator beating.

I am incredulous, we were beaten over the head with this assertion for years and the NYT thinks they can wipe it away in one bald little sentence. The media thinks we are stupid and what's more, they think we have no memory. This story is no less shocking than the sequence in Orwell's 1984 when they seamlessly announce that their former enemy is now their ally and vice versa, as if that had been the state of affairs all along.

Wake up America, this story calls for far more than the DoD having to answer for the treatment of soldiers injured by these chemicals. The press must be made to answer for their complicity in allowing the left to exploit for years the false assertion that there were no WMD'S in Iraq. For gods sake this assertion and "mission accomplished" were the left's entire agenda until the economy imploded in 2007.

This Iraq fiasco can be laid at the feet of the Bush, Chaney and Rumsfeld cabal, sure they had chemical weapons, those idiots sold the weapons to them, dating back to the Iran/ Iraq war. The West also aided in the manufacture of the weapons by Iraq during that time. The nuclear program was another lie by them, all in the run up of selling that invasion of Iraq.
Now after the Bushster's invasion of Iraq, the US is left with far worse situation than Sadam, the mid-east is in disarray with Syria being probably the state to fall.

Once the whole truth comes out we need to press Congress for a full accounting to be given by the VA for 50 years of lies to veterans who were due services but denied the same. At 62 I am rapidly losing my faith in elected officials and government agencies. I am a vet but did not deploy to a theater. But I am getting angry over the way politicians, the military and the VA continue to turn their backs to men and women who need help. We asked them to serve and they did. Now they are sick, wounded, some with broken marriages, a high suicide rate, and were deployed so many times that they cannot adjust to civilian life. The military contractors get richer every day on the backs of our men and women. Perhaps it is time that they stepped up to the plate and gave back some of that money to help those that made their fortunes.

I was often amazed, amused, and not a little angered by the socialist left hiding behind their oft used and worn out judgment of G. W. Bush and the assertion of WMDs. My first question has always been, "What qualifies as mass?", followed by, "How many people should a weapon be capable of killing, and how much property should that weapon be capable of destroying in order to be qualified as 'Mass Destruction"?" My second question was, "Why are all you liberals blaming Bush? Do you have any idea of how many intelligence agencies from how many countries contributed to these reports?" It turns out that much of the information came from UN inspection teams, CIA, MI5, MI6, MI9, and French intelligence. I got to meet some of those guys when I worked collaterally with British M.O.D., and when they tell you that there are WMDs, it's generally a good idea not to argue. Then, finally, there's my third question, "If there were no WMDs, what were all those train cars moving across the Syrian border, the Jet planes buried in the sand to look like drifts, and all those stock piles that were being moved around while the UN inspectors checked other areas?'
There were WMDs. Too many people came back with mysterious illnesses sometimes known as Gulf War Syndrome from the toxic residue from crude oil and weapon residue in the sands for any rational person to believe there could be any other answer.

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.