Several days have passed since the New York Times reported on the abundance of chemical weapons that were found in Iraq between 2004 and 2011. So far, it appears to have been a non-event. Sure, the televised news networks had taken to the story, but by now they’ve already lost interest. Ten years ago, if you would have told me that we would find WMD’s in Iraq, but the public would shrug their shoulders at the news, I would have laughed in your face.
The alternative media seems to be particularly uninterested. Most of the websites I read on a daily basis haven’t made a single mention of this development, though they probably have a good reason not to. The New York Times article revealed what many of us had known for years. The WMDs had “MADE IN AMERICA” written all over them, so to speak.
Then, during the long occupation, American troops began encountering old chemical munitions in hidden caches and roadside bombs. Typically 155-millimeter artillery shells or 122-millimeter rockets, they were remnants of an arms program Iraq had rushed into production in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war.
All had been manufactured before 1991, participants said. Filthy, rusty or corroded, a large fraction of them could not be readily identified as chemical weapons at all. Some were empty, though many of them still contained potent mustard agent or residual sarin. Most could not have been used as designed, and when they ruptured dispersed the chemical agents over a limited area, according to those who collected the majority of them…
…Participants in the chemical weapons discoveries said the United States suppressed knowledge of finds for multiple reasons, including that the government bristled at further acknowledgment it had been wrong. “They needed something to say that after Sept. 11 Saddam used chemical rounds,” Mr. Lampier said. “And all of this was from the pre-1991 era.”
Others pointed to another embarrassment. In five of six incidents in which troops were wounded by chemical agents, the munitions appeared to have been designed in the United States, manufactured in Europe and filled in chemical agent production lines built in Iraq by Western companies.
So not only was the knowledge of these weapons ignored, but suppressed as well. In fact, many soldiers were injured by these weapons when they went to dispose of them. They usually had no knowledge of the chemical contents within the shells, and were exposed to mustard and sarin gas.
And that story seems to be more important than the weapons themselves. Who cares if they found WMDs in Iraq? We were the ones who built the damn things. The real story is how we let our soldiers get gassed while they were disposing of these munitions. As usual, the government’s flag waiving “support your troops” rhetoric falls on its face. They could care less about the grunts in our armed forces.
In addition, many of these munitions were used by the insurgents to build their roadside bombs. Which begs the question, where are these chemical weapons now? Surely, if they weren’t going to make their existence public, they wouldn’t have any problem destroying them.
Nonetheless, several participants said the United States lost track of chemical weapons that its troops found, left large caches unsecured, and did not warn people — Iraqis and foreign troops alike — as it hastily exploded chemical ordnance in the open air.
Ok. So where are they are now? According to The Guardian:
The Islamic State extremist group (Isis) has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility north-west of Baghdad, where 2,500 degraded chemical rockets filled decades ago with deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents, Iraq has said in a letter circulated at the United Nations.
That’s the real story here. Our government dragged us into a war, only to find weapons they made, put our soldiers in harms way to get rid some of them, ignored the ones they didn’t destroy, and then covered it all up. Now those remaining weapons are in the hands of those lunatics with ISIS. Does the wickedness and stupidity of our government, know any bounds?
Moreover, the documents cited for the New York Times article were “heavily redacted”. They managed to deliver this bombshell to the American public, despite the government’s best efforts to cover it up. This leaves us with one final question.
What is the government still hiding from us?
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