1. Welcome! Please take a few seconds to create your free account to post threads, make some friends, remove a few ads while surfing and much more. ClutchFans has been bringing fans together to talk Houston Sports since 1996. Join us!

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by yaoishung7575, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. yaoishung7575

    yaoishung7575 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2014
    Messages:
    262
    Likes Received:
    9
    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/14/world/middleeast/us-casualties-of-iraq-chemical-weapons.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

    The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West.

    The New York Times found 17 American service members and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to nerve or mustard agents after 2003. American officials said that the actual tally of exposed troops was slightly higher, but that the government’s official count was classified.

    The secrecy fit a pattern. Since the outset of the war, the scale of the United States’ encounters with chemical weapons in Iraq was neither publicly shared nor widely circulated within the military. These encounters carry worrisome implications now that the Islamic State, a Qaeda splinter group, controls much of the territory where the weapons were found.

    The American government withheld word about its discoveries even from troops it sent into harm’s way and from military doctors. The government’s secrecy, victims and participants said, prevented troops in some of the war’s most dangerous jobs from receiving proper medical care and official recognition of their wounds.
     
  2. basso

    basso Contributing Member
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2002
    Messages:
    22,721
    Likes Received:
    1,231
    incorrect.

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/02/05/sprj.irq.powell.transcript.06/index.html
     
  3. yaoishung7575

    yaoishung7575 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2014
    Messages:
    262
    Likes Received:
    9

    ..........................................
    http://edition.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/10/07/bush.transcript/

    The Iraqi regime has violated all of those obligations. It possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons.

    Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons, and is increasing his capabilities to make more. And he is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear weapon

    If we know Saddam Hussein has dangerous weapons today -- and we do -- does it make any sense for the world to wait to confront him as he grows even stronger and develops even more dangerous weapons?

    the end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons, and is increasing his capabilities to make more.

    This is straight from W. Most of our government (Republicans and Democrats) along with the CIA believed that Saddam had an active program.
     
    1 person likes this.
  4. Northside Storm

    Northside Storm Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2007
    Messages:
    11,262
    Likes Received:
    450

Share This Page

  • About ClutchFans

    Since 1996, ClutchFans has been loud and proud covering the Houston Rockets, helping set an industry standard for team fan sites. The forums have been a home for Houston sports fans as well as basketball fanatics around the globe.

  • Support ClutchFans!

    If you find that ClutchFans is a valuable resource for you, please consider becoming a Supporting Member. Supporting Members can upload photos and attachments directly to their posts, customize their user title and more. Gold Supporters see zero ads!


    Upgrade Now