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    The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...pons.html?_r=0


    The soldiers at the blast crater sensed something was wrong.
    FROM 2004 TO 2011, AMERICAN AND IRAQI TROOPS REPEATEDLY ENCOUNTERED, AND AT TIMES WERE WOUNDED BY, CHEMICAL WEAPONS THAT WERE HIDDEN OR ABANDONED YEARS EARLIER.
    It was August 2008 near Taji, Iraq. They had just exploded a stack of old Iraqi artillery shells buried beside a murky lake. The blast, part of an effort to destroy munitions that could be used in makeshift bombs, uncovered more shells.
    Two technicians assigned to dispose of munitions stepped into the hole. Lake water seeped in. One of them, Specialist Andrew T. Goldman, noticed a pungent odor, something, he said, he had never smelled before.
    He lifted a shell. Oily paste oozed from a crack. “That doesn’t look like pond water,” said his team leader, Staff Sgt. Eric J. Duling.
    The specialist swabbed the shell with chemical detection paper. It turned red — indicating sulfur mustard, the chemical warfare agent designed to burn a victim’s airway, skin and eyes.
    All three men recall an awkward pause. Then Sergeant Duling gave an order: “Get the hell out.”
    What is a chemical weapon? Anybody want to guess?
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    Re: The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

    I read this earlier today, most concerning were the "disincentives" to report these wmd's.

    Its ironic that the same weapons that were dismissed by the left in the Iraq war were the deciding factor for Obama to go into Syria.

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    Re: The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    I read this earlier today, most concerning were the "disincentives" to report these wmd's.

    Its ironic that the same weapons that were dismissed by the left in the Iraq war were the deciding factor for Obama to go into Syria.
    What WMDs? What are you talking about? Bush lied and people died! What WMDs?
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    Re: The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    What WMDs? What are you talking about? Bush lied and people died! What WMDs?
    Exactly. As Ive said before, history has vindicated Bush, I dont think it will be kind to Obama.

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    Re: The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

    This will get suppressed. Then left will ignore it and keep telling the same old lie about bush. The media will cheer the way

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    Re: The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

    The lack of conversation on this thread is completely expected.
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    Re: The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

    Do we really need about 5 threads on this subject, so right wing neocons can try to feel good about themselves?


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