It may be a day late, but I suppose late is better than never. Just published on Spellchek yesterday was an expose illustrating the ties the U.S. government has to the Iraqi chemical weapons programs of the 1980’s – https://spellchek.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/isis-check-wmd-check-innocent-people-dying-in-iraq-check-byita-huh-read-on/.
Later the same day, the N.Y. Times published this story drawing the same conclusion – http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/14/world/middleeast/us-casualties-of-iraq-chemical-weapons.html?_r=0.
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.
Now the company line is that the U.S. supplied chemical weapon resources under the pretext of being dual-use(meaning legitimate research programs) and therefore no violations of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention occurred.
Isn’t that refreshing? You didn’t hear any of that when the debate during the run-up to the second Gulf War concerned Iraq’s possession of WMD’s. Bush claimed to be relying upon intelligence reports. I would say that designed in America and built through some good old fashioned crony-corporatism qualifies as having firsthand knowledge, no intelligence reports necessary.
The Times article only goes on to refer to the U.S.-Iraqi WMD program as one of “western roots”. Apparently they can’t bring themselves to connect the dots to the obvious conclusion that the U.S. is unequivocally complicit in the design and construction of the weapons program. The collateral damage injuries the Times story reports on are blood on the hands of the U.S. government. And it isn’t over yet as some of those weapons still remain including those transferred to Syria.
Glad to see you’ve joined the party, N.Y. Times.