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 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.

Wanna read a real doozy? (via erikonymous)

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.”

The U.S. is the real Evil Empire.

(via awildheaven)

Amazing that the powers-that-be could lie, mislead, and cover up twice about chemical weapons (separate incidents, separate implications) in the same country, relating to the same war. Only America.

Theodore Roosevelt used to say: “If you want peace prepare for war.”
So everybody prepared for war but war preparations did not bring peace; they brought war.
Since war preparations brought war, why not quit preparing for war.
If nations preparing for peace instead of preparing for war, they might have peace.
Aristide Briand used to say: “The best kind of disarmament is the disarmament of the heart.”
The disarmament of Germany by the Allies was not the product of a change of heart on the part of the Allies toward Germany.

Peter Maurin

I really despise when unthinking pundit-wannabes say “if you want peace prepare for war”