November 15, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
News Flash: Pentagon Used White Phosphorous in Iraq,
Pentagon officials acknowledged Tuesday that U.S. troops used white phosphorous as a weapon against insurgent strongholds during the battle of Fallujah last November. But they denied an Italian television news report that the spontaneously flammable material was used against civilians.As for previous government statements,
Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman, said that while white phosphorous is most frequently used to mark targets or obscure a position, it was used at times in Fallujah as an incendiary weapon against enemy combatants.
The State Department, in response, initially denied that U.S. troops had used white phosphorous against enemy forces. "They were fired into the air to illuminate enemy positions at night, not at enemy fighters."
The department later said its statement had been incorrect.
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That is why when it comes to military matters, we should all listen to the Pentagon, not State.
I don't think it was ever in doubt that WP was used. It is standard in the inventory of every NATO and former Warsaw Pact country I can think of, and it has been for 60+ years and is very, very useful stuff. The Brits started using (quite hazardously) in WWI. Makes an interesting read, if you want to research it.
White phosphorus it is decidedly not a "chemical weapon" by any standard. It does not create a gas as some unqualified sources have claimed, and it was not used upon civilians.
The bodies in the Italian video did not have wounds that appeared to be consistent with WP exposure. In fact, most of the bodies seemed to be severely decomposed, not burned at all. But don't take my word for it, ask the maggots clearly crawling on the bodies.
WP, according to U.S. Army doctrine, is used as a screening agent, and against enemy equipment, and in the battle of Fallujah, was used as a "potent psychological weapon."
If you read the article, the WP was used to flush the terrorists out.
They know that WP is used for screening attacks, and when it came down around them and they couldn't see, they were scared they were about to be overrun. They panicked, ran and we killed them with high explosive shells. Not chemical warfare, just smart warfare that saved American soldiers form having to root out the insurgents in trench combat.
What do you know: white phosphorus saves lives.
Posted by: Confederate Yankee at November 15, 2005 4:07 PM
I'd love to see you clowns try that bullshit at The Hague. Too bad they don't hang war criminals anymore. Too damn bad.
What convention or treaty would the Hague base it's case upon?
Posted by: RTO Trainer at November 15, 2005 5:41 PM
You might read this.
1. Foremost, we can't be bound to a treaty we didn't sign.
2. We didn't violate it's provisions anyway.
Posted by: RTO Trainer at November 16, 2005 9:53 PM
Re 1. Yeah, ain't it grand. It was a fantasy anyway. Your sort never (well, almost never) end up in the dock where you belong.
Re 2. Bullshit. And you know it.
Posted by: Anonymous at November 16, 2005 10:31 PM
If I know it, what facts am I ignoring htat indicate otherwise?
Posted by: RTO Trainer at November 18, 2005 4:47 PM
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