Weapons of Mass Destruction
Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction by the U.S.
As U.S. citizens, we often think of ourselves as belonging to a high-road nation, one dedicated to “doing the right thing,” whatever that might be. Additionally, while one might think that global superpower status should also denote a degree of “high road” morality, particularly because we are “citizens of the United States of America” and that we are looking out for and guarding against the Saddam Husseins of the world, this is simply not true.
Reality, however, is not quite as simplistic. In looking at weapon systems that can be easily classified as weapons of mass destruction and at our country’s position on the manufacture and use of these weapons, it becomes quite apparent that, no matter which political party is “in charge” in Washington, the manufacture, sale and even the use of these weapons is heavily protected by the powers that be in our government. Eisenhower’s famous lines about the military-industrial complex in his farewell address have proven to be very true. And General Smedley D. Butler’s 20-20 hindsight from 1935 (War is a Racket) observations about U.S. wars in which he had participated as being for economic reasons, not ideologies, have apparently not changed since his time.
So, what are these so-called Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)?
The links below will aopen PDF files you can download to read at your convenience. Note the commonality with other topics on this website. In addition, please realize that in joining the military you typically have little choice in what career field you’d be placed in, whether it is conventional munitions or dealing with a field on the fringes of morality and international legality. Notice in your contract that “the needs of the government” come first. Hence your desires are typically a distant last. We have also published these documents and more as blog posts in the category below.
- Nuclear WMD
- Depleted Uranium (PDF file, 166 K)
- Biological Weapons (PDF file, 7.8 M)
- Chemical Warfare, i.e., Poison Gas (PDF file, 117 K)
- Land Mines and Cluster bombs (PDF file, 180K)
- Napalm Bombs and Flame Throwers (PDF file, 178 K)
- The Smart Weapons Fallacy (PDF file, 98 K)
- White Phosphorus Munitions (PDF file, 118 K)
- Agent Orange (PDF file, 198 K)
- Lazy Dog Projectiles (PDF file, 206 K)
Since 1950, there have been 32 nuclear weapon accidents, known as Broken Arrows. To date, six nuclear weapons have been lost and never recovered.read more
Nearly 50 years after a US air force B-52 bomber carrying nuclear weapons crashed in Palomares in south-east Spain,
Washington has finally agreed to clean up the radioactive contamination that resulted from the crash.
The bomb that nearly exploded over North Carolina was 260 times more powerful than the device which devasted Hiroshima in 1945.read more
On Jan. 21, 1968, an American B-52G Stratofortress bomber, carrying four nuclear bombs, crashed onto the sea ice of Wolstenholme Fjord in the northwest corner of Greenland, one of the coldest places on Earth. Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and the Danes were not pleased.read more
At present, about half of the valid claimants have died waiting for their compensation. Congress shows no inclination to replenish the empty fund, so it’s unlikely the remaining survivors will ever see their money.read more
US jets strike Syrian town with banned white phosphorus bombs – Russian Defense Ministry Published time: 9 Sep, 2018 17:06, Edited: 10 Sep, 2018 https://www.rt.com/news/438008-us-strikes-syria-white-phosphorus/ FILE PHOTO. © Scott Nelson / Getty Images Two US jets...read more
The Soldier’s Tale: “There are always young men and women ardent for glory, seduced by the power to inflict violence and naive enough to die for the merchants of death.” REPOSTread more
“There’s no such thing as a smart bomb.” Repost of a December 2017 article by Patrick Cockburn / CounterPunchread more
“The assaults on Fallujah by the United States military in April and November 2004 involved the use of white phosphorus. White phosphorus has extremely damaging effects on the health of victims, including severe burns and irritation of the respiratory system. [This analysis concludes that] the use of white phosphorus was illegal (per Chemical Weapons Convention, Protocol III to the Convention on Conventional Weapons and international humanitarian law) as it could be argued to be a chemical weapon, a riot control agent, or incendiary weapon…”read more
The U.S. accounts for more than 40 percent of the planet’s military spending and has more than 5,500 strategic nuclear weapons, enough to blow the world up 5 to 50 times over. Risks include the ego-driven childish exchanges between president tRump & Kim Jong-un of N. Korea and nuclear maintenance errors detonating a weaponread more
Napalm is a mixture of petrol and a chemical thickener which produces a tough sticky gel that attaches itself to the skin. The igniting agent, white phosphorus, continues burning for a considerable amount of time. A reported three quarters of all napalm victims in Vietnam were burned through to the muscle and bone (fifth degree burns). The pain caused by the burning is so traumatic that it often causes death.read more
Depleted Uranium is a long-term life-threatening nuclear weapon that the U.S. currently uses. It meets the definition of weapon of mass destruction in two of three categories under U.S. Federal Code. Birth defect effects in Kosovo and Iraq from DU are rapidly becoming known.read more
Despite numerous efforts to reduce or eliminate them, some nations continue to research and/or stockpile chemical warfare agents. A summary of the nations that have either declared weapon stockpiles or are suspected of secretly stockpiling or possessing CW research programs include United States and Russia…read more
The Vietnamese who were exposed to the chemical have suffered from cancer, liver damage, pulmonary and heart diseases, defects to reproductive capacity, and skin and nervous disorders. Children and grandchildren of those exposed have severe physical deformities, mental and physical disabilities, diseases, and shortened life spans. Forests and jungles in large parts of southern Vietnam have been devastated and denuded. If they grow back, it will take 50 to 200 years to regenerate. Animals that inhabited the forests and jungles have become extinct. The rivers and underground water in some areas have been contaminated. Erosion and desertification will change the environment, contributing to the warming of the planet and dislocation of crop and animal life.read more
Phosphorous Projectiles I remember WWII film clips where anti-aircraft batteries lit up the sky with their phosphorous tracers and machine gunners fired streams of phosphorous bullets, typically every third one being a tracer. Both situations helped the gunner see how...read more
My guess is that the CEP (circular area of probability) of lazy dog projectiles will be improved over that of simple ballistic drops with fin steering devices in the near future so that this, too, is a lethal mass destruction capability more destructive than when it was used in ‘Nam.read more
This is a lengthy pdf file about America’s Bio-Weapons you can read online or download to read offline.read more
Cluster Bombs Cluster bombs are designed as anti-personnel, anti-armor weapons, but the primary victims have been innocent civilians. More than 98% of known cluster bomb victims are civilians and 40% are children, who are drawn to the small, toy-like metal objects....read more
Land Mines "No, no, don’t look at the sky, they cannot do you any harm from above anymore. Lower your head because the danger is in your mother earth. If you have survived the war, try to survive the peace!” - Melisa Dzanovic in Bosnia Herzegovina Facts On Land Mines...read more
A Near Miss - And How Many More Unreported? Date: Early '60s Place: An Air Force Base nuclear weapons maintenance facility on an island in the Caribbean Author: Don Chapin, Capt., USAF, ret'd Introduction At this time, long after the cold war has ended, we are now...read more