The secret story of decaying Iraqi chemical weapons that injured countless U.S. troops was uncovered by a group of three veterans, and that's an important distinction, according to Alex Horton in a new piece for the Atlantic. New York Times correspondent C.J. Chivers, who was a captain in the Marines, worked with John Ismay, a former Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, to investigate stories of service-members with injuries related to chemical exposure. Mac Bishop, who served as an infantryman in the Marines, acted as a videographer, helping to document their findings.
The trio discovered damning evidence that indicated the military had kept secret injuries relating to the disposal of decaying stockpiles of Iraq’s chemical weapons from the Iran-Iraq war era. They credit their military background as a major factor in getting those affected to come forward. Being a veteran helped to get people to speak with us candidly], and ask people to come forward, where there is a lot of disincentive for them to trust us with their stories,” Chivers explains. “I have found time and again that veterans talk to me because I was a Marine.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.