Chemical weapons, war heads and the like, THOSE aren’t weapons of mass destruction?
About 5,000 chemical weapons were recovered or destroyed in Iraq following the 2003 invasion but the Pentagon chose to keep the findings top secret, it has emerged.
An investigation by The New York Times has revealed that U.S. forces happened across the hidden caches of warheads, shells and aviation bombs between 2004 and 2011.
But the information wasn’t made public as embarrassingly the weapons, many of which had been built in close collaboration with the West, had been sitting dormant since the 1980s and so didn’t support President George W. Bush’s rationale for going to war.
At least 17 American troops were also seriously injured discovering and attempting to destroy the deteriorating shells filled with nerve and mustard agents.
Prior to the 2003 invasion by coalition forces, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair had said the mission was ‘to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.’
But all the weapons found had been developed before 1991. Most of them were mustard agents in 155-millimeter artillery shells or 122-millimeter rockets developed by Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war which raged between 1980 and 1988.
Another reason for the cover-up, according to The Times, was that five of the six chemical weapons encounters involved weapons designed by the U.S.
”Nothing of significance’ is what I was ordered to say,’ said Jarrod Lampier, a now-retired Army major who was present when forces found 2,400 nerve agent rockets in 2006 – the largest chemical weapons discovery of the war.