The War on Our Troops


Before and After

Army tours of duty have already been extended from 12 to 15 months, and they may be extended again

Gulf War vets’ children have higher birth defect rates (USA Today)

EXCERPT “The researchers said they did not have enough information to link the birth defects to possible exposures to poisonous gases, pesticides and other toxic substances, which many Gulf War veterans suspect are culprits of their mysterious illnesses and their children’s health problems. They also did not have access to parents’ family histories and job exposures.” See also, Depleted Uranium (youtube)

Government struggles to care for wounded GI’s (AP via Raw Story)

EXCERPT: “More than 800 of them have lost an arm, a leg, fingers or toes. More than 100 are blind. Dozens need tubes and machines to keep them alive. Hundreds are disfigured by burns, and thousands have brain injuries and mangled minds. These are America’s war wounded, a toll that has received less attention than the 3,500 troops killed in Iraq. Depending on how you count them, they number between 35,000 and 53,000.”

UK pilots asked to consider kamikaze scenario (Khaleej Times, Dubai, UAE)

Nature of the Beast: Interview with a US contractor in Iraq (MParent blog)

Lt. Commander with 19 years of military service jailed for upholding the Geneva Conventions in Guantanamo Bay (CourageToResist.org)

American security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians (Common Dreams)

Pentagon cheats Iraq vets out of medical care (Scoop, New Zealand)

Sourcewatch’s excellent wiki entry on “PMC’s” – Private Military Corporations

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