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U.S.A. use of ‘Agent Orange’ during Vietnam conflict!

September 5, 2013

The hypocrisy of U.S. politicians is never-ending. Washington politicians now want to start a War with Syria and the Assad administration over the horrible use of chemical weapons. Is this wise given our own history? During the Vietnam conflict the U.S.A. sprayed various chemicals on huge land areas which were viewed as enemy territory. Personally, I am a Vietnam veteran and was in the area of this spraying in 1965 as my Destroyer ship (USS Braine, DD630) was patrolling the Tonkin Gulf area. I am officially documented as within the general range where these chemicals were used. So who is innocent of using chemical weapons? It’s not the United States of America! Our history is much more dire than what we witness today in Syria! Read these snippets from Wikipedia:

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This chemical weapon was used by the USA military (1965-1971) under the Command of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Administration! The effects from these actions still linger for Vietnam veterans and those living in the area of the spraying! 

Spraying of chemical weapons occurred from 1961-1971 and personally I was in the area at the time!

Agent Orange or Herbicide Orange (HO) is one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of its chemical warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. Vietnam estimates 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of its use.[1][2] The Red Cross of Vietnam estimates that up to 1 million people are disabled or have health problems due to Agent Orange.[3] The United States government has dismissed these figures as unreliable and unrealistically high.[4][5]

During the Vietnam War, between 1962 and 1971, the United States military sprayed nearly 20,000,000 US gallons (76,000,000 l) of material containing chemical herbicides and defoliants mixed with jet fuel in Vietnam, eastern Laos and parts of Cambodia, as part of Operation Ranch Hand.[7][8] The program’s goal was to defoliate forested and rural land, depriving guerrillas of cover; another goal was to induce forced draft urbanization, destroying the ability of peasants to support themselves in the countryside, and forcing them to flee to the U.S. dominated cities, thus depriving the guerrillas of their rural support and food supply.[8][9]

United States Air Force records show that at least 6,542 spraying missions took place over the course of Operation Ranch Hand.[11] By 1971, 12 percent of the total area of South Vietnam had been sprayed with defoliating chemicals, at an average concentration of 13 times the recommended USDA application rate for domestic use.[12] In South Vietnam alone, an estimated 10 million hectares (25 million acres, 39,000 square miles) of agricultural land was ultimately destroyed.[13] In some areas, TCDD concentrations in soil and water were hundreds of times greater than the levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.[14][15] Overall, more than 20% of South Vietnam’s forests were sprayed at least once over a nine-year period.[9]

The hypocrisy of our politicians is revealed by the above facts of history. Is there a deeper reason for this planned War with the Assad Regime? Many think there is and on this issue Putin of Russia seems quite logical and reasonable. He says the following:  Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the US and its allies against taking one-sided action in Syria. He said any military strikes without UN approval would be “an aggression”. According to Putin the USA has no legal standing for this action against the regime of Syria. Personally, I AGREE! I am:  https://kingdomecon.wordpress.com

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