Over at Altercation, scroll down to “Correspondence Corner.”
A March ’05 publication by the US Army confirms that US soldiers used white phosphorus offensively in the Battle of Fallujah. This directly contradicts statements made by the U.S. Department of Defense and by the US State Department.
Here is the story [PDF file] on artillery use from the March/April edition of the US Army’s “Field Artillery Magazine.”
. . . “WP proved to be an effective and versatile munition. We used it for screening missions at two breeches and, later in the fight, as a potent psychological weapon against the insurgents in trench lines and spider holes when we could not get effects on them with HE. We fired ‘shake and bake’ missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them out.”
What the article does not say, however, is that there is no way you can use white phosphorus like that without forming a deadly chemical cloud that kills everything within a tenth of a mile in all directions from where it hits. Obviously, the effect of such deadly clouds weren’t just psychological in nature.
This claim of “shake and bake” is further confirmed in a news article by an embedded journalist at the time. See here
Go to Altercation for the rest. (Note that this story is about Marines, not Army.)
I’ve talked with grunts who were there. Fallujah was full of stuff right out of Saving Private Ryan. It was straight up war. Dirty, nasty, knife-in-the-throat urban combat. Did “tens” of people really die from exposure to white phosophorous smoke? Maybe. And you know what? That is sad, and tragic if they weren’t combatants. But you know what else? Either way, it wasn’t a war crime.
It was just plain war.
Right Wing Fascist, The Left Tries to Make the Chemical Weapons Claim,
Does it surprise you? Just remember, as the ratio of liberal bloggers reporting the story approaches 1, the probability of the story being true either factual or true approaches 0.
The latest story floated out to the ever-willing mainstream media by the “anti-war” crowd is that the US military used “chemical weapons” in Fallujah; Scott Burgess has a report that casts serious doubt on this claim: Ablution Exclusive: Weapons Expert Challenges White Phosphorus Claims.
protein wisdom, Weapons-grade Bullshit,
… is not a chemical weapon
Update – Please note the rebuttal comment from Confederate Yankee in the comments.