Note – see the recent A Challenge to Dave and my reply.
The Pentagon was recently forced to admit – after denying – that it had used White Phosphoros (WP) as a weapon in Iraq. So the right-wing defense changed from “we didn’t do it” to “it’s not a chemical weapon.” (See here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and how many more?)
It turns out that when convenient the Pentagon does describe WP as a chemical weapon.
A formerly classified 1995 Pentagon intelligence document titled “Possible Use of Phosphorous Chemical” describes the use of white phosphorus by Saddam Hussein on Kurdish fighters:
IRAQ HAS POSSIBLY EMPLOYED PHOSPHOROUS CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST THE KURDISH POPULATION IN AREAS ALONG THE IRAQI-TURKISH-IRANIAN BORDERS. […]
In other words, the Pentagon does refer to white phosphorus rounds as chemical weapons — at least if they’re used by our enemies.
Go to Think Progress for the links and the rest.
Update – More at The Reaction.