Hunter, in an effort to prove true my comment that some of these folks can not be parodied, writes another post about White Phosphorus, AKA the ‘munition formerly known as a chemical weapon.’ More accurately, he is flailing away at me and others, claiming our entire collective response is, in reaction to the scurrilous charges leveled by DKos and others that our troops indiscriminately used ‘chemical weapons’ to massacre innocent civilians, the following:
Actually, I am only given credit for the ‘shut up’ portion of the mischaracterizations of the listed positions, the others being attributed to other folks who helped to refute the ridiculous contentions that our troops were committing war crimes in Iraq.
Yesterday, the main point of contention on the right was that the United States would never do such a thing as to use WP as an antipersonnel weapon, or use it in a city, despite its apparent harmlessness. Now it’s quite clear we do and did, and so everybody’s dropping that point and merely talking about how harmless the substance is, other than (according to right-wing sites) being able to burn through steel, causing severe “chemical burns” — Protein Wisdom’s quote, not mine — on both clothes and flesh, and persistently reigniting upon exposure to oxygen. Yeah, except for that, it’s peachy. And we don’t fire it at targets, except for the documented cases where we do.
Actually, I have contended from the beginning that we not only are such coarsened war criminals that we carry the munition openly in our inventories, but that we actually use it. Not only that, contra what Hunter’s ideological brethren and his cohort in the Italian media assert, it is not a chemical weapon, it is not illegal, and, get this, it is an extremely effective weapon that the military has used for decades, and in a number of situations for a number of different purposes.
But hey- let’s give Hunter his due- he is against ‘melting the skin off of children.’ As is everyone I know on my side of this ‘debate,’ to include the thousands of men and women overseas who continue to use the munition to best attack their enemies and defend themselves, often choosing to use WP to limit casualties rather than using more powerful and less controllable rounds.
Before moving on, let’s deal with one thing- while Hunter and company are operating with the a priori assumption that WP was in fact used indiscriminately and caused the untimely death of the people whose corpses were displayed by the Italian media, there is no evidence to those assertions. No autopsies are public, no reliable records, no examination by forensic efforts, nothing- just the word of the media crew, some anti-war activists, and a former soldier whose difficulty with the truth is rather well chronicled. And that is really it.
At any rate, I bravely will submit to Hunter that I too recognize our nation’s policy of not melting the skin off of children, and will continue to work to make sure our troops can best defend themselves with the weapons they have while not resorting to such barbarous acts. I won’t, however, sit and pretend that there is some clean, sterile way that will automatically insure that no civilian casualities are inflicted. I will leave it to all these newfound brilliant military strategists and munitions experts to explain to our folks overseas that they are no longer allowed to use weapons that have not been approved by Hunter, the Italian media, and the brain trust at Pandagon, even if they are legal, within our current arsenal, doctrinally sound, and utilized with every effort to minimize collateral damage.
Hopefully, Hunter and his crack staff will manage to put together a map of Iraq that will clearly dictate where and how certain weapons are used by our troops, so we can avoid their being labeled ‘war criminals’ or on the same moral plane as Saddam Hussein’s vulgar Ba’athist murderers.
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Make sure you check out this Michael Moynihan post, “RAI Documentary: Editing, the Michael Moore Way.” Michael is the individual previously described as the ‘liiiberal’ commentator above. At any rate, A little preview of what is seen in this documentary that is being used as definitive proof of American atrocities:
As the credits roll in Fallujah: The Forgotten Massacre (discussed below), and the morose “aren’t the Americans evil” music is piped in, the viewer is faced with a horrifying scene: a group of Iraqis, cowering under scant cover, brutally mowed down by Apache helicopter fire. It is, of course, presumed that the targets are innocents; further victims of the “forgotten massacre,” one presumes. And shorn of context, we can forgive the credulous Umbrian housewife for thinking the American military an organization made up entirely of sadists. But, of course, the entire clip tells a rather different story.
What RAI skillfully omits from its documentary (the full clip can be downloaded here) is the motivation for engagement (man with RPG, other planting roadside bomb) and the careful deliberation of the pilot, his gunman and the commander on the ground (at least, I presume those are the voices we are hearing)…
And so another jihadist meets an ignominious end, the Italian public—and countless European and American downloaders—are rooked into believing they have witnessed a “massacre”, and the propaganda cycle moves on.
It would be shocking if it weren’t so typical.