Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Urges House to “Act on Syria”

The military-industrial complex’s very own news channel, The Pentagon Channel, is 100% aboard the ‘Bomb Syria’ bandwagon. According to the logic of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the use of chemical weapons is “unacceptable” and risks eroding the nearly century-old norm against the use of such weapons. A norm which, in his words, “has helped protect United States forces, and our Homeland”.

So according to him, it has been totally unacceptable for anybody else to use chemical weapons to wage war for nearly a century, yet the United States is directly responsible for causing countless horrific and slow-death fatalities through the use of the chemical incendiary weapon Napalm in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Along with the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and depleted uranium (DU) weaponry in the Gulf War, the hypocrisy of the United States government knows no bounds.

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  • Michael Rivero

    “An important case of Pentagon influence over the corporate media is CNN’s retraction of the story about U.S. military use of sarin (a nerve gas) in 1970 in Laos during the Vietnam War. CNN producers April Oliver and Jack Smith, after an eight-month investigation, reported on CNN in June of 1998 and later in Time Magazine that sarin gas was used in Operation Thailand in Laos and that American defectors were targeted. The story was based on eyewitness accounts and high military command collaboration. Under tremendous pressure from the Pentagon, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, and Richard Helms, both CNN and Time Magazine retracted the story saying: “The allegations about the use of nerve gas and the killing of defectors are not supported by the evidence.” Oliver and Smith were both fired by CNN later that summer. They have steadfastly stood by their original story as accurate and substantiated. Oliver feels that CNN and Time capitulated to the Pentagon’s threat to lock them out of future military stories.” — 9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out, page 181