In his recent book entitled “The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers”, former U.S Marine and Army sergeant Joseph Hickman explains that both soldiers and civilians alike were poisoned due to Halliburton. And unfortunately, for Dick Cheney, it appears that he may be the one responsible.
Why? Kellog, Brown, and Root (KBR) is merely an extension of Cheney’s Halliburton, operated 250 burn pits that contributed to the $40 billion made during the Iraq occupation. Contained in the burn pits were thousands of pounds that were burned each day. Included in that garbage is “every type of waste imaginable”, including “tires, lithium batteries, asbestos insulation, pesticide containers, Styrofoam, metals, paints, plastic, medical waste and even human corpses.”
Initially, General David Petraeus denied any danger surrounding the use of burn pits. However, medical evidence proved this to be false. Unfortunately, as with other similar events, like Agent Orange and how it effected Vietnam vets, the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to deny coverage to vets who were harmed because of the pits.
Thousands of otherwise healthy soldiers who had served in the Iraq war returned home only to develop brain cancer and die. Furthermore, Iraq was left in turmoil not only because of the burn pits but also due to depleted uranium, napalm, white phosphorous as well as many untold horrors.
And Halliburton isn’t just killing people overseas. According to government officials, it was concluded that Halliburton was partially to blame for the BP oil spill that flooded into the Gulf back in 2010.
In his book, Hickman explains how burn pits and a plethora of other poisons from past wars like Agent Orange in Vietnam are “recklessly endangering the health of our fighting men and women.” Sadly, it is important to remember, that whether we are being told or not, similar events are taking place in the many nations we are waging war against currently. While it may one day come out, for now, we are in the dark.
Unfortunately, due to the past history of corporations and wars, there is no telling what the implications may be. One good thing, though, is that Hickman’s book will raise awareness about the situation so that maybe something can be done.