The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America's Soldiers
Book Review

Hynes, H. Patricia
Date Written:  2017-01-11
Publisher:  Antiwar
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20297

A review of the book, "The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America's Soldiers" by Joseph Hickman.



In his no-holds-barred book, "The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America's Soldiers," former Marine and Army Joseph Hickman exposes the knowing contamination of thousands of soldiers stationed on bases with these lethal pits. After interviewing more than a thousand very sick veterans and military contractors about their exposures and investigating the non-response of the Pentagon, high-ranking military in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Veterans Health Administration, the author concludes:

"In my experience as a noncommissioned officer, and after serving twenty years in the military, I can honestly say I would believe the words of a private over a general any day of the week."


A final word on the ultimate war victims. The people of Iraq have been poisoned from the war in 1991 through the current war on ISIS. The arc of poisons begins with the oil fires in Kuwait set by fleeing Iraqi soldiers, which burned for seven months, and depleted uranium weapons used by the US in the first Gulf War (1991) and in the Iraq War (2003-2011). It extends to the burn pit air toxins from US bases that wafted into nearby towns and cities and the recent oil conflagrations set by ISIS and ignited during US bombing of ISIS strongholds.

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