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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Fifteen year old mustard gas insignificant while sixty year old mustard gas serious

After hundreds of canisters of mustard gas were found in Iraq, liberals downplayed the significance saying it was old and degraded. Today there is a story from Reuters about the ongoing project of the US destroying its mustard gas stockpile from WWII. When you read the Reuters story which is no doubt intended to focus on the fact that the US has chemical weapons. This is no secret, of course, but the MSM never misses an opportunity to give the US a knock.

The people disposing of this 60 year old mustard gas seem to be taking it very seriously:

Much of the round-the-clock process of removing explosive fuses, draining and then incinerating liquid chemical agents is automated. But workers in fully enclosed protective chemical suits regularly enter potentially deadly areas to repair, update and clean.

On a recent day, Rod Hollum, 51, and Nick Crosby, 27, donned masks, a backpack with an eight-minute back-up air supply and a white, vinyl suit fully sealed against the air but linked to outside oxygen.

...

"You're encapsulated inside," said Marc McLaws, a worker who helped Hollum and Crosby suit up.

"Some people get claustrophobic," he added. "Heat stress is a problem. You're constantly sweating. You can lose six or seven pounds over the two hours."

Before the two enter the area of potential exposure, they receive a briefing. "We either stirred something up, you guys did cleaning, or there is something," the briefer said about a hose leaking mustard agent. "Be extremely careful."

...

Being completely sealed in vinyl poses other risks. Half a year ago, one suited worker suffered a heart attack. "We had to cut him out," said McLaws, who said tearing through the single-use, $275 suit took three minutes. "It was a good result though: he lived."

Sounds like some serious stuff. I am no expert and it may be that the US has better storage processes than Iraq. If not, then I would find it odd how much more seriously the far older material is being treated.

16 Comments:

  • At 12:52 AM, Blogger SkyePuppy said…

    Maybe mustard gas is like hand grenades: the older they are, the more unstable they get.

    When my grandfather died in 1979, my parents were cleaning out his garage (he was a pack rat extraordinaire), they found a WWII-era grenade. Even though the pin was still in, it could have blown at any time. They called the police, who sent the bomb squad to blow the thing up.

    Maybe 15 years is nothing in the life of mustard gas, but 60 years is everything. Maybe.

    Or maybe the MSM really hates the US.

     
  • At 11:49 AM, Blogger THE RIGHT WING AGENDA said…

    Death toll in latest Iraq violence at 64 as Bush rails against critics and Demands "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED AND ALL IS WELL"

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060901/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

    If only we could find those WMDs and destroy them also..oh sorry.

    THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT....THANK YOU FOR RUINING THE COUNTRY LIKE EVERY BUSINESS THAT YOU HAVE TOUCHED...A TRUE CEO PREZ...ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU....

    8-BALL----OVER AND ---OUT

     
  • At 2:37 AM, Blogger FKAB said…

    RWA,

    I'm beginning to think that you are a creation of some prankster who wants to make liberals look like retards. Even though I would agree with the basic message you try to put across, the capitalised lettering and the fact that your comments have only tenuous link to the subject matter of AICS's posts make me question your motives.

    Are you just an immature conservative vying for a laugh?

    If you are who you say you are, then I would advise you to shut the hell up and let those with a brain stem contribute to the dialogue.

    Sorry about that, everyone. I felt it my duty as someone who reads these comments and is irritated to find morons posting rubbish to speak up.

     
  • At 12:13 PM, Blogger SkyePuppy said…

    FKAB,

    I'm beginning to think that you are a creation of some prankster who wants to make liberals look like retards.

    No, a lot of liberals look like retards without any help from pranksters.

    I've "had it up to here" a couple times on other people's comments, too. One of them might have been at you, but I can't remember for sure. It could have been at Joe. Anyway, you're not alone.

     
  • At 5:12 PM, Blogger THE RIGHT WING AGENDA said…

    FKAB and SkyePuppy,

    I didn't vote for Bush did you?? If so who is the REAL Moron, besides that Texas Yahoo in the WH?


    Afghan opium cultivation up 60 percent

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060902/ap_on_re_as/afghan_drugs

    Bush: Iraq Has Not Fallen Into Civil War declares "ALL IS WELL and MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"

    http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/09/02/D8JSSDQ80.html

    Nothing, but Failure for as far as the eye can see.---so---


    I,FKAB, and SkyePuppy--THANK YOU---THANK YOU FOR SCREWING UP EVERYTHING---ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU!

    xxooxx TO ALL,

    8-BALL--OVER AND ---OUT!

     
  • At 7:41 AM, Blogger Malott said…

    RWA,

    I'm really grateful for you and the rest of the Lunatic Left. I just wish that I could give you a bigger microphone than the blogosphere.

    You very adequately define the reason why you and your representatives in the Democrat Party must never be allowed to lead this country in a time when we are being threatened by a ubiquitous and growing enemy.

    Keep up the good work.

     
  • At 10:35 AM, Blogger Joe Smoe: American Citizen said…

    Malott said...
    RWA,

    I'm really grateful for you and the rest of the Lunatic Left. I just wish that I could give you a bigger microphone than the blogosphere.

    You very adequately define the reason why you and your representatives in the Democrat Party must never be allowed to lead this country in a time when we are being threatened by a ubiquitous and growing enemy.

    Keep up the good work.

    7:41 AM


    Hey, I agree with a lot that this guy has to say, but not the way he says it. As far as the enemy, all the GOP has to do is look in the mirror and they will find him. Bush and the GOP are the party of Failure and Lies...all you have to do is look at their record as the party in power for the last few years..THE GOP and Bush is a do nothing party of failure and is the enemy and if they are unseated in Nov it will not be the fault of the LEftist fringe. I know...I know it's Bill Clinton's Fault.

    Either way. I hoped you enjoyed your day in the sun cause it's coming to an end.

     
  • At 11:17 AM, Blogger SkyePuppy said…

    Joe,

    Who do you like, at this point, for 2008?

    Hillary? Biden? Frist? Lieberman? Sharpton?

    If Bush is our enemy, who exactly would be our friend in the White House?

     
  • At 3:29 PM, Blogger Joe Smoe: American Citizen said…

    SkyePuppy said...
    Joe,

    Who do you like, at this point, for 2008?

    Hillary? Biden? Frist? Lieberman? Sharpton?

    If Bush is our enemy, who exactly would be our friend in the White House?

    11:17 AM

    A third party candidate, otherwise at this time I don't see anyone I like. I did actually like Mccain until he caved into the Religious Right. The ones you mentioned are all jokes.

     
  • At 3:44 PM, Blogger SkyePuppy said…

    Joe,


    The ones you mentioned are all jokes.

    My doubts about your sanity are clearing up a bit, because the ones I mentioned are all jokes. Glad to see we agree on that much, at least.

     
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