U.S. Has Used Chemical Weapons for Decades (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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The Obama administration has strongly condemned the Syrian government for reportedly using the chemical weapon "sarin" on its own people.

However, not much is spoken about the U.S. using chemical weapons for decades.

MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell recalled America's use of the chemical weapon "napalm" on his program Wednesday night (video below).

“Napalm attaches to human flesh in a way that is impossible to remove. But it kills in other ways… you can be killed by suffocation. You can be killed simply by breathing in carbon monoxide poison,” said O’Donnell.

The host then recalled how the U.S. military used napalm during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, "where we dropped it literally by the ton," added O’Donnell.

“The single weakest argument I’ve heard for military intervention in Syria is that death from sarin is a uniquely horrifying form of death, uniquely inhumane,” said O’Donnell.

“How do we judge the quality of death in warfare? By the elapsed time from initial wound to death? By the pain level? I don’t think there’s a reasonable way to make that evaluation.”

More reported uses of chemical weapons by the U.S. include white phosphorus and shells coated with depleted uranium during the Iraq invasion, which some scientists say causes various types of cancer and birth defects.

Sources: MSNBC, The Guardian, Harvard.edu, Democracy Now