Bob Nichols is a Project Censored Award winner, a correspondent for the San Francisco Bay View newspaper and a frequent contributor to various online publications. He reports on war, politics and the two nuclear weapons labs in the Bay Area. Nichols is writing a book based on 20 years of nuclear war in Central Asia. He is a former employee of an Army Ammunition Plant. You are encouraged to write Nichols at

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Iraq is a Self Cleaning Oven

Soldiers – Ours, Theirs. Civilians.  It makes NO Difference!

(San Francisco) – American Expeditionary Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan use only the best weapons money can buy and American ingenuity can dream up. For twenty years that meant weaponized uranium poison gas and aerosols, a.k.a. “DU,” according to the Pentagon, weapons contractors, university weapons researchers and the political leadership of the United States.

Abrams Tank firing 120mm Gun - Defense Industry Daily

Abrams Tank firing 120mm Gun - Defense Industry Daily

Were they Right or Wrong? Not all military officers, experts and politicians agree.  They say there are weapons and systems that shoot farther, faster and more accurately than the weaponized uranium oxide rounds, shells, missiles and bombs.

It makes no difference. Uranium is unique and it gets the nod from American leaders every time. Over twenty years of uranium warfare, with no end in sight, hundreds of thousands of tons of uranium oxide munitions ended up as uranium smoke, dust and shrapnel in Iraq.

It makes no difference, it is all still in Iraq or on Earth somewhere; it did not go to the moon.

It makes no difference to weaponized uranium poison gas whether it is shot, fired or dropped. Even just burned up in giant multi-billion Dollar ammo dump fires; the lethal aerosols are still circulating in the air, maiming and killing the enemy. Uranium oxide is the metal that burns at the drop of a hat or an RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) round, in the cases of the big ammo dumps.

It depends on your point of view whether or not this is good or a problem. The Pentagon says the uranium weapons are not a problem and that uranium shrapnel is heavy and falls to earth within 50 meters of where it strikes.

Lawyers who are specialists in the International Law of Armed Conflict, War Crimes Law to the rest of us, say the uranium smoke, dust and shrapnel must be able to be turned off when the battle is over.

Too bad. Uranium gas is a radioactive and electrically charged poison forever. No way uranium smoke can be “turned off.” There is no getting around that. Four Presidents said, in effect, “Go for it, anyway.” The Pentagon did just that. Nuremberg war crimes trials be damned.

Here’s just the Pentagon’s list of uranium penetrators in 2002 as compiled by Colonel Wakayama:

Depleted Uranium (DU) Munitions

COL J. Edgar Wakayama


Depleted Uranium (DU) Munitions
The following ammunition contains DU cartridge penetrators:

A675       MK149     20mm
A676       MK149     20mm
A986       M919       25mm
A983       PGU-20   25mm
A979       PGU-20   25mm
B102       PGU-14    30mm
B103       PGU-14    30mm
B117       PGU-14    30mm
B128       PGU-14    30mm
C523       M774       105mm
C524       M833       105mm
C543       M900      105mm
C783       M827       120mm (Not fielded)
C786       M829       120mm
C380      M829A1   120mm
C792       M829A2  120mm

Major Doug Rokke, US Army Ret., was the theater wide Health Physics Officer working for General Norman Schwarzkopf during the First Gulf War and then was the Director of the Pentagon’s Depleted Uranium Study in 1995-1996.

Major Rokke is characteristically more blunt: “Uranium weapons are killing our own troops.”

Meanwhile, take your guess as to why successive Administrations chronically underfund the vital services provided as a part of the historical promise of a “grateful country” to US Veterans. Then, as a result, some of the men and women in Congress “try” to “fight” for Veterans’ programs.

How to Kill Off an American Army.

Let’s make this real simple. Veterans  costs big money; dead soldiers do not.  If US uranium oxide weapons maim and kill US Troops and Vets; then the government’s Veterans’ costs go way down.

To save big money, the Pentagon’s own weapons would have to kill hundreds of thousands of Vets “before their time.” Is this the situation we are faced with here?

To make sure this was the actual situation, I called uranium munitions experts and asked if the Pentagon, or the eight Nuclear Weapons Labs like Livermore Nuke Lab, had worked on, developed or perfected a way to make American Troops immune to uranium radioactive poison gas and aerosols.

Pissed Off, Dying Soldiers a whole ‘nother thing.

“No. Absolutely not. Uranium maims and kills across the board, no matter who you are,” I was told in no uncertain terms.

There you have it. If You or someone you know is one of the one million Vets and Soldiers with boots on the ground in Iraq or Afghanistan now, or in the past 20 years – Iraq is a Self Cleaning Oven using hot, radioactive poison gas and you are on the long  list of Crispy Critters. The US Government decided you were a “throw away soldier” a long time ago.

“Fuck You All,” from American “leaders.”

That’s a “twofer” for the smart ass “above our pay grade” types. First, US Soldiers do the dirty, filthy, dangerous work of nuclear war and dispose of the Iraqis and other troublesome civilians who happen to live in Central Asia.

Second, the obliging US Soldiers – “grunts” – die an early and painful death; killed by their own uranium munitions, tortured internally by radiation that turns their insides to “mush” and praying to the Goddess Morphine for drug based relief that never comes.

How do the Perps in Congress, the Executive Branch and the Pentagon kill off a loyal, patriotic American Army? Simple. The faithful, courageous Troops are trapped in a circular firing squad with their own uranium munitions. Ready. Aim. Fire!

Bob Nichols is a Project Censored Award winner, a correspondent for the San Francisco Bay View newspaper and a frequent contributor to various online publications. He reports on war, politics and the two nuclear weapons labs in the Bay Area. Nichols is writing a book based on 20 years of nuclear war in Central Asia. He is a former employee of an Army Ammunition Plant. You are encouraged to write Nichols at

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Ecological Development Biology: Intergrating Epigenetics, Medicine and Evolution Scott F. Gilbert and David Epel, December 2008, 459 pages, 182 illustrations, Sinauer

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8 Responses to "Iraq is a Self Cleaning Oven"

  1. Jamie  November 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    In this video Chris Busby of the University of Liverpool explains precisely how uranium – including natural, enriched, and depleted uranium – causes health problems. I don’t know how useful it is to someone without a science background, at least introductory molecular biology, but Busby explains it extremely well in a convincing and frightening presentation. This information has not thus far been acted on by any regulatory agencies. The presentation was made in February 2008 as part of the public interventions in the environmental assessment of AREVA’s proposed Midwest uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan. Busby was asked to present by the Saskatoon-based Inter-Church Uranium Committee Education Cooperative.

    • Bob Nichols  November 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm

      Let’s try that again, Jamie. The YouTube version I saw stopped dead at 1:54.

      Can you fix it or get another, or even get the report itself Busby is talking about.


  2. frank martino  November 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Just like the first responders were told “The air is fine. Keep working” Asthey now die.

    • Bob Nichols  November 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm

      Roger that. Yup. That was a bald faced lie, too. That’s pretty Cold. They stand there, flat footed and lie their ass off.

      It is best to Watch what these criminal psychopaths actually DO and ignore what they SAY.

      We’ve all known animals like this, they are good for nothing and just take up space.

      The one you are talking about is named Christine Todd Whitman, she used to work for another criminal named Henry Kissinger. He hangs out in NYC, he can’t go to Europe any more, they would arrest his lyin’ ass in a NY minute.

  3. tcarlson  November 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Iraq is a Self Cleaning Oven… and we’re the baked on crud.

    • Bob Nichols  November 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

      Aye…. that’s the bottom line. Damn.

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