September 6, 2013 |
As Congress debates whether or not America should launch missile strikes on Syria, one question dwarfs all others: Would we be worse off by not acting than by acting? President Obama has boxed himself and the country into a situation where either choice is a bad one. His declared reason for a military strike - to deter and degrade Bashar al-Assad's ability to use chemical weapons - is insufficient. But his foreign policy credibility would be shattered if the international drama he's triggered with his red lines ends up with ... nothing.
June 26, 2011
Boston student hurt in lab blast BOSTON - A Boston College doctoral student suffered minor injuries at a lab Saturday when a chemical used in making mustard gas and methamphetamine exploded in her hand, a school spokesman said. The student, who was not identified, suffered cuts on her face after the small blast at the Merkert Chemistry Center in Boston, said school spokesman Jack Dunn. The student told emergency workers that she had been using thionyl chloride, which can be used to make mustard gas and nerve toxins, but it is also used in the manufacturing of batteries and herbicides, among other things.
June 10, 2010
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - Crews have begun decontaminating an Atlantic City-based clam boat that was isolated off New Bedford after it pulled up munitions shells tainted with mustard gas. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jeff Hall said officials hoped the ESS Pursuit would be free to leave by Thursday. He said cleanup crews were relying heavily on bleach, which dilutes the mustard gas, and elbow grease. The crew pulled up two shells with its catch Sunday off Long Island. The next day, crewman Konstantin Burndshov was hospitalized with blisters from the gas exposure.
June 29, 2006
BILL O'BRIEN'S letter ("FEMA spree," June 22) is puzzling. Who are these people who "float through life on the government's tab"? Is he referring to Haliburton and its subsidiaries? Is Mr. O'Brien equally upset that Haliburton has been fined and paid the government back for hundreds of millions in overcharges and fake meals, which Haliburton never fed the soldiers in Iraq? Was Mr. O'Brien upset when Haliburton was selling gas to the military in Iraq years ago for $3 a gallon that the company paid 25 cents a gallon for?
June 20, 2004
A poll of Americans taken in March of this year found that 57 percent of those polled believed that Iraq under Saddam Hussein substantially supported al-Qaeda or was directly involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. Where did they get that misguided idea? Why, it was from their president, their vice president, their defense secretary, their national security adviser and other key players in the war on terror, of course. Through assertion, implication and innuendo, the Bush administration - backed by an amen chorus of talk-show babblers and oped writers who filled in the blanks that White House rhetoric artfully left - has labored to plant the notion that invading Iraq was a logical, urgent response to Sept.
April 27, 2003 |
U.S. soldiers found 14 barrels of chemicals yesterday in a vast weapons storage area in north-central Iraq, and three initial tests indicated that they contained a deadly mixture of cyclosarin nerve agent and mustard gas. Previous finds of suspect chemicals in Iraq have turned out to be false alarms, and a Pentagon spokeswoman said yesterday that defense officials had no conclusive evidence that the barrels contained chemical weapons. She said samples from the barrels would be sent to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland for further testing, a process that could take a week or longer.
February 13, 2003 |
If crimes against humanity were sufficient reason to oust Saddam, you could find all the necessary evidence in this shabby town. Set in a beautiful valley, with fields of wheat ringed by craggy, snow-topped mountains, Halabja has a history of horror. It is symbolized by a memorial statue in the middle of the town, much of which still lies in ruins. The statue portrays a dying father lying on the ground as he tries in vain to protect his child from an attack by chemical weapons.
April 30, 2000 |
What does it feel like to be 100 years old? "Just like it does to be 99," said a smiling Grace Monteith, her hands folded firmly across the pocketbook in her lap. "I don't feel any older, unless I'm trying to get in and out of a car. " Monteith, who will celebrate her 101st birthday in July, was the guest of honor yesterday at the National Park Service's annual gathering of volunteers, held at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church on Columbus Boulevard. She has devoted as many as 2,000 hours of volunteer service to the Deshler Morris House in Germantown and may be the country's oldest volunteer, said Stephen Sitarski, VIP coordinator for the Park Service.
March 7, 1997 |
There was a time when Daniel Duffy might have broken into a jig, or maybe even a reel, to celebrate the passing of another year. But for him, the time for Irish step dancing has passed. Instead, Duffy, a World War I veteran, sat and listened yesterday while well-wishers and a band honored him for reaching the age of 105. Duffy, dressed in gray pants and a white V-neck sweater, was feted in the activity room of the Veterans Administration's nursing home. Students from Caln Elementary School presented him with gifts, including candy and a shamrock wreath.
May 28, 1994 |
For Haddon Heights, this Memorial Day weekend will mark the passing of an era with funeral services for James J. Traynor, the last World War I veteran at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Mr. Traynor, 98, who survived the trenches and mustard gas and the Argonne offensive of 1918, died Tuesday at Harvest Village in Atco, where he had lived for several years. He had resided in Haddon Heights for 61 years. "Everybody in Haddon Heights knew him, and he was Mr. Haddon Heights to some," said Bob Simmington, a lifelong friend and a World War II veteran.