DURST: Operation Tailwind

Defense Secretary William Cohen ordered an inquiry into allegations that special US forces used nerve gas to target American military defectors during the Vietnam War. He also said his understanding is "this would have violated our own policy at the time". At the time? At the time?!? What the hell does that mean? At the time. I guess that means now its okay. Oh yeah, I suppose everybody knows it's standard operating procedure. Easy as pie. Now. But before, no. Not such a good idea. The so called Operation Tailwind, and doesn't it stink like one, was approved by the Nixon White House, according to former military officials who participated in the September 1970 raid. Gosh, I can't imagine that. Nixon involved in something shady. Surely these gentlemen must be mistaken. Cohen said he is going to ask the military services to search records for any information that might substantiate the allegations. And you can bet he's going to find stacks and stacks of records. Immediately. Probably just sitting there right on top in a big file titled "Nerve Gas: Our Own People". Yeah, right, and then we'll open up that other file with the big black magic marker heading: "JFK: the Real Murderers." Of course, that'll end up being Nixon's fault too. Might as well blame him for everything. Will Durst is willing to.


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