To the Editor:
I read the letter to the editor on Feb. 21 by Mr. (Joe) Trevino in which he made his feelings known about UMHB recognizing former President George W. Bush.
In his diatribe, Trevino accused Bush of going to war over weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that did not exist.
That may sound like a typical comment from his political viewpoint; unfortunately, he is absolutely wrong on that point.
In the New York Times, Oct. 15, 2014, correspondent C.J. Chivers destroyed this allegation in his article “Abandoned Chemical Weapons and Secret Casualties in Iraq.”
In this article, Chivers provides proof of the capture of chemical weapons (a weapon of mass destruction under the U.N. guidelines) by U.S. forces in Iraq who in many cases were made ill by exposure to these weapons.
The article goes on to say U.S. forces found over 3,000 chemical weapons in Iraq.
In late 2005, U.S. forces discovered over 440 chemical rockets near Amara in southeastern Iraq.
The article goes into much further detail. I suggest all should read this article.
It is amazing that our personnel were put in harm’s way finding these WMDs that Mr. Trevino said did not exist.
Mr. Trevino, you have a right to not care for President Bush; however, you do not have a right to make statements that have been proven false.
Jeffrey L. Gorman