Iraqi Crud: Controlling the Discussion

Abby Zimet

Even as over 200 veterans sue
KBR - and, surprise, Halliburton again - for developing cancer, lung
problems and other illnesses from trash fires in Iraq and Afghanistan, a
civilian doctor says the Army is trying to hide
the issue from public view by taking over care of his military
patients. Dr. Robert Miller of Vanderbilt University has diagnosed over
50 veterans exposed to burn pits with constrictive bronchiolitis,
reports Veterans Today; many others have leukemia, other cancers
and severe breathing problems from inhaling thick black smoke, commonly
called "Iraqi crud," from burning piles of plastic, Styrofoam, paint,
solvent and medical waste.

"I think this is a way to get control of an issue," Dr. Miller
said. "They can control the discussion by keeping it internal." Miller
said he already had a bad taste in his mouth after a 32-page training
letter came out from the Veterans Affairs Department detailing
environmental concerns - with his findings of constrictive bronchiolitis
removed from the original draft after it was reviewed by military

"I want to know the truth about
what I was exposed to. I want to know the truth
of the risks people took with my life and my health." - Air Force Lieut. Col. Michele Pearce, a
40-year-old mother of two, who has developed two rare cancers.

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