The DoD has admitted that they used white phorphorous in Iraq:
Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Steve Boylan denied the allegations, saying “I know of no cases where people were deliberately targeted by the use of white phosphorus.” The Pentagon now says it used the weapon against insurgents. White phosphorus produces a dense white smoke that can cause serious burns to human flesh.
So the progression is:
- No we didn’t.
- Oh here, a documentary of us doing it.
- We did do it – but only on insurgents.
- The final iteration will be ‘We had to melt children in order to save them.’