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McCain’s perpetual war in the Middle East will not only continue policies that disempower female veterans, female contractors, and Iraqi and Afghan women and girls but will also be putting newborns at risk. McCain, a Vietnam veteran, should know better than anyone what chemical weapons did to the health of children born during and immediately following the Vietnam war. Veterans of the first Iraq war have given repeated testimony to “phantom ailments” that have left them debilitated and destitute, unable to work, often in constant pain. Yet here we are facing a choice between a president who voted against war and one who promises to be there for 100 years. Here we are looking at another report about the impact of chemical weapons on children in the war zone.
According to a new report, babies born in Fallujah after the deployment of chemical weapons in the area “are showing illnesses and deformities on a scale never seen before.” Infant mortality in the region is at an all time high. While the Pentagon claimed to have done nothing out of the ordinary, they finally admitted to using banned weapons (white phosphorous) and regularly used toxic weapons (depleted uranium) in the area. It is likely that if they used it there, they likely used it elsewhere. The impact to women and children in Fallujah is now being documented, the impact to female soldiers exposed probably won’t be for years.
When you claim to care about women’s rights and yet refuse to vote Democrat this election, you are saying that none of this matters.
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