How the CDC Betrayed Victims of Agent Orange

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There are few things in this world with the long-term toxicity of Agent Orange, the chemical herbicide used in Vietnam. Polonium-210 in a cup of tea will kill you – just ask former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko – but, unlike Agent Orange, its damage isn’t generational.

For the uninitiated, Agent Orange is the moniker given to the “mixture of butoxyethanol esters of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T).”1 It was a nasty chemical compound manufactured primarily by Dow Chemical and Monsanto (and others) at the instructions of the United States government during the Vietnam war.

From 1962 to 1971, the US Air Force sprayed at least 11 million gallons of Agent Orange in Vietnam. The purpose of Agent Orange, primarily distributed through Operation Ranch Hand, was defoliation to improve visibility for military operations and the destruction of enemy food supplies. It was mostly sprayed by plane, although it was also sprayed through helicopters, truck, boat, and backpacks to clear foliage around bases and landing zones.

What made Agent Orange so dangerous was that during production, a dangerous byproduct formed: dioxin TCDD, a chemical so toxic it damages is calculated not in years but in decades or even centuries.

11 Comments on How the CDC Betrayed Victims of Agent Orange

  1. These stories are very easy to believe but the author always has an agenda so you have to take it for what it is and the grain of salt that often comes with these stories

  2. Got a buddy, two tours, 2 bronze stars, a silver, 3 purple hearts.
    He has growths all over his body, mostly at the joints, diagnosis, Agent Orange.
    The one thing that helps most and harms least, cannabis, if he uses it, loses the VA benefits.
    Talk about a Catch 22.

  3. 2 years ago my neighbor went in due to a stroke and was told his medical conditions were caused by agent orange. He knew for decades his health problems were from agent orange, but this was the first time anyone admitted it. How nice of gov to wait until he’s 75 years old and knocking on death’s door before admitting a damn thing. I suspect the coof vaccine will be a similar story, if anyone survives 3 years after taking it.

  4. Worked at a company that dumped tons of that death powder in southwestern Ontario. If it finds its way to the water table many more will suffer.

  5. Difference between the jab and agent orange: No soldiers knew the bad news about agent orange, the public now knows the bad news about the jab. Neither one can you do anything about it after coming into contact with it. The treatments that work are being denied its usage by the CDC, etc. So, many covid people are being denied the proper treatment and are forced to die, same as agent orange patients.

  6. Killed my father-in-law. Two tours with the Seabees, deforesting the jungle with it, to build helicopter landing bases. 🙁

    NON-smoker, who dealt with emphysema the rest of his life. Died three years ago, & pretty painfully from it.

  7. Not to change the subject but at my initial glance at the accompanying thumbnail I thought it was lightfoot…..

  8. I have an older cousin who was a Vietnam vet who died in his early 70’s 3 years ago from cancer which was more than likely caused by his exposure to Agent Orange when he was fighting in the jungles in Vietnam in the late 60’s.

  9. My late uncle, who did 2 tours in Vietnam, was a victim. After he came home, he was unable to work due to respiratory problems resulting from his exposure. The fricking government fought against putting him on full disability until they were exposed. He received a lump sum from the government just in time for it to be left to his daughter. My observation of this event was the beginning of the blinders being taken off of my eyes concerning our benevolent rulers.


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