They Can’t Use Those Bombs…

animal_trial One of the great problems with letting advertising be the foundation of mass media is that even the supposed non-fiction in the sponsored media declines to the same level as the ads.

Today, The New York Times howls that “Military forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, who have surrounded this city and vowed to crush its anti-Qaddafi rebellion, have been firing into residential neighborhoods with heavy weapons, including cluster bombs that have been banned by much of the world.”

Is the United States, one might wonder, a part of that “much of the world?”

Nope, though you’d never know that from the NYT article that raises the issue, because it doesn’t say.

2003-2006 Iraq
The US and UK use nearly 13,000 cluster munitions containing an estimated 1.8 to 2 million submunitions in the three weeks of major combat. A total of 63 CBU-87 bombs were dropped by US aircraft between May 1, 2003 and August 1, 2006.