Excerpt from Bringing the War Home by Will Thomas
Was the Pentagon's panic over the near-certainty that the chemical and biological weaponry Washington had sold to Saddam would be used against its own troops limited to the desperate, fast-tracked approval of a dangerous experimental nerve drug called PB?
In the summer of 1997, Garth Nicholson learned of another drug hastily stockpiled by DoD as a shield against the bio-weapons and production equipment sent to Saddam under government license from US companies. "I know from several sources that the DoD put out emergency orders for doxycycline and ciprofloxacin a few weeks before the ground war started," Nicholson informed American veterans. "One of the generic pharmaceutical companies that contracted with DoD described delivering 18 million units of doxycycline to a USAF base for immediate shipment to Saudi just two weeks before the ground war. After the war soldiers described to me that antibiotics, such as doxycycline, were being buried in mass in the desert (with their shipment pallets)."
Nicholson found it "interesting" that the same antibiotics he and his wife had been recommending for mycoplamal infections had been rushed to the Gulf in massive quantities just before the combined American assault on Kuwait and Iraq. "You can draw your own conclusions from this, but I feel strongly that the US knew exactly what we were facing in the Gulf War," Nicholson concluded. After all, he noted, the US, Europeans, Russians, Chinese and others had armed Iraqi forces with CBW weapons.
As a post-script, one of the USA's leading GWI researchers added that he had heard too many stories about "unconventional" NATO and US munitions turning up in Iraqui bunkers not to wonder if these shipments were the real reason behind Washington's increasingly implausible denials that chemical/biological weapons were ever used in the Gulf War.