Although the U.S. and Britain launched more cruise missiles than during the Gulf War, by the United State’s own admission, most targets were either not hit, or damaged only moderately. Sites of suspected biological and chemical weapons were not targeted, the Pentagon said, to avoid the release of the agents into the atmosphere. These sites were the subject of a critical report by the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM), and that were used by the U.S. as a reason for launching the attacks on the eve of the scheduled impeachment debate.
While CNN and others showed Pentagon images of sites being struck and gave lengthy lists of types of combat planes, missiles, bombs and other warfare hardware, none talked about the interests that lie behind the bombing for the weapons manufacturers.
- Bill Hartung, from the World Policy Institute.