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nerve agents also penetrate the skin. and money . . . and be able to sustain The second kind of agent are mus- popular support, but if it drags on a tards. ln the reports 1`ve read, the one long time and the cost gets higher and `st_;\T the Iraqis used against their own peo- higher, then thats when there may be U . , ~.,_W ` ple is the mustard agents. Mustard problems with popular support. Im I V agents are sometimes called mustard defining a long time as years. The gas, but thats really a misnomer be- other thing that is important in addi- _ l cause its more of a liquid that can be tion to cost and the length of time is ` / gy i sprayed. They work by attaching to pro- the perception of whether were deter- , 1 teins and DNA and other biological ; mined to win, and, whether were suc- li . components within the body. Those l ceeding in that goal. The thing that was ~ . r' things work by burning. lfyou got a l fatal in terms of Vietnam was the per- drop of the mustard on your skin, it ception that either we werent trying to i` ' xjqfi I would burn a hole where it touched win or we couldnt win. And therefore, ;_, you. When you breathe, it would, of there was a perception, "ifyoure not _ course, ruin your lungs. Actually, going to try to win or you cant win I; gi 1 theyre very simple chemicals, but very, then why are you doing this? T I very, potent. i So, it`ll depend on perceptions of A Letter from |||g lrgnt The nerve agents can be decontami- l progress, itll depend on cost, itll de- , nated or dissipate reasonably quickly. pend on ability of the President to sell :l 'l l' UK I"` Y` ~ They can be hydrolized under certain it, it`ll depend on a lot of different hasn I IINIII IIIIII ,lIIIII III _ _ _ _ y. I guoss that s why I conditions fairly well. The mustard things. gd, YM". nw,III.I._ I rea", agents can last quite a while. They get Right now Qanuary 1991) President n|yod It. lv Ilvod In Lex- on the soil and water and on the top of (George) Bush has done an extraordi- II $I I W$ II|'. $0 a tank. ; nary job ofmobilizing national and in- l"' 'lwY l bl! 1`ve heard these agents described as I ternational support behind what hes wlzdc-I I-II` _ _ L _ I think tho rlbhons oro a Third World atomic weapons because done. But, I think the support both na- 9,.,., Ham I saw Iow they are cheap and easy to make, where- tionally and internationally is thin; 1 hgfgrq | lglt but | lmqglng as nuclear weaponry is very difficult dont think it runs terribly deep. So, II\|''$ II' M0!'0 \|I IWW- and technologically requires a lot of ex- setbacks of one kind or the other or ll" uml klml l II" uml t . . 4 . _ _ nmkos all this more boar- pertise. But these chemical weapons changesm the nature of the wai could able. I,m in In.-n"y no"' are pretty easy to make. undermine that in different ways. SMP-., ov",. h.. so W, I.-vo * This is really mans inhumanity to l And, therell be surprises. War is al- It about as rough as anyono man. I). Al/an Buttmfeld is {1 jzrofessor ways full of surprises, and 1 think what I$ BVI WIIII ||YI'I\I|'|9, II'! and researrher in theDej1artme21.t of Chem- you have to do is to expect the unex- " In Yu"' "d "d "' . ._ _ . _ , _ _ try to koop In tho right zstty and rlnertor 0] the Center oftklemtmme pected. Somebody wan ned Lyndon nam, * mh"'. I Srzenees. johnson, when he went into Vietnam lll Imnk IINI no man". , ` in a big way in 1965 that once on the what, It's boon a good expo- tigers back you cant pick the place to !I *I Im !II I"' IIN Q. Vietnam and Desert Storm dismount. And I think that`s very well II"'"'"Y l d mY l""`' What does Vietnam tell us taken. Once you get into a war you I lIIIIIIIIy WIIIIII Ii- IIIkIIIg ~ _ _ _ much for grantod attor all about the will of the American have no sense of what direction 1ts IIIIL A ...I I.III and INI people with regard to Desert going to take, where it may lead, and and cold running wator to Storm? how you may get it over with, or get Y I'I\ VFY IiI' wII I yourself out. George Herring is chair- lun w'"d l say Tank A. 1 think the conclusion that people person. 0ft}zeDe,bartment ofHistory and au- yII Ga BIG BIIIIEI are drawing is that if the war is not won thor ofAmerim Iv Longest Nbr: The United _ Ju, g..I"m' Lxng'n quickly, popular support for the current States and Vietnam 1950 to 1975. He is a operation will erode and then presum- UK Alumni Profssor ably disappear. 1 think its more than , just the length of time that`s involved. Kay_/o/mson 86 is assistant editor of alum- - Two other things are important. ni jzublications. Photo on page 6-7 is ry stu- One is the cost . . . the war might go dents Greg Ousley, Ben Greet; and Nlarty a long time at a relatively low cost level Moore. Photo at right is of_/ohh Yerhune. in terms of blood and treasure, lives Bo/h photos were taken {gv fiemts in the field. Spying |99)] Kentucky Alumnus 9