When we consider the debris that US military is dropping off our own shores, we must also acknowledge the massive amounts of contamination our military has wrought abroad. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, an environmental toxicologist and winner of the 2015 Rachel Carson prize for her research on depleted uranium (DU) and heavy metal contamination, told Truthout that the global implications of US military exercises are staggering.
« Since 2001, the United States has accelerated its war contamination of the planet, » she told Truthout. « The US has spent over $3 trillion on the decimation of Iraq and Afghanistan. The number of bombs and bullets dropped on those nations alone is staggering, let alone the contamination caused by their naval exercises around the world. »
As early as 2005, it was reported that US forces were using 1.8 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition per year.
« That means that approximately a quarter of a million US bullets were being expended to kill every single US war victim in the Middle East, » Savabieasfahani said. « In 2015 alone, the United States dropped over 23,000 bombs on the Middle East, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. »
Now, in addition to the toxic debris the US military has left strewn across large swaths of the Middle East, the Navy is planning to add to global contamination by injecting unfathomable amounts of toxic contaminants into the seas surrounding the US.
When taken together, the amount of environmental damage the US military is causing around the planet on an annual basis is nearly impossible to comprehend.