I was on the ground in Laos (1971) and Vietnam (1968-9), often clearing dive-bombers carrying these very cluster bombs (among other types of bombs) for strikes. We also used outlawed phosphorous bombs. I severely burned my left hand in a mortar attack on us while I was putting out white phosphorous booby traps.
We could and did neutralize and paralyse, if not wipe out, a whole division in a few hours. With a few flights of B-52s, one day on the Bolivens Plateau in Southern Laos, we destroyed a division, reduced it to rubble, hundreds of dead and writhing bodies and a few stragglers. Parked the stragglers in their tracks with cluster bombs.
Cluster Bombs we dropped in both nations then are still now maiming and killing farmers, children, women, and others up and down and across that war zone. It is not easy living with the memory of myself having had my innocent patriotism transformed into violent terrorist mercenary activities on behalf of the very same Wall Street that now holds even more control over the Pentagon, CIA, President, Congress & the Courts.
Like most of my sister and fellow citizens then in the early '60s, and now, I knew nothing whatsoever of my citizenship from what I learned in High School. High Schools then, as now, are merely bureaucrat-manufacturing plants that find kids the perfect raw material to shape into mercenaries while pretending to and indoctrinating them into believing they are patriots by obeying any shit head the majority of ignorant voters with the very same indoctrinations elect into office one election after the next, just another lock-step ritual as predictable as any German Army boots that ever fell upon the ground.
Get used to it, folks, the US long ago reduced itself to its own version of Nazi Germany, the USSR, & Mao’s China. The transition began with Truman and all the anti-communist paranoia already raging then. The perpetrators were primarily the corporate media, then to now, with lots of very keen help from elected and appointed Democrats and Republicans. As the cold war unfolded, the politicians found easy money in voting for more weapons and more wars. Filling the military’s ranks has always been relatively easy: just draft the little “patriots.” The show must go on. Vote for Hillary. Remember, it is a vote for your IRA.