Do we care?

The caring side of the superpower is revealed:

The United States won’t compensate Vietnam’s Agent Orange victims but will offer advice on dealing with the wartime defoliant, a US official said during a visit by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

When Rumsfeld met Defence Minister Pham Van Tra and military officials, the Vietnamese side had raised the issue of dioxin exposure and contamination from Agent Orange, the senior official said on the sidelines of the visit.

“What we can do is make scientific information available, historical archival information we might have, … technical advice on how to deal with the situation,” the official said.

“We’re ready to do more. We agreed to sit down at the expert level and see what we can do,” he said.

Taking responsibility for the mess isn’t on the agenda, however. Expect a similar attitude towards the use of depleted uranium.

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