|Guests:||Open Lines, Joyce Riley|
Joyce Riley (gulfwarvets(1)), an activist on behalf of those with Gulf War Illness, presented a shocking indictment of the US government during the first two hours of Friday night's show. She said that five separate Gulf War vets had told her that US troops were responsible for setting the oil well fires in Kuwait and that it was done to "make it look like the Republican Guard had set the fire." Riley speculated that the reason behind it was a kind of PR tactic to convince the American public that Saddam Hussein and his regime were a terrible evil.
She presented a transcript(2) of her interview with one of the accusatory vets. "The explosive I used was C4. It's light weight, it's easy to use...I placed the explosive on the wellhead and the incendiaries near by so thatâ€¦ after the wellhead was damaged, that the incendiary could light the crude oil to fire," he told her.
Riley, a loyal American, said she hoped that the reports could be proven wrong, but had no reason to think the soldiers were lying. Several veterans who called in during the second hour questioned the veracity of the account, commenting that the language from the transcript didn't match the military lingo they were familiar with.