The bombs were misplaced during flights from U-Tapao to Hanoi during the late 1960s. The mishaps occurred because of a design fault with the B 52 bomber. Apparently, the bomb release leaver was located close to the beer cooler, which caused many bombs to be lost before the planes reached their destination.
It is not clear what the USA intends to do with the bombs, if they are returned. It is presumed they will be dropped on Syria; or given to “freedom fighters” there, for recycling into land mines.
Private Tye predicts that in 2060, after the USA has been driven out of the Middle East (and has, instead, started bombing villagers in South America or Central Africa), the President will visit Syria seeking warmer relations and offering to buy back the bombs that were dropped there 45 years earlier.
The story from NBC:
Obama, in Laos, Pledges $90 Million to Clear Unexploded OrdnanceVIENTIANE, Laos — Acknowledging the scars of a secret war, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States has a "moral obligation" to help this isolated Southeast Asian nation heal and vowed to reinvigorate relations with a country with rising strategic importance to the U.S.
Making the first visit for a sitting U.S. president, Obama said too few Americans know of the United States' covert bombing of Laos during the Vietnam War. He offered no apologies, calling the campaign and its aftermath reminders that "whatever the cause, whatever our intentions, war inflicts a terrible toll."
"Given our history here, I believe that the United States has a moral obligation to help Laos heal," Obama said, as he addressed an audience of more than 1,000 students, business people and officials.
For nine years, the U.S. conducted a punishing, covert bombing campaign on landlocked Laos in an effort to cut off communist forces in neighboring Vietnam. The bombardment dropped more than 2 million tons of ordnance on the small nation, more than "we dropped on Germany and Japan, combined, in all of World War II," Obama said.
The bombing left behind deep scars, millions of unexploded cluster bombs across the countryside and decades-worth of cleanup.
Obama is one of several world leaders arriving for a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Taking its turn as the chair of the regional forum, the Laos' communist government is seizing a rare moment in the spotlight.
For Obama, the visit serves as a capstone to his years long effort to bolster relations with Southeast Asian countries long overlooked by the United States. The outreach is a core element of Obama's attempt to shift U.S. diplomatic and military resources away from the Middle East and into Asia in order to counter China's dominance in the region and ensure a foothold in growing markets.
Obama's project — dubbed his Asia pivot — has yielded uneven results, as conflict in the Middle East has continued to demand attention and China has bristled at what it views as meddling in its backyard.
"We believe that bigger nations should not dictate to smaller nations and that all nations should play by the same rules," he said.
As a first sign of a new relationship with Laos, Obama said his administration would address the legacy of war. Obama announced he would double spending for unexploded ordnance — committing $90 million over the three years. The U.S. has contributed $100 million to the effort in the last 20 years, as annual deaths have fallen from more than 300 to fewer than 50, the White House said.
The Lao government said it would increase efforts to recover remains and account for Americans missing since the Vietnam War.
As he opened a day of ceremony and diplomacy, Obama was greeted by a military band, traditional dancers and a warm, tropical rain. He met with Lao President Bounnhang Vorachit, was feted at a welcome banqueted, where he toasted to a relationship he said would "mean greater progress and opportunity for the people of Laos."
Obama's outreach to those regional powers hit a snag just as he arrived in the region from China. The White House called off a planned meeting Tuesday with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, after the brash new leader referred to Obama as a "son of a b****."
Duterte, who had been expecting Obama to criticize his deadly, extrajudicial crackdown on drug dealers, later said he regretted the personal attack on the president.