Gulf of Tonkin

[Raw Story] Exclusive: Robert McNamara deceived LBJ on Gulf of Tonkin, documents show - Gareth Porter

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[Raw Story] Exclusive: Robert McNamara deceived LBJ on Gulf of Tonkin, documents show


Published: July 8, 2009
Updated 15 hours ago

Official government documents reveal new side of defense secretary’s legacy

Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1967, took many secrets with him when he died Monday at 93. But probably no secret was more sensitive politically than the one that would have changed fundamentally the public perception of his role in Vietnam policy had it been become widely known.

The secret was his deliberate deceit of President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 4, 1964 regarding the alleged attack on US warships in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Documents which have been available for decades in the LBJ Library show clearly that McNamara failed to inform Johnson that the U.S. naval task group commander in the Tonkin Gulf, Captain John J. Herrick, had changed his mind about the alleged North Vietnamese torpedo attack on U.S. warships he had reported earlier that day.

Dangerous Games in the Strait of Hormuz

EDIT: Please also see this good report from RAW Story: Bogus Iran story was product of Pentagon spokesman
Another good one over at Inter-Press: How the Pentagon Planted a False Hormuz Story


Apparently, the Pentagon thinks you are retarded.

Yes, you, consumer of prefabricated media lies. How else to explain the utterly bogus Strait of Hormuz "incident", that blasted at all of us last week, a tandem operation brought to you by the Pentagon and its all too willing shills in the corporate press?

Pentagon says ships harassed by Iran

By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer, Mon Jan 7

WASHINGTON - An Iranian fleet of high-speed boats charged at and threatened to blow up a three-ship U.S. Navy convoy passing near Iranian waters, then vanished as the American ship commanders were preparing to open fire, the top U.S. Navy commander in the area said Monday...

...At one point the U.S. ships received a threatening radio call from the Iranians, "to the effect that they were closing (on) our ships and that the ships would explode — the U.S. ships would explode," Cosgriff said.

"Subsequently, two of these boats were observed dropping objects in the water, generally in the path of the final ship in the formation, the USS Ingraham," he added. "These objects were white, box-like objects that floated. And, obviously, the ship passed by them safely."

The boxes were not retrieved, so U.S. officials do not know whether they posed an actual threat.

Note the byline. Clearly, this article would be a load of crap even if was submitted anonymously, so I'm not sure that citing an article's lack of a byline really means that much anymore.

Gulf of Tonkin confirmed as False Flag

(For anyone still harboring doubts about the status of the Gulf of Tonkin incident as an example of a False Flag event, a report made public by the NSA clears it up. The existence of the report was revealed a couple of years ago, but the actual report has now been made public, and you can view it via the Federation of American Scientists blog, "Secrecy News". Just in time to coincide with the latest Strait of Hormuz incident, aimed at Iran. -rep.)

Report reveals Vietnam War hoaxes, faked attacks

AFP, Tue Jan 8, 9:45 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) - North Vietnamese made hoax calls to get the US military to bomb its own units during the Vietnam War, according to declassified information that also confirmed US officials faked an incident to escalate the war....

...The author of the report "demonstrates that not only is it not true, as (then US) secretary of defense Robert McNamara told Congress, that the evidence of an attack was 'unimpeachable,' but that to the contrary, a review of the classified signals intelligence proves that 'no attack happened that night,'" FAS said in a statement.

"What this study demonstrated is that the available intelligence shows that there was no attack. It's a dramatic reversal of the historical record," Aftergood said.

"There were previous indications of this but this is the first time we have seen the complete study," he said...


Congressman Ron Paul warns of a new "Gulf of Tonkin"

On Thursday, January 11, 2007, Congressman Ron Paul of Texas (R) (but he's really a Libertarian) hit the house floor and put on the record what many Americans fear might be coming down the pipe; a new Gulf of Tonkin incident to initiate a shooting war with Iran.

"The truth is that Iran, like Iraq, is a third-world nation without a significant military. Nothing in history hints that she is likely to invade a neighboring country, let alone America or Israel. I am concerned, however, that a contrived Gulf of Tonkin- type incident may occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran."

The quote above is from the modified version of Paul's speech, in his newsletter, linked here.

Thanks, Joe, Silent Patriot, and altruist.