Gulf of Tonkin incident 1964… Persian Gulf incident 2006?

Originally published 10/25/06:

The Gulf of Tonkin incident that started the Vietnamese war never really happened.  There was an incident, but it was 2 days earlier.  The one that started the war had US gunboats firing at phantom targets.  We went to war and killed 3 million Vietnamese over a phantom attack.

Now we are about to undertake war games in the Persian Gulf… games that Iran has called “dangerous and suspicious.”  Games that could possibly be used as a pretext for attacking Iran if there is a provocation and response.

“Tehran considers the US sponsored war games in the Persian Gulf, off the Iranian coastline as a provocation, which is intended to trigger a potential crisis and a situation of direct confrontation between US and Iranian naval forces in the Persian Gulf:

“Reports say the US-led naval exercises based near Bahrain will practise intercepting and searching ships carrying weapons of mass destruction and missiles.

Iran’s official news agency IRNA quoted an unnamed foreign ministry official as describing the military manoeuvres as dangerous and suspicious.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonkin_Gulf_incident#The_Incident

“A phantom attack on two U.S. destroyers cruising the Gulf of Tonkin was staged by the Pentagon and the C.I.A. The bogus attack occurred early in August, 1964. That evening President Lyndon Johnson went on television giving the grim details of the non-attack. Later, however, it was revealed that navy commander James Stockdale flew cover over the Gulf of Tonkin that night. Stockdale disclosed that U.S. ships were firing at phantom targets-targets that didn’t exist. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident that drew the U.S. into the quagmire of Viet Nam simply didn’t happen. Johnson, as presidents so often do, lied to the American people. The result was the rapid passage of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which was the sole legal basis for the Viet Nam War. As a result of Johnson’s lie, three million Vietnamese people and fifty eight thousand U.S. soldiers died.” (Charles Sullivan, Global Research, January 2006)

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20061024&articleId=3593

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