Media and government falsehoods were responsible for one of the bloodiest wars in US history and it all began 54 years ago today in the Gulf of Tonkin.
It’s said, one of America’s fiercest wars in history, Vietnam, commenced after the United States had been attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin in the South China Sea. Though, over the past 54 years, a torrent of info and government officials have come forward indicating that mostly everything the media and the government told Americans about the Gulf of Tonkin was a falsity.
In the 2003 documentary The Fog of War, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara confessed that the August 4th Gulf of Tonkin attack never occurred.
In 1995, McNamara visited former Vietnam People’s Army General Võ Nguyên Giáp to ask what transpired on August 4, 1964 in the second Gulf of Tonkin Incident. “Absolutely nothing”, Giáp countered. Giáp asserted that the attack had been fictional.
According to the widely contradicted official story, on 2 August 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox, while conducting a signals intelligence patrol as part of DESOTO operations, was hunted by 3 North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats of the 135th Torpedo Squadron. The North Vietnamese torpedo boats then ambushed with machine gun fire and torpedoes.
Two days later, according to the confirmed story, on 4 August 1962, the NSA reported that a second Gulf of Tonkin incident happened and United States ships were assaulted once again.
The next day, without probing, on 5 August 1964, the NY Times reported “President Johnson has ordered retaliatory action against gunboats and ‘certain supporting facilities in North Vietnam’ after heightened attacks against American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.”
Additional outlets, like the Washington Post, relentlessly reiterated this claim.
In 2010, more than 1,100 transcripts from the Vietnam era were disclosed, validating officials and Congress raised serious doubts about the intel fed to them by the White House and the Pentagon.
Now, even retired military officials are even warning us about more staged events to suck us into war.
“I think the president needs to watch carefully for the potential for something like the Gulf of Tonkin incident,” Col. Macgregor stated.
“Many of your viewers may not remember that it never happened and we could very well be treated to something like that in the Gulf. We should watch for that, and this is an example of President Trump’s comments on fake news, he should not be sabotaged by fake news.”
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