Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Bush Searching for His Own Gulf of Tonkin Incident?

As the Bush Administration is ratcheting up the rhetoric against Iran, it seems
the President is desperately searching, and has been for some time, for a reason to instigate a war with Iran.

Whatever the justification: oil, beginning WWIII, or "bad intelligence," the President needs a direct attack on US troops or America to be able to rally the support he needs for this new war.

This tactic was used to escalate the war in Vietnam, and has come to be known as the "Gulf of Tonkin Incident." According to Wikipedia:

"The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was an alleged pair of attacks by naval forces of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam against two American destroyers, the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy. The attacks occurred on 2 and 4 August 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin. Later research, including a report released in 2005 by the National Security Agency, indicated that the second attack most likely did not occur...

The outcome of the incident was the passage of the Southeast Asia Resolution (better known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution), which granted Johnson the authority to assist any Southeast Asian country whose governments were jeopardized by communist aggression and which served as Johnson's legal justification for escalating American involvement in the Vietnam Conflict."

It looks like the Bush Administration has found what they think might increase support for their war:

"The Pentagon is investigating whether a recent attack on a military compound in Karbala was carried out by Iranians or Iranian-trained operatives, two officials from separate U.S. government agencies said...

The five soldiers were abducted and killed in the sophisticated attack by men wearing American-style uniforms, according to U.S. military reports.

Both officials stressed the Iranian-involvement theory is a preliminary view, and there is no final conclusion. They agreed this possibility is being looked at because of the sophistication of the attack and the level of coordination."

So according to officials, there is absolutely no proof that Iran had anything to do with this attack - except that it seemed professional. But yet, the media is jumping all over this as though it were already proven, just as they did in the lead up to the Iraq war.

Will the US go to war again based on faulty evidence, unproven facts and simple conjecture from the White House?