The Gulf of Tonkin Incident

Reports of US vessels being attacked by the North Vietnamese on 2 separate occasions, August 2 and August 4, 1964, are called collectively the Gulf of Tonkin incident.  The Gulf of Tonkin Incident allowed President Johnson to expand the Vietnam War through the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution without a Congressional Declaration of War.

Supposedly, they were fired on, and there were gun battles, and by the time it was said and done the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed by the Congress at the urging of President Johnson, and we were all happy and comfortable in our little bubble, knowing that the US government was keeping us all safe.

Oh, by the way, it turns out it was, like 99% of everything else our government tells us, all a big lie that was used to justify entering a corporate, for-profit war…

In 2003, in the documentary, “The Fog of War”, defense secretary at the time of the ‘incident’, Robert S. McNamara admitted that the whole event was fabricated as a justification for going to war with North Vietnam, but here’s just a little background as to why the big lie was felt to be necessary…

Starting in 1961, the CIA began covert operations in the area known as ‘Operation Plan 34-Alpha’, where they purchased boats from Norway, manned them with South Vietnamese personnel, and carried out attacks against the North Vietnamese under the direction of the United States Pacific Command. They also hired Thai mercenaries to run bombing missions in Laotian aircraft.

When subversive measures and covert operations where determined to not be getting the job done effectively enough, they decided to move from secrecy regarding the American people to outright deception. And when questioned about it later, President Johnson lied in his testimony to the US Congress by saying that the alleged ‘attacks’ were unprovoked, when we had been running covert operations for 3 years at the time.

You know, it’s the same as what we do now in countries like Libya and Syria that we want to overthrow. The playbook hasn’t changed people, it’s about time that we all caught on…