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  •  On Gulf of Tonkin (0+ / 0-)

    What are these accounts?

    There's McNamara's words on the public record. He says that the first attack was real, and that the second attack, which the Gulf of Tonkin congressional resolution was based upon was misunderstood and turned out to have not happened. Yet the administration drove forward quickly and obtained a wide-reaching congressional resolution.

    I don't doubt that LBJ wanted to escalate the war. That doesn't mean he arranged to present false testimony or that he arranged an attack to have taken place in order to pursue his policy choice.

    Anyway, this is a side issue. The fact is that an IR specialist for one of the middle east think tanks, well known as an Israeli lobbyist, is promoting the US create the circumstances for attack. Is that not more relevant than this side debate?

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