Report reveals Vietnam War hoaxes, faked attacks
When history is made, it can be front-page news; yet when it is corrected few hear about it.
(Or you skip over it, like me! NP Contributor Rene' posted about this story yesterday morning, but I missed it in the search I did today. Please check out the discussion below and additional information on the origins of this "report" the FAS is claiming to be new from the NSA. It appears that this is a rehashing of previously declassified documents [2005-2006] and *not* a new NSA report.)
This morning, the AFP newswire (as posted on Yahoo News) published a sotry on the newly released and previously classified report on the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident. Previously, it was thought that the North Vietnamese were able to penitrate the Allied communication system and they were able to make hoax calls that forced the U.S. to attack and kill its own forces.
The report does show that it was sometimes possible for the North Vietnamse to break into the Allied communications system. However, it also shows that the attack never happened.
The U.S. faked the attack to escalate troop deployment into Vietnam. Hopefully revisions to history books are being made, lesson plans being changed and opinions of those who ever thought otherwise are being corrected.
That was a reported North Vietnamese attack on American destroyers that helped lead to president Lyndon Johnson's sharp escalation of American forces in Vietnam.
The author of the report "demonstrates that not only is it not true, as (then US) secretary of defense Robert McNamara told Congress, that the evidence of an attack was 'unimpeachable,' but that to the contrary, a review of the classified signals intelligence proves that 'no attack happened that night,'" FAS said in a statement.
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