Recently our government claimed that Iranian ships had threatened U.S. naval ships stationed in the Straight of Hormuz. President Bush was quick to tell Iran (and the rest of the world) that they should be prepared for retaliation, should we feel threatened or attacked.
Now the Iranian government [has] released tapes quite different from the story our government claimed transpired, [indicating] no threats, just routine conversation … .
Is it plausible that the Iranian government edited the conversations … ? Sure. But it is just as conceivable that our government lied in [order] to plead their case for long-held aggression towards Iran.
Do you recall the Gulf of Tonkin incident that led the United States full swing into military action in Vietnam? In August 1964, [President Lyndon Baines Johnson ordered an] attack on North Vietnamese ships after claiming that we had been attacked first, [although] the captain of the USS Maddox [had] pointed out that conditions at sea made it impossible for him to say without a doubt that we had been attacked and recommended an investigation during daylight hours to obtain solid evidence before we retaliated.
LBJ did not listen. In fact, this gave him the opportunity that he had been looking for … to ask Congress for authorization to expand military action in Vietnam. The Gulf of Tonkin resolution was LBJ’s blank check, along with later administrations’, to do whatever they saw fit in Vietnam—regardless of terrible policy, large numbers of casualties etc.
I would argue that the current administration is looking for their next blank check. All they need is a good story to scare people, and … we will find ourselves walking down a familiar road—likely with the same consequences and the same terrible outcome.
Why you should care? Well, there’s an election coming up, silly! It’s the most important election of my life and yours (unless you were alive in the ‘60s). You must educate yourself on where the candidates stand on issues in the Middle East—what their game plan is to get us out of this quagmire … . We should not be and are not the world police. It’s time we stop acting as though we have the solutions to everyone’s problems—that it’s our way or the war path.
— Shanna Jensen