Is the Straight of Hormuz the new Gulf of Tonkin?

The theocratic tyrants running Iran are of course capable of all sorts of misguided action. So it’s entirely possible that the incident in the Straight of Hormuz on Sunday, when 5 Iranian craft apparently buzzed three US ships, is the smoking gun Bush and his neo-cons are looking for as provocation for future military action against Iran. 

Of course the Iranian government has no corner on the market for treachery.  This wouldn’t be the first time an American government used exaggeration or outright fabrication to drag the country into a disastrous war.  And this practise isn’t unique to the Republicans either.   I’m not talking about imagined weapons of mass destruction.   I’m talking about Democrat Lyndon Johnson and the Gulf of Tonkin resolution which paved the way for undeclared war in Viet Nam.

Johnson knowingly lied to Congress in using the Gulf of Tonkin Incident to dupe Congress into the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which granted Johnson the authority to use military force without a declaration of war.

It’s impossible to know the facts since neither government can be trusted, but here is an interesting analysis from the National Iranian American Council.   

3 comments for “Is the Straight of Hormuz the new Gulf of Tonkin?

  1. January 10, 2008 at 9:47 am

    I think SM and Lawson have good points. I have already heard that our fearless leader, apparrently worried that history won’t judge him well enough, doesn’t want to leave office with Iran with nuclear capability. He will at least want to provide the press with something to write about whether it’s productive or not.

  2. January 9, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    This issue is too obvious to not wonder about. Apart from the few Mahmoud Ahmadinejads, Iranians are not idiots and know they are walking a tight line between the US and Israel. I have a hard time wondering if perhaps the Bushies would not like to quick sneak a missile attack in before leaving office…

  3. January 9, 2008 at 12:20 am

    The minute I heard about this Hormuz incident, the first thing I thought of was Gulf of Tonkin. Very scary stuff indeed. Could Bush be willing to start a war with Iran and leave it up to his successor to sort out? I think it’s a grave possibility. The partisanship Bush has espoused would lead us to believe that he could sabotage a democratic presidency by making the current war even more unwinnable…

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