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Thu Jun 20, 2019, 08:36 PM

Next Contestant, Iran: Meet America's Permanent War Formula

Here we go again. Iran has not only shot down an American spy drone over the Strait of Hormuz, but refuses to feel bad about it.

Iran’s General Hossein Salami — one assumes this is a real person — said of the drone downing, “We are completely ready for the war. Today’s incident is a clear sign of this accurate message.”

We all know what this means. This aggression will not stand, man.

Depending on who’s doing the counting, the United States has attempted to overthrow foreign governments roughly 72 times since World War II. The script is often the same, and the Iran drama is following it. Go back through history and you’ll often see these elements:

A FARAWAY STATE COMMITS AN ACT OF “AGGRESSION”

In August of 1964, Lyndon Johnson told the American people that North Vietnamese, in an “outrage,” fired at the USS Maddox and two destroyers in “open aggression on the high seas.” Explaining that “our response, for the present, will be limited and fitting,” LBJ assured us that “firmness in the right is indispensable today for peace.”

We now know there was no second torpedo attack by the North Vietnamese. Cables suggested the U.S. was returning fire because an “overeager sonarman… was hearing ship’s own propeller beat.”

A year later, Johnson himself would say, “For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.”

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https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/iran-trump-america-permanent-war-formula-850712/

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Thu Jun 20, 2019, 09:12 PM

1. Good article

Here we are, halfway around the world, thumping our chests with naval task forces, troops, etc. backed by perhaps the mightiest military force in the world all the while calling our position "defensive". And somebody flinches.

Again.

What haven't we seen before?

"Would we consider ourselves aggressors if we shot down an Iranian drone in Cape Cod Bay?"

No Shit.

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