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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 10:34 AM
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JFK Would NEVER Have Fallen for Phony INTEL!
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Do you think President John F. Kennedy would have fallen for the phony intelligence stating North Vietnam attacked U.S. warships in the Gulf of Tonkin?

I think not.

Analysis Casts Doubt on Vietnam War Claims

The Associated Press
Friday, December 2, 2005; 5:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- Another war, another set of faulty intelligence findings behind it.

Forty years before the United States invaded Iraq believing Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, it widened a war in Vietnam apparently convinced the enemy had launched an unprovoked attack on two U.S. Navy destroyers.

Papers declassified by the National Security Agency point to a series of bungled intelligence findings on the purported clash in the Gulf of Tonkin that led Congress to endorse President Johnson's escalation of the Vietnam conflict in August 1964.

Among the documents released Thursday is an article written by NSA historian Robert J. Hanyok for the agency's classified publication, Cryptologic Quarterly. In it, he declares that his review of the complete intelligence shows beyond doubt "no attack happened that night."

Claims that North Vietnamese boats attacked two U. S. Navy destroyers on Aug. 4, 1964 _ just two days after an initial assault on one of those ships _ rallied Congress behind Johnson's build-up of the war. The so-called Gulf of Tonkin resolution passed three days later empowered him to take "all necessary steps" in the region and opened the way for large-scale commitment of U.S. forces.


Here's the National Security Action Memorandum in which he signed orders to pull U.S. forces out of Vietnam:

Here's the National Security Action Memorandum in which his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, countermanded JFK's orders. It stated the U.S. would extend whatever help needed to the government of South Vietnam.

Text version and details:

No wonder LBJ and J Edgar Hoover hoisted the phony Warren Commission on America: War is good business.

Just like today.
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