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Fri Apr 28, 2017, 06:31 PM Apr 2017

Does anyone remember the Gulf of Tonkin incident? [View all]

It was August 2nd, 1964.


In the first few days of August 1964, a series of events off the coast of North Vietnam and decisions made in Washington, D.C., set the United States on a course that would largely define the next decade and weigh heavily on American foreign policy to this day. What did and didn’t happen in the Gulf of Tonkin on August 2 and 4 has long been in dispute, but the decisions that the Johnson Administration and Congress made based on an interpretation of those events were undeniably monumental.

While many facts and details have emerged in the past 44 years to persuade most observers that some of the reported events in the Gulf never actually happened, key portions of the critical intelligence information remained classified until recently.


n late 2007, that information was finally made public when an official National ­Security Agency (NSA) history of signals intelligence (SIGINT) in Vietnam, written in 2002, was released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. With that report, after nearly four decades, the NSA officially reversed its verdict on the events of August 4, 1964, that had led that night to President Lyndon Johnson’s televised message to the nation: “The initial attack on the destroyer Maddox, on August 2, was repeated today by a number of hostile vessels attacking two U.S. destroyers with torpedoes…. Air action is now in execution against gunboats and certain supporting facilities in North Vietnam which have been used in these hostile operations.”

The next day, the president addressed Congress, seeking the power to “to take all necessary measures in support of freedom and in defense of peace in Southeast Asia.”

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The Pentagon Papers makes for a sobering read. BSdetect Apr 2017 #1
+100 kentuck Apr 2017 #2
The US Government never learns from history. guillaumeb Apr 2017 #3
and the economy will tank.... spanone Apr 2017 #18
And the GOP wil blame lavish welfare spending guillaumeb Apr 2017 #20
US government sponsored fake news HoneyBadger Apr 2017 #4
4 sure McCamy Taylor Apr 2017 #5
Who knows how many American soldiers died after the Gulf of Tonkin resolution passed? L. Coyote Apr 2017 #6
Yep. kentuck Apr 2017 #7
American military personnel deaths in Vietnam sarge43 Apr 2017 #10
Today is the 30th anniversary of Ben Linder's assassination in Nicaragua. L. Coyote Apr 2017 #8
Saw a documentary zentrum Apr 2017 #9
Sure do radical noodle Apr 2017 #11
Years ago I had a very good friend who was on board the Turner Joy that day. Mr.Bill Apr 2017 #12
Barely Omaha Steve Apr 2017 #13
Not to mention the pretense with which we went to war in Iraq. Amaryllis Apr 2017 #14
Yes and don't forget the WMD nonsense tragedy SHRED Apr 2017 #15
Yes, and I have referred to it on DU whenever the topic of "legitimate news sources" comes up. WinkyDink Apr 2017 #16
Remember the Maine! tclambert Apr 2017 #17
yeah, I went through two diapers that day. Demonaut Apr 2017 #19
I was 15 and remember that it sounded fishy even then. VOX Apr 2017 #21
I remember this incident Gothmog Apr 2017 #22
Yes. Turned out to be a fake. Liberal In Texas Apr 2017 #23
I don't remember it since I wasn't born yet, but I read about it. Buckeye_Democrat Apr 2017 #24
Yes! Vividely! burrowowl Apr 2017 #25
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