Lying U.S. Politicians, Invasion of Vietnam, Thousands of Deaths
Lying U.S. politicians preceding invasions of a foreign nation would be standard practice starting with the U.S. invasion of Korea in 1948 and continue well into the 21st Century, with the major 21st Century invasions on lies obvious to almost anyone: the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
In Vietnam, the lie used by President Lyndon Johnson was that North Vietnam attacked an American destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin. One of the results of that lie and the many that followed included:
58,000 American military personnel killed, leaving behind widows, children, parents, with the grief and the financial problems that accompanies the deaths.
Thousands of amputees and mental basket cases, suffering for the remainder of their lives.
The sufferings of the military personnel during the invasion.
An estimated million Vietnamese killed during the U.S. military invasion.
An estimated 40,000 murdered in the CIA's program.
Americans that refused to go to Vietnam—refused to engage in the slaughter based on serial lying by U.S. politicians—were imprisoned, hunted down in Operation Tailwind, and called cowards by war-mongering U.S. media personnel.
An August 1964 New York Times article stated: "President Johnson has ordered retaliatory action against gunboats and 'certain supporting facilities in North Vietnam' after renewed attacks against American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin." That politician handout—repeated by media personnel as the New York Times did with the lies preceding the U.S. invasion of Iraq many years later—was a lie. There was no attack upon a U.S. destroyer patrolling in international waters in the Gulf of Tonkin several days earlier, on August 2, 1964. There was no initial attack, and there were no subsequent attacks. They were lies by U.S. politicians and military officers.
The U.S. destroyer Maddox was involved in intelligence-gathering maneuvers in unison with boats from the South Vietnamese navy attacking North Vietnamese targets. After the lie was fabricated, President Lyndon Johnson ordered U.S. military to attack North Vietnam, which led to years of U.S. military personnel becoming cannon fodder to another war started by White House politicians.
U.S. Navy pilot James Stockdale, who was flying in the area of the U.S. destroyer, later stated: "I had the best seat in the house to watch that event, and our destroyers were just shooting at phantom targets. There were no PT boats there; there was nothing there but black water and American fire power." Captain John J. Herrick, commander of the U.S. task force, denied that there was any attack.
Actually, covert U.S. military operations had been ongoing against North Vietnam for some time.
The New York Times wrote, “The President went to the American people last night with the somber facts." Another newspaper acting as Johnson’s shill, the Los Angeles Times, encouraged the people “to face the fact that the Communists, by their attack on American vessels in international waters, have themselves escalated the hostilities."
A number of books had been written revealing the truth about White House politicians lying to bring the United States into a war that would kill thousands of U.S. military personnel. If lined up in a row, the bodies would stretch for seven miles. Ironically, most Americans did nothing to halt the slaughter, and many supported the liars and the lying.
Numerous books revealed the lying and revealed that it was U.S. forces conducting military strikes against North Vietnam all along, and that the reversed was fabricated to justify the war that would kill over a million people.
Members of Congress Supported the Lies and the Deadly War Based Upon the Lies
With the help of media people who withheld the truth from the people and instead parroted the lies by White House politicians, members of Congress supported the subsequent war against North Vietnam on August 7, 1964, with only two senators opposing: Senators Wayne Morse of Oregon and Ernest Gruening of Alaska. The resolution passed by members of Congress authorized the president "to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression." That, of course, led to 58,000 dead Americans.
Amnesia of Most Indulgent Americans
Years later, in the 1990s, syndicated columnist Sydney Schanberg warned media people and the public:
Not to forget our unquestioning chorus of agreeability when Lyndon Johnson bamboozled us with his fabrication of the Gulf of Tonkin incident. … The apparent amnesia of the wider American public. … We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth."
And did most media people, and most of the public forget? They sure did, or they didn’t give a damn about the horror they were supporting. Of course, many people in the media secretly receive payments for this type of deception.
A Washington Post headline (August 5, 1964), reporting what White House politicians stated, said: "American Planes Hit North Vietnam After Second Attack on Our Destroyers; Move Taken to Halt New Aggression." With this lie, White House politicians, assisted by shills in other government offices, invaded Vietnam and started a war that would kill 58,000 U.S. personnel, maim tens of thousands of others, and kill over one million Vietnamese trying to protect their country. A New York Times article stated: "President Johnson has ordered retaliatory action against gunboats and 'certain supporting facilities in North Vietnam' after renewed attacks against American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin." The lie fabricated the fact that Vietnam gunboats had attacked a U.S. destroyer that was patrolling in international waters in the Gulf of Tonkin several days earlier, on August 2, 1964. There was no initial attack, and there were no subsequent attacks. They were lies by U.S. politicians and military officers.
President Lyndon Johnson stated during a speech (Aug. 4, 1964), as approvingly reported by the New York Times: "The president went to the American people last night with the somber facts." An editorial in the Los Angeles Times urged Americans to "face the fact that the Communists, by their attack on American vessels in international waters, have themselves escalated the hostilities."
In 1965, Lyndon Johnson commented: "For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there."
A similar pattern of lies preceded the political decisions that invaded Korea, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, with more of the same to follow.