Report reveals Vietnam War hoaxes, faked attacks


January 8, 2008 (AFP) — North Vietnamese made hoax calls to get the US military to bomb its own units during the Vietnam War, according to declassified information that also confirmed US officials faked an incident to escalate the war. /SNIP/ But he said that probably the “most historically significant feature” of the declassified report was the retelling of the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident. Full Report

PID Commentary

We find it very interesting that this report rises to the top of today’s news in light of Sunday’s skirmish in the Straits of Hormuz. According to Reuters, ‘Vice Adm. Kevin Cosgriff, the commander of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which is based in the Gulf, said five Iranian fast boats moved aggressively toward the U.S. ships in international waters and their actions were “unduly provocative…” [Cosgriff also said] “The ships received a radio call that was threatening in nature, to the effect that they were closing on our ships and … the U.S. ships would explode.”‘

Although seemingly unrelated, we must also point out that on Monday (the day following the Hormuz incident), ‘Two U.S. Navy fighter jets crashed Monday in the Persian Gulf’. The AP story goes on to quote Lt. John Gay from 5th Fleet’s headquarters in Bahrain” ‘[t]he planes were operating in the “vicinity of the Truman Carrier” at the time of the crash”‘.

The pilots’ mission is said to be ‘routine’ and part of overall ‘support of maritime security for the region’. Lt. Gay denied any connection to Sunday’s incident, but we can’t help wondering about it. Let’s all keep our eyes on the Straits of Hormuz over the next few days and weeks. One Gulf of Tonkin Incident is enough.

NOTE: The 2002 National Security Agency report “Spartans in Darkness: American SIGNINT and the Indochina War, 1945-1975” has now been ‘declassified’. You can or download the PDF. — PID