04 August 2004

August 4, 1964

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Modern history furnishes other examples of incidents deliberately set up to achieve a political result.
The Pentagon Papers disclose that for six months before the Tonkin Gulf incident in August, 1964,
the US had been mounting clandestine military attacks against North Vietnam, including kidnapping
North Vietnamese citizens for intelligence information, commando raids to blow up rail and highway bridges,
and bombardment of North Vietnamese coastal installations by PT boats.(Pentagon Papers, pg. 238).
This was done while planning to obtain a Congressional resolution that the Administration regarded as
an equivalent to a declaration of war. (Pentagon Papers, pg. 234.)
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