Monday, January 7, 2008

The Gulf Of Tonkin Revisited

The Bush Administration has, by its own admission, been flying drones onto Iranian territory for months, breaching Iranian air space. The US and British navies have consistently also strayed into Iranian waters in the Straits of Hormuz.

Today, in an incident reminiscent of the fracases in the Gulf of Tonkin some 44 years ago, the US navy is claiming that it was harassed by Iranian gunboats in what it terms a "significant provocative act." MSNBC reports:

Military officials told NBC News that two U.S. Navy destroyers and one frigate were heading into the Persian Gulf through the international waters of the Strait of Hormuz when five armed "fast boats" of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard approached a high speed, darting in and out of the formation.

I am not sure what the US government would do if Iranian frigates entered US waters on a regular basis, but I see another attempt to propagandize the situation into a position where war becomes possible, if not a “necessary and unavoidable act.”

The Bush-Cheney administration is the most dangerous government body on the planet.

1 comment:

Todd Dugdale said...

I heard on NPR today that the video they showed of this terrible incursion was simply file footage.

Yeah, they showed speedboats that could have Iranian, but they didn't do anything threatening. Surely the government wouldn't manufacture a false threat to justify military action...again.

We have ships there ostensibly to guarantee the free flow of oil through the Straits of Hormuz. Nobody is stopping the flow of oil. End of discussion, no matter how you feel about Iran.