Bush Searching for His Own Gulf of Tonkin Incident?

As the Bush Administration is ratcheting up the rhetoric against Iran, it seems
the President is desperately searching, and has been for some time, for a reason to instigate a war with Iran.

Whatever the justification: oil, beginning WWIII, or “bad intelligence,” the President needs a direct attack on US troops or America to be able to rally the support he needs for this new war.

This tactic was used to escalate the war in Vietnam, and has come to be known as the “Gulf of Tonkin Incident.” According to Wikipedia:

“The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was an alleged pair of attacks by naval forces of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam against two American destroyers, the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy. The attacks occurred on 2 and 4 August 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin. Later research, including a report released in 2005 by the National Security Agency, indicated that the second attack most likely did not occur…

The outcome of the incident was the passage of the Southeast Asia Resolution (better known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution), which granted Johnson the authority to assist any Southeast Asian country whose governments were jeopardized by communist aggression and which served as Johnson’s legal justification for escalating American involvement in the Vietnam Conflict.”

It looks like the Bush Administration has found what they think might increase support for their war:

“The Pentagon is investigating whether a recent attack on a military compound in Karbala was carried out by Iranians or Iranian-trained operatives, two officials from separate U.S. government agencies said…

The five soldiers were abducted and killed in the sophisticated attack by men wearing American-style uniforms, according to U.S. military reports.

Both officials stressed the Iranian-involvement theory is a preliminary view, and there is no final conclusion. They agreed this possibility is being looked at because of the sophistication of the attack and the level of coordination.”

So according to officials, there is absolutely no proof that Iran had anything to do with this attack – except that it seemed professional. But yet, the media is jumping all over this as though it were already proven, just as they did in the lead up to the Iraq war.

Will the US go to war again based on faulty evidence, unproven facts and simple conjecture from the White House?

In-depth List of Positions on Iraq Troop Surge

The “liberal media” has been discussing the Bush/McCain doctrine of increasing troop levels much of this week, with Fox specifically claiming the support for said doctrine falls along party lines.

Unfortunately, this claim turns out to be false. Below, find a comprehensive list of positions the top politicians have staked out on escalation.

For
the Bush Administration
John McCain
Joe Lieberman
Mitch McConnell
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC)
Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO)
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ)
Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)

Against
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
Oliver North
“Nearly All” troops on the ground
61% of Americans
No. 2 Gen in Iraq: Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno
Tony Blair
Democratic House/Senate Leadership (Pelosi, Reid, Hoyer)
Chuck Hagel (R – NE)
John Ensign – (R – NV)
Specter
Heather Wilson (R – NM)
Norm Coleman (R – MN)
Kit Bond (R – MO)
Sen. Gordon Smith (R – OR)
Susan Collins (R – ME)
Olympia Snowe (R – ME)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO)
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA)
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA)
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)
Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA)
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE)
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) *
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gen. Abizaid
Gen. Casey
John Edwards
Wesley Clark
Ted Kennedy
Dennis Kucinich
Colin Powell
John Kerry
Russ Feingold
Tom Vilsack
Bill Richardson
Sen. John Warner (R-VA)
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)

Reserving Judgment
John Ensign – (R – NV)
Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN)
Trent Lott (R – MS)
Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL)
Sen. Saxby Chamblis (R-GA)
Sen. John Sununu (R-NH)
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Rep. Bill Young (R-FL)
Rep. John McHugh (R-NY)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Sen. John Tester (D-MT)
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL)
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO)
Chuck Grassley (R – IA)
John A. Boehner (R – OH)

* Levin is in favor of sending more troops as long as Bush agrees to begin withdrawing in 6 months.

Would You Like Some Hate with That Cup of Coffee?

Vicious, racist, anti-American pundit Glenn Beck will be joining “Good Morning America” as a regular commentator:

“‘Glenn is a leading cultural commentator with a distinct voice,’ said Jim Murphy, senior executive producer of ‘Good Morning America.’ ‘At times, he is the perfect guest for many of the talk topics we cover on morning news programs.'”

Perfect guest? Sure, if “Good Morning America” has bought a time machine and plans on airing during Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

Make sure you spiff up that brown shirt, Beck!

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