It is clear now that this alleged attack was nothing less than a transparent pretext / excuse for war. Initial Media descriptions of the attack on the 2nd of August 1964 was that this was an “unprovoked attack” against an US destroyer on a “routine patrol”, but what was not mentioned was that the USS Maddox was providing support for South Vietnamese military. The alleged August 4, 1964 attack appears to be a complete fabrication, with official accounts attributing the “error” to confusion.
This is a video of the speech made by US President Lyndon Johnson reporting the “incident” to the media in 1964
In December 2005 the documents were declassified in Washington, D.C. This is an excerpt of the official report: “The largest U.S. intelligence agency, the National Security Agency, today declassified over 140 formerly top secret documents — histories, chronologies, signals intelligence reports, and oral history interviews — on the August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident. Included in the release is a controversial article by Agency historian Robert J. Hanyok on SIGINT and the Tonkin Gulf which confirms what historians have long argued: that there was no second attack on U.S. ships in Tonkin on August 4, 1964. According to National Security Archive research fellow John Prados, “the American people have long deserved to know the full truth about the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The National Security Agency is to be commended for releasing this piece of the puzzle. The parallels between the faulty intelligence on Tonkin Gulf and the manipulated intelligence used to justify the Iraq War make it all the more worthwhile to re-examine the events of August 1964 in light of new evidence.” Last year, Prados edited a National Security Archive briefing book which published for the first time some of the key intercepts from the Gulf of Tonkin crisis.”
In conclusion, there is no doubt in my mind that the US went to war with Vietnam in 1964 based on a lie that was the Gulf of Tonkin incident. There is also no doubt that this was a lie, since it was declassified. In my opinion, if the powers that be did this (and the evidence clearly exists that they did) they probably won’t hesitate to do it again in order to motivate the American people to get behind them for another war. It also seems that this same model was used to justify the invasion of Afghanistan in 2002 and Iraq in 2003. Like I say in most of my conspiracy posts: If you don’t agree with me, do your own research and come up with your own conclusion.