Originally Posted by SoCalBronco
Ofcourse it was a covert action...yet that hardly makes it illegal, even without the declaration of a war. The language of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution gave the President wide authority not just in Vietnam, but in Southeast Asia. Considering the communists were using bases in Cambodia to launch campaigns and then to retreat back across the border, I have no problem with the US attacking them there in 1970 to try and clear it out, especially given that we had been given the OK by the sovereign at the time.
The only thing worse than a stupid American is a stupid American on steroids.
Of course it was illegal. As we know, the Gulf of Tonkin resolution was the result of an attack that never happened. There was no incident. It was a lie -- made up by the CIA -- who deceived LBJ.
Here is Ray McGovern's analysis about how the CIA lied to LBJ.
By the way, this overthrows the prevalent but incorrect belief that the CIA was created to provide intel to the president. If that was the purpose - then why did the CIA deceive LBJ?
This case -- and a lot of other evidence -- supports the view that the CIA was created to look after the interests of Wall Street. The CIA started the Viet Nam war in the 1950s -= and ran it until the major troop build up that happened in 1965 -- a direct result of the Tonkin "incident."
Wall Street wanted the Viet Nam war -- because a small group of investment bankers profited immensely. Everyone else lost. The US military killed millions of people and destroyed one of the most important rainforests on the planet -- all paid for by the US taxpayer.
And -- given what is happening today -- we failed to learn our lesson.