Tonkin Gulf II and the Guns of August?

the United States provoking war with Iran, to begin
while the Congress is conveniently on its August recess?

One recalls that it was in August 1964, after the
Republicans nominated

Barry Goldwater,
that the Tonkin Gulf incident

Twice it was said, on Aug. 2 and Aug. 4, North
Vietnamese patrol boats had attacked the U.S. destroyers
Maddox and Turner Joy in international
waters. The U.S. Senate responded by voting 88 to two to
authorize President Johnson to assist any Southeast
Asian nation whose government was threatened by
communist aggression.

The bombing of the North began, followed by the arrival
of U.S. Marines. America`s war was on.

Congress prepares for its August recess, the probability
of U.S. air strikes on Iran rises with each week. A
third carrier, the USS Enterprise, and its battle
group is joining the Nimitz and Stennis in

the largest concentration of U.S. naval power ever

off the coast of Iran.

And Tonkin Gulf II may have already occurred.

Baghdad, on July 1, Gen.

Kevin J. Bergner
charged that Iranians planned the
January raid in Karbala, using commandos in
American-style uniforms, that resulted in the death of
five U.S. soldiers.

The New York Times reports, this "marks the
first time that the United States has charged that
Iranian officials have helped plan operations against
American troops in Iraq and have had advance knowledge
of specific attacks that have led to the death of
American soldiers."
Ties Iran to Deadly Iraq Attack
, By Michael R.
Gordon, July 2, 2007

The Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards is
using Hezbollah to train Shiites to attack our soldiers
and providing them with enhanced IEDs that have killed
scores of U.S. troops, Bergner charged. He says we have
captured a veteran Hezbollah agent and documents
pointing to direct Iranian complicity in the Karbala

Iran has denounced the charge as "ridiculous."
But the Senate has voted 97 to zero to censure Iran for
complicity in killing the Americans.

what Bergner alleges is true, President Bush has not
only the right but appears to have the blessing of
Congress to attack Iran. And he now has the naval and
air forces at hand. What is stopping him?

For it is surely not Congress, which buried a resolution
last spring declaring that Bush must come to Congress
before taking us into a new war in the Middle East.
Congress appears to be signaling Bush: "If you
want to hit Iran, you have the green light. No need to
consult us."

this yet another abdication by Congress of its moral and
constitutional duty to decide when and whether America
goes to war?

And something smells awfully fishy here.

Iran has no interest in a war with the United States,
which it seems to be toying with. Iran supports the
pro-American Shia regime in Baghdad. And the al-Qaida
umbrella group in Iraq, which is our mortal enemy, has
just warned Iran it faces terror attacks if it does not
stop supporting Shiites in Iraq.

Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who leads the al-Qaida group known
as the Islamic State in Iraq, says his fighters have
been preparing for four years for war on Iran:

"We are giving the Persians, and especially the rulers
of Iran, a two-month period to end all kinds of support
for the Iraqi Shiite government and to stop direct and
indirect intervention—otherwise a severe war is waiting
for you,"

al-Baghdadi said in a 50-minute videotape.

Al-Baghdadi also warned Arab Sunnis in the region who do
business with Shiites in Iran that they were inviting

Query: If Iran`s ally, the Maliki government, is our
ally, and if Iran`s enemy, al-Qaida in Iraq, is our
enemy, why would Iran use the Quds Force to attack
Americans and risk U.S. retaliation?

Killing Americans in Iraq is not going to defeat the
United States. But it could trigger heavy U.S.
retaliation, not only on the Quds Force, but on Iran`s
nuclear facilities—and a war with the United States. Yet
Iran`s diplomatic behavior suggests it wishes to avoid
such a war.

Another explanation comes to mind. Iran is not
initiating, but is responding to U.S.-inspired attacks
inside Iran, in the Kurdish north, the Arab southwest
and the Baluchi southeast of its country. Was Karbala an
attempted kidnapping to exchange U.S. soldiers for the
five Iranian "diplomats" we are holding?

Has Bush secretly authorized covert attacks inside Iran?
Are U.S. and Israeli agents in Kurdistan behind the
attacks across the border to provoke Iran? On July 11,
Iranian troops clashed with Kurd rebels inside Iran, and
the Iranians fired artillery back into Iraq.

Why is Congress going on vacation? Why are a
Democratic-controlled House and Senate not asking these
questions in public hearings? Why is Congress letting
Bush and Vice President Cheney decide whether we launch
a third war in the Middle East?

is Congress in on it?



Patrick J. Buchanan

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