Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Truth Matters

"In late 2005 the National Security Agency leaked an internal review concluding there were multiple intelligrence errors in 1964 contributing to the determination that a second attack occurred. The documentary record of those errors had been deliberately altered and kept secret for more than forty years."

Gordon M. Godlstein, Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam

This revelation refers to the Gulf of Tonkin incident and the supposed second attack on the USS Maddox, which LBJ used to wrangle a nearly unanimous Congressional resolution to expand military operations in Vietnam. Sound familiar: I guess we should be happy that recent intelligence and presidential errors related to WMDs and Iraq surfaced relatively quickly.

It's fair to say that both boys from Texas were itching for a fight and more than willing to put troops in harms way to satisfy their need to do something. The errors and misakes mounted with devastating human consequences.

To have kept the Gulf of Tonkin errors secret for so long is immoral given what Vietnam and our country experienced. Telling the truth matters.

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