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CIA, Iran and the Gulf of Tonkin

The bizarre accounts of the Strait of Hormuz incident is so reminiscent of what happened in 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin.

By Ray McGovern

When the Tonkin Gulf incident took place in early August 1964, I was a journeyman CIA analyst in what Condoleezza Rice refers to as “the bowels of the agency.”

As a current intelligence analyst responsible for Russian policy toward Southeast Asia and China, I worked very closely with those responsible for analysis of Vietnam and China.

Out of that experience I must say that, as much as one might be tempted to laugh at the bizarre theatrical accounts of the incident involving small Iranian boats and U.S. naval ships in the Strait of Hormuz, this is—as my old Russian professor used to insist—nothing to laugh.

(See U.S. video: U.S.-Iran Gulf confrontation)

(See Iranian video: Iranian version of Persian Gulf incident)

The situation is


Added: Jan-19-2008 
By: A-A-M
Iraq, Iran, Middle East
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