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As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleges that Iran attacked two vessels in the Gulf of Oman without any substantial evidence except for, “based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping.”

In fact, even CBS News reported the Japanese owner of the oil tanker, Kokuka Courageous, that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman contradicted Pompeo’s and the US’ account of the incident.

The Ron Paul Liberty Report, and Jake Morphonios of Blackstone Intelligence both discussed the incident and compared it to the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, which of course immediately escalated US involvement in Vietnam. The two videos, a combined two-hours in length, can be seen here and here.

And actually, as I was writing this article and linking sources, Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Liberty Report were in the middle of this video on their YouTube channel, entitled ‘Credibility Crisis, No One Believes Pompeo on Iran,’ so be sure to check it out.

Back to the Gulf of Tonkin. It’s the latest false flag attack I wish to discuss with you today, so let me go ahead and first provide a little background on the subject.

The incident occurred on two separate occasions. The first on August 2nd, 1964, and the second on August 4th, 1964. The story goes that North Vietnamese warships fired upon the USS Maddox, a naval ship passing through international waters. The second attack on August 4th prompted President Lyndon Johnson to sign the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

Now, does the official story continue to hold up?


Contradicting Historical Evidence

On August 2nd, 1964, the Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred when the USS Maddox, supposedly set forth for a peaceful mission reported a surprise attack from North Vietnamese warships in the Gulf of Tonkin.

The Maddox reported another attack two days later on August 4th, prompting President Lyndon Johnson to launch strikes in retaliation and signing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which greatly escalated US involvement in Vietnam.

While the story held water for years, with the US government repeatedly stating it did nothing to provoke an attack while the Johnson administration maintained it acted with restraint, citing retaliatory strikes following the second attack, it was later found that the USS Maddox was not acting peacefully.

My evidence is as follows and for further review, Freedom Flames, simply click the highlighted links which will funnel you to the appropriate sources.

As outlined in Operations Plan (OPLAN) 34-A, the US looked to sabotage and north Vietnamese operations in Vietnam as early as January 7th, 1964, as well as expand Intel missions into the region.

Gulf of Tonkin incident
Action shot depicting the battle.

Also stated in OPLAN 34-A is, “Sabotage and propaganda operations in North Vietnam in the last year and a half have been most disappointing,” in the words of McGeorge Bundy, National Security Advisor at the time to the Johnson administration.

What was the USS Maddox really doing so close to North Vietnamese territory?

It was in fact, conducting maritime raids on North Vietnamese coastal targets, assisting South Vietnam in such raids. Prior to the August 2nd engagement, the Maddox approached two offshore islands it saw as targets, Hon Me, and Hon Ngu.

While the battle did occur in international waters, North Vietnam made the connection between the Maddox’s actions and the 34-A raids, pointing to evidence that the USS Maddox most likely initiated the first shots.

Also, as outlined in the NSA’s archives made available to the public forty years after the attack occurred in 2004, there’s evidence that the August 4th attack never happened at all.

Navy pilot James Stockdale, who was at the scene, can be quoted as to writing, “No boats, no boat wakes, no ricochets off boats, no boat impacts, no torpedo wakes—nothing but black sea and American firepower.”

Stockdale later wrote, “There was absolutely no gunfire except our own, no PT boat wakes, not a candlelight let alone a burning ship.”

Stockdale did state, however, that the USS C Turner Joy, which Johnson had ordered to accompany the Maddox, point her guns at the supposedly attacked destroyer.

Captain John C. Herrick, commander of the destroyer division to which the Maddox belonged, radioed into the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC), stating he was doubtful of many of the aspects regarding the August 4th attack.

Herrick’s report stated, “A review of the action makes many reported contacts and torpedoes fired appear doubtful. Freak weather effects on radar, and overeager sonarmen may have accounted for various reports. No visual sightings had been reported by the Maddox, and the Commander suggests that a complete evaluation be undertaken before any further action.”

You can review the source in full at this link: Essay: 40th Anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, by John Prados

As stated in the Corbett Report, this attack ‘had been suppressed long enough to have its intended effect: rallying the public for war.’



I hope I presented a well-crafted counterargument to the incident that kick-started one of the bloodiest conflicts in World History. For my international readers, you may know of this conflict as the American War, as it’s stated in many corners of the world. We here in the States have always called it the Vietnam War, so I hope this clears some confusion when I used the term earlier in the article.

Also, thus far I’m quite pleased with the responses in the comments section, and if you would like me to elaborate further on anything posted in the above sections, feel free to state so in the comments section. If you found this article thought-provoking and helpful, please share it to your social media pages to help spread an alternative argument to the mainstream, official accounts regarding this and other events that conditioned the American people for war.

In my next episode, I want to talk about a war that was kick-started via a media firm called Hill & Knowlton, hired by the US government to sell to the American people a conflict that over the next two decades, would escalate into Orwellian-style perpetual war.




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14 Replies to “Over 100 Years of War Lies: Debunking False Flag Operations, Part II- Gulf of Tonkin Incident”

  1. Thanks for a very thought provoking article… I’ve literally gotten to the point where I no longer watch any kind of mainstream news media and this article underscores why that’s the right thing to do. For some reason I thought the false flag type of incidences were more of a recent phenomena but you have clearly demonstrated they been going on for quite some time now. Really makes you wonder if people will ever wake up and see the truth. Thanks again for this insight.

    1. Hi, Judy, thanks for reading and yes, I can understand that I can’t watch mainstream news at all these days, especially recently. I think a lot of us think this since it’s a newer term to many, but this has actually been happening for perhaps hundreds of years, sparking off wars both today and before modern tech became a thing. It’s quite a scary thought. I hope to simply provide the other side of the argument they don’t teach us in school, and hopefully those coming across such articles will click through the highlighted sections to the provided links so they can see the proof themselves. 

  2. G’Day, Todd.

    When will the World learn that America was just protecting the people of South Vietnam against the North because they could not protect themselves from the Tyranny of others?

    Most wars that the USA have faced has been because of these reasons and to protect the peace and safety of the whole World.

    I’m an Australian and we lost thousands of good people, but we’d do it all again to defend World stability.

    1. Hi, Jeff, that’s definitely the mainstream argument, but when you really look deeper into things, it’s completely not the case at all. 

      The Monroe Doctrine has long stated that as long as foreign powers don’t intervene in the West, the US won’t intervene in the East, but what has gone on for far too long is US foreign intervention not just militarily, but secretly, as shown in an article I will be sharing in time regarding the CIA’s fixing of hundreds of elections between 1946 and 2019.

      The results are shocking, and far too often the US has been actually providing more instability than stability. For instance, in my next article you’ll get to see the shocking revelations about the First Persian Gulf War, called Desert Storm, which set the stage for perpetual war in the Middle East to this very day which has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more. 

  3. Interesting and disturbing stuff here. Propaganda can be powerful, of course put on for political or monetary purposes. What do you think about the alleged Iran incident? I remember reading about this a few weeks ago and thinking hmmmm. What I’ve noticed is that patterns in media can be telling, and monitoring sources does become important. All I really know is that the news is often depressing, and it’s become difficult to trust no matter which side of the aisle you’re on. I do appreciate, however, our right to free speech, this much is known. Thanks for the background info here on the Gulf of Tonkin. I’m looking forward to your next post concerning Hill & Knowlton.

    1. Very disturbing, and what’s sad is all our major news networks need to say is “Intel has reported,’ or something similar, and bam, you have people blindly following without conducting their own research and findings. Or, on the other side, those like me, Ron Paul, and others who seek to get the second half of the story into the mainstream, we’re simply labeled as ‘spreading misinformation, and again, the masses just go along with it. 

      I think the Japanese version of the story, which I backlinked to mainstream news source, CBS News, is much more believable than the US and Pompeo’s tale, since we’re getting an account from a primary source rather than experts trying to conclude what happened. Therefore, I’m not convinced Iran had anything to do with this, but it must be shown, which I’ll share in a later article that another nation has a history of attacking both allied and enemy ships in the region while blaming other nations. 

      And yes, you’re in for a shocker when I talk about the First Gulf War. And remember, this set the stage for what would unfold here in the 21st century. 

  4. Propaganda and lies told by those in power to increase their power and support in war is a vibrant topic, undoubtedly as old as civilization itself. The “Land of the free and the home of the brave,” has certainly oppressed more than its share of the people, especially considering inconvenient truths right here at home, they founded the country on Native soils. Many of these natives continue to live in oppression, forced to stay on the reserves they were assigned to or treaty rights are considered null and void. I’m not at all surprised to hear conspiracy stories of governments, they are quite probably true. Control of the flow of money and Power over the masses goes hand in hand… there will always be lies told to maintain and extend that power. Keep writing, I found this article interesting. Thanks for sharing. 

    1. Hi, Elaine, I’m glad you brought up the way America flatout oppresses more than it liberates, which is very true. We can look at Libya, which since Ghaddafi fell and was murdered has become the slave trade capital of the world. Al-Qaeda is stronger than ever, as well as other terrorist organizations via weapons smuggling from the CIA as they fight the Assad regime.

      Now, I’m not saying Ghaddafi was a good guy or Assad is a good individual, but I can’t help but notice Christians in Syria celebrating Easter for the first time in ages, such as in Aleppo, since it fell out of rebel hands. 

      When it comes to controlling the flow of money, I’ve always told those who want to look more into this to follow that control of the flow, as it’ll point you straight to an elite, many of whom have funded such conflicts, both sides of which, for ages on end, and it’s something I’ll be writing about in time as well. 

  5. Wow. As a high school history teacher, I’m impressed by your level of detail and scholarship on the Gulf Of Tonkin Resolution. I had never heard the “correct” story so I appreciate being introduced to it. So many of our government’s stories in war and foreign policy in general turn out to be misrepresentations and outright lies. So, while your information is new, it is not surprising.

    I would like to begin teaching the correct version of this incident and may need special permission since the books we have stated the incident incorrectly. You have made such a good case of the correct version that not teaching it would be a disservice to my students.

    Thanks, this is excellent.

    God bless you!

    1. Hi, Ronald, I would definitely tread water carefully there if you’re employed by a public school. If you’re at a private, chartered, or online school, you may get the greenlight far faster. And while I believe this story to be correct via documentation from actual files as well as accounts from primary sources, government schools will have other ideas regarding this. 

      And yes, there are so many lies to contend with, which is one reason why I’ve named this mini-article series of mine Over 100 Years of War Lies. I hope your students like what you have to show them, but again, be careful here, as public schools may not take kindly, however I attended a public community college back in 2011, and it was my economics teacher and public speaking teacher that really helped get me into this stuff, along with a few others, so you might be alright here. 

  6. Hi Todd! On one side mainstream media states that America was just protecting South Vietnam from the North because they could not protect themselves. But on the other side we know that there are some “few” occasions when America has provoked more instability than stability.

    Most of the time we don’t have all the facts. And we judge according to what we know. I appreciate your effort to offer a different perspective from that shown on mainstream. Your effort helps us form a balanced opinion.

    1. Hi, Henry, you hit a ringer when you stated we don’t always have all the facts, and that this occurs most of the time. You’re so right, and the problem is mainstream media and government schools love to tell us their “approved” side of the story without really giving us the other side to the point to where those of us who do want to tell the other side of a story will be demonized and ridiculed, much like anything else those of us brave enough to preach that are not mainstream. 

  7. Todd,

    Very interesting and well written review of the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The resources you provide here provide proof and I agree with your counterargument that the USS Maddox’ supposed peaceful mission was not peaceful, but a well-planned act of sabotage which resulted in the lost of tens of thousands of lives. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to read your next review. 


    1. Hi, Tamara, it takes a lot, and I mean a lot of digging and soul searching when it comes to conducting proper research regarding such incidents, but the proof is definitely there that the Maddox was doing anything to provoke a North Vietnamese strike. Once they did carry out such a strike, it was game over, as it provided the confrontation the US government needed to “justify” their future involvement in Vietnam.

      There is a lot about the Vietnam War and Cold War era I want to talk about, so stay tuned for more historical analysis as I will be bringing a lot to the table. 

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