REMEMBER THE MADDOX AND THE C. TURNER JOY…

January 8th, 2008

When it came to playing chicken at sea, the Soviet Union was the master. And the Iranians have clearly studied at their feet when it comes to goading the United States Navy. I know. The U.S.S. Bainbridge played the deadly game with both. In the case of the latter, coming within 30 seconds of launching a Terrier missile.

So I know it happens. But when I read the news this morning about the U.S.S. Hopper, U.S.S. Port Royal and U.S.S. Ingraham I didn’t think of the Russians or the Iranians, but of the North Vietnamese, the U.S.S. Maddox, the U.S.S. Turner Joy and the lie that ended with the deaths of more than 50,000 American military personnel.

From The New York Times:

Five armed Iranian speedboats approached three United States Navy warships in international waters in the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Sunday, then maneuvered aggressively as radio threats were issued that the American ships would be blown up, military officials said Monday.

The confrontation, which ended after just under 30 minutes without damage, shots fired or any injuries, took place during daylight on Sunday as the three American ships were entering the Persian Gulf.

Compare that to the New York Times lede on 4 August 1964:

President Johnson has ordered retaliatory action against gunboats and ‘certain supporting facilities in North Vietnam’ after renewed attacks against American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.

I’m just saying.

Look behind the curtains.

What do you think?

One Response to “REMEMBER THE MADDOX AND THE C. TURNER JOY…”

  1. […] on Tuesday I wrote about my immediate reaction to the Iranian speedboats in the Straits of Hormuz. This morning on The […]

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