During an interview (video here) celebrity and former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura said that "they" were admitting that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a lie.

There are somewhat credible private remarks by president Johnson:

In 1965, President Johnson commented privately: "For all I know, our navy was shooting at whales out there."

And a newly released tape acknowledged by the New York Times:

In 1995, retired Vietnamese Defence Minister, Võ Nguyên Giáp, meeting with former Secretary McNamara, denied that Vietnamese gunboats had attacked American destroyers on August 4, while admitting to the attack on August 2. A taped conversation of a meeting several weeks after passage of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was released in 2001, revealing that McNamara expressed doubts to President Johnson that the attack had even occurred...

Are there any American politicians who actually admitted it was a lie (or false flag operation) in order to prevent Communism spreading in Asia or similar reason?


Ron Paul spoke about the Gulf of Tonkin incident and referred to it as a metaphor for a ruse to start a war with Iran while speaking to Congress about the perils of the Iraq war.



It is assumed by The Guardian that the speech given by the USA President Johnson on 4 August 1964 is based on lie because it has been confirmed the attack never happened.

Speech here

  • No remarkable politician as used this reference publicly yet and nobody has threatening The Guardian for publishing misinformation.
  • I don't think this actually answers the question. – user9389 Jul 12 '18 at 21:56

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