USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy in the Gulf of Tonkin
Josh Marshall wonders what the administration will use as a justification for its insane attack on Iran.
Some key requirements occur to me.
1. Despite being fake, the incident must seem reasonably credible.
2. It must appear serious enough that discounting its importance or questioning its veracity appears the height of unseriousness.
3. It must place the majority of us in the odd and unexpected
position of granting to President Bush the unfettered discretion to launch a war
against Iran at the time and place of his choosing, despite our desire that he
start it right now.