Gulf of Tonkin 2.0

If this evolves into another Gulf of Tonkin incident my head is going to implode.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Iranian patrol boats have increased attempts in the last week to assess defenses near Iraqi offshore oil terminals, U.S. military officials said Monday.

The Iranian actions at the northern end of the Persian Gulf have been a subject of operational briefings for U.S. military personnel in recent days, the officials said.

On at least two days, Iranian patrol boats crossed into Iraqi waters at the northern end of the Persian Gulf, the officials said.

The boats stayed inside Iraqi waters for several minutes before Iraqi security forces told them to leave. The Iranian boats did not approach the oil terminals.

In case you’re not a history nut:

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was a 1964 resolution of the U.S. Congress. It is of historical significance because it gave U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson approval, without a formal declaration of war, “to take all necessary steps, including the use of armed force, to assist any member or protocol state of the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty requesting assistance in defense of its freedom.”[1] The Johnson administration subsequently cited the resolution as authority for its rapid escalation of US military involvement in the Vietnam conflict[1].

The Aztec’s were right. Time is cyclical. We should get rid of this silly linear roman calendar.

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