Archive for August 12, 2010
Iowa Veteran For Peace Remembers Tonkin Gulf Resolution
by Ed Flaherty
Early August is filled with poignant anniversaries–Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Nixon's resignation. Another to ponder.
Aug 7, 1964: The US Senate, with an 88-2 vote and the US House, with a 416-0 vote, approved the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, based on lies, half-truths and deliberate manipulation of intelligence. It served as the legal basis for our war in Viet Nam, which lasted another 8 ½ years.
Over the next few years, may we read the following entries:
Aug 31, 2010: The number of US troops in Iraq was reduced to 50,000, in accordance with an agreement made between Iraq and the US in 2008.
July 31, 2011: The Governor of Iowa welcomed home all of the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry and the 334th Brigade Support Battalion. The Iowa National Guard units returned to the US from Afghanistan as part of the reduction promised by President Obama on Dec 1, 2009. In a separate news conference in Wash, DC, President Obama congratulated Afghan Pres. Karzai on reaching the goal of a well-trained Afghan army of 134,000 and a police force of 82,000.
Dec 31, 2011: The last US troops departed from Iraq today. Their departure brought to an end the war begun in March, 2003, based on lies, half-truths, and deliberate manipulation of intelligence.
is a member of Veterans for Peace and former member of Johnson County Democrats
Central Committee and other suspect groups. Ed is a retired banker.