Or were never told
How wonderful is the Art of Propaganda
The U.S. went to war against Viet Nam
Because U.S. HIGH OFFICIALS lied in 1964.
De-classification of Government documents in 2005-06 shed light on the truth.
The U.S. has not stopped going to war, and losing every war, ever since.
From the U.S. Naval Institute, The Truth About Tonkin
Questions about the Gulf of Tonkin incidents have persisted for more than 40 years. But once-classified documents and tapes released in the past several years, combined with previously uncovered facts, make clear that high government officials distorted facts and deceived the American public about events that led to full U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
By Lieutenant Commander Pat Paterson, U.S. Navy
Documents and tapes released in 2005 and 2006 provided new insights into the 2 August 1964 attack on the USS Maddox (DD-731) by three North Vietnamese patrol torpedo boats (above) and established that there was no follow-up attack against the destroyer, along with the USS Turner Joy (DD-951), on the night of 4 August.
Naval Historical Center