Since the Gulf of Tonkin incident of August 4, 1964 , off the coast of Vietnam, the US Government has believed it has needed a lie, voted by a majority of the US Congress, to launch a war. Not since then has the Congress doubted, or the rest of us accepted, that a war-starting fabrication like that one will always succeed in Washington to start the war.
Nor has the truth of the incident — however delayed in discovery — brought the war to an end; nor inhibited the war party from starting the next one. Force deters or ends wars; truth does neither.
“This is virtually a declaration of war by Russia on the United States and we should take that seriously,” declared Richard Durbin, the chief whip of the Democratic Party in the US Senate on December 12, a month after he won election to a fifth term.
Durbin was referring to US government and media reports of the operation allegedly conducted by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) to penetrate the SolarWinds company software installations in US Government computers. What is unusual about this alleged attack is that there has been no confirmed damage, no casualty, no loss, reported Reuters “according to three of the people familiar with the matter”.
The New York Times claimed : “the broad Russian espionage attack on the U.S. government and private companies, underway since spring and detected only a few weeks ago, is among the greatest intelligence failures of modern times.” But the newspaper qualified this by adding it didn’t know this for sure. “The sweep of stolen data is still being assessed…Investigators were struggling to determine the extent to which the military, intelligence community and nuclear laboratories were affected by the highly sophisticated attack.” This followed months of investigation: “investigators spent Monday [December 14] trying to understand the extent of the damage.”
Durbin — born in 1944 to a Ukrainian mother and Irish father — was just out of short pants when the Gulf of Tonkin incident was staged by the Johnson Administration to commence its full-scale ground, air and naval war against North Vietnam and the Vietcong. There hasn’t been a war since then which Durbin didn’t vote for.