Congressman Ron Paul, on the floor of the House of Representatives, January 11, 2007, denouncing the aggressive positioning of U.S. navy battle groups near the Straight of Hormuz
"Our growing naval presence in the region and our harsh rhetoric toward Iran are unsettling. . . .
"Rumors are flying about when, not if, Iran will be bombed by either Israel or the U.S.—possibly with nuclear weapons. Our CIA says Iran is ten years away from producing a nuclear bomb and has no delivery system, but this does not impede our plans to keep “everything on the table” when dealing with Iran.
"We should remember that Iran, like Iraq, is a third-world nation without a significant military. Nothing in history hints that she is likely to invade a neighboring country, let alone do anything to America or Israel. I am concerned, however, that a contrived Gulf of Tonkin-type incident may occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran.
"Even if such an attack is carried out by Israel over U.S. objections, we will be politically and morally culpable since we provided the weapons and dollars to make it possible.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan authorized the deployment of several U.S. warships off the coast of Lebanon, as part of what was called a "peacekeeping mission." It turned out to be anything but peaceful, as those ships—most notably, the USS New Jersey—assisted Israel and their Lebanese allies—the Lebanese Phalangist militias—in their genocidal campaign against the people of Lebanon.
"Reagan, . . . in secret, violated his oath of office and the U.S. Constitution and ordered U.S. Military forces into an offensive war without the consent of Congress and in violation of his promise to Congress: “the American force will not engage in combat” (Sept. 29 1982) . . . . Reagan and his Secretary of Defense, Caspar W. Weinberger, in secret, issued a National Command Authority Order on September 11 1983 — 6 weeks before the bombing — authorizing acts of offensive warfare in Lebanon’s civil and international war." 
"During Israel's 1982 genocidal War in Lebanon, while she was butchering some 30,000 Palestinian refugees, destroying Beirut and forcing that city's half a million citizens to flee to the suburbs, Israel's Washington lobbyist talked President Reagan into joining the slaughter. Reagan obliged by ordering his battleship, the USS New Jersey, sitting off Lebanon's coast, to hurl shells into those towns around Beirut to which the refugees were fleeing. The Lebanese did not forget this little gesture and not long after, on October 23, 1983, 264 US Marines in our security force paid with their lives for Reagan's act when a car bomb exploded next to their barracks." 
Secretary of Defense under President Lyndon Johnson—Robert C. McNamara—admitting that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a farce
The June 8, 1967, attack on the USS Liberty by the Israeli Air Forces: condoned by President Johnson, Secretary McNamara, Admiral John S. McCain, and other U.S. traitors, in collusion with the Israeli government, and concealed by traitorous elements of the U.S. government and media ever since
For more on the cover-up of the failed but murderous false flag attack on the USS Liberty, see "John McCain: Enemy of Liberty (and its crew)," by this writer.
For more on the history of false flag war provocations by maniacal world leaders, see "Lie of the Century," by Michael Rivero of WhatReallyHappened.