Debunkers and even some of our own readers have questioned the validity of an article we put out yesterday in which Ron Paul warned of the U.S. being in "great danger" of a staged provocation that would grease the skids for the bombing of Iran, but the Congressman made similar statements in a speech before Congress back in January.
"I listened to the show yesterday and I don't believe that's exactly what Ron Paul said," was a typical response.
"Congressman, just out of the gates, Cindy Sheehan on my show yesterday went further than anybody's ever gone, she said 'distinct chance of staged terror attack' or the government allowing that to happen, Bush is saying he doesn't care what the people want, the war will continue, they've set up the Military Commissions Act, they've set up the John Warner Defense Authorization Act, he's signed PDD 51 making himself literally dictator, he gave himself that power - how much danger are we in now with Homeland Security head feeling in his gut we're about to be hit, Republican memos saying they need terror attacks, they need Al-Qaeda to hit us to be able to continue the war, top military strategists saying it - how much danger are we in of some new Gulf of Tonkin provocation ?"
"Well, I think we're in great danger of it," responded Ron Paul.
The Congressman agrees with the question, that the U.S. is in danger of a staged "Gulf of Tonkin provocation", as is cited in the question. How anyone can infer anything different from this exchange is puzzling.
Ron Paul has appeared on The Alex Jones Show dozens of times and is fully aware of Alex's style and in what context the question was set.
Though the Neo-Con spin machine has gone into overdrive, lying in claiming that Ron Paul is a "9/11 truther", when in actual fact he has never commented in such a context, the Congressman is talking about events in the future, not in the past.
Is claiming that Saddam Hussein has doomsday weapons that can be delivered in 45 minutes staged terror? Is claiming that Iraq possessed mobile biological weapons trucks staged terror? Both are inventions of nightmares that were unleashed upon the American people to elicit fear and support for a political agenda, and this was the context of the discussion.
The August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, where US warships were apparently attacked by North Vietnamese PT Boats, was cited by President Johnson as a legitimate provocation mandating U.S. escalation in Vietnam, yet Tonkin was a staged charade that never took place. Declassified LBJ presidential tapes discuss how to spin the non-event to escalate it as justification for air strikes and the NSA faked intelligence data to make it appear as if two US ships had been lost. Tonkin was the ultimate example of staged terror or a staged provocation.
Indeed Ron Paul warned of the danger of a staged provocation on the floor of Congress back in January, when he spoke of his concern about "A contrived Gulf of Tonkin- type incident may occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran."