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Is the U.S. going to war in Iran?

I was 15 when President Johnson announced that U.S. naval forces had been attacked by North Vietnamese PT boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. The immediate aftermath was the deployment of tens of thousands of American troops to Vietnam. A year later, when asked about the incident, Johnson replied, “For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.”

Today, more than half a century later, I am wondering if President Trump isn’t launching a revised Gulf of Tonkin strategy. Sources at the Pentagon claim as many as 120,000 U.S. troops might have to be deployed to the Middle East. As a longtime Laguna resident and 70-something father of three, I have to ask: What has changed in Iran? Why the rush to war? What if it is whales again?

Denny Freidenrich
Laguna Beach