The Chicago Tribune yesterday printed an expose on the lies regarding the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967. John Crewdson’s article makes clear that the U.S. government knew that the Israeli planes had clearly identified the USS Liberty as an American ship before they began strafing and bombing it. Three Israeli torpedo boats attacked and almost sank off the American ship. Thirty-four Americans were killed and 171 wounded in the Israeli attack. But the Johnson administration buried the evidence and pretended that maybe it was just an accident.
The fate of the USS Liberty is a reminder that the US government will not hesitate to betray and abandon its own servicemen.
Politicians try to lull people to sleep by promising them that truth will out. But it took 40 years before key details on the attack on the Liberty surfaced. (The National Security Agency declassified a heap of documents for the 40th anniversary of the attack; they are available here).
How many decades will it be until we learn of similar official lies regarding Iraq, Iran, and elsewhere in the Middle East?