The USS Liberty murders are arguably Lyndon Johnson’s greatest crime if one does not include deceiving and dragging America into the horrors of the Vietnam War where millions perished.
The USS Liberty event is one of the most important and also one of the highly suppressed events in modern American history.
William F. Buckley, the publisher of the National Review smelled a dead rat: “Is the Liberty episode being erased from history. So it would seem…What has happened to our prying journalistic corps and our editors, normally so indignant of attempted suppression of the news?…We believe that a joint select committee of Congress should investigate the strange case of the USS Liberty…” (Buckley on June 27, 1967).
Why the cover-up? That is because the horrible and grisly truth about the USS Liberty reflects very poorly on Lyndon Johnson, the United States and Israel. Starting at 2PM Mediterranean time on June 8, 1967 Israel bombed, torpedoed, napalmed and even machine gunned the life boats of the USS Liberty.
As I detailed in the second edition (paperback) of my NY Times bestseller The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, Lyndon Johnson was the one who ordered Israel’s IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) to not just sink the USS Liberty, but also to murder every person on board and eliminate any survivors.
The same man who murdered the president John Kennedy in 1963 is the same man who was hell bent on murdering all 294 Americans on board the USS Liberty in June of 1967: Lyndon Johnson.
But why? The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty occurred on the 4th day of the Six Day War, which was a war between Israel and its Arab neighbors Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The Six Day War was a spectacular success for Israel because it succeeded in taking the Golan Heights from Syria, the West Bank from Jordan and the Gaza strip and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt.
Israel began the Six Day War on June 5th with a surprise attack on Egypt and by the end of that day Israel had utterly destroyed the Egyptian air force as it lay sitting on it airfields. Israel within a one day had claimed air superiority over both Egypt (planes destroyed on tarmac) and Syria (2/3 of air force in ruins by end of June 5th).