After a mere two weeks, Trump's administration has displayed breath-taking incompetence. Trump's White House press secretary falsely claimed that Iran attacked U.S. ships---an act of war---when reality, it was Yemen rebels that attacked a Saudi naval vessel.
"“I think General Flynn was really clear yesterday that Iran has violated the Joint Resolution, that Iran’s additional hostile actions that it took against our Navy vessel are ones that we are very clear are not going to sit by and take".
"Major Garrett of CBS News quietly corrected him, saying “a Saudi vessel,” and Spicer then responded almost inaudibly: “Sorry, thank you, yes a Saudi vessel. Yes, that’s right.” He did not in any way address his false claim that it was an Iranian attack, however."
The apparent source of the mix-up? Fox News misreported that U.S. ships were the "real" target. So instead of getting info from a credible government source, the President of the United States is getting false info from Fox News.
To anyone who doesn't grasp the gravity of this situation, from the article:
"This, of course, is how American wars start. In the infamous 1964 “Gulf of Tonkin incident,” as it is often referred to, the White House and the Pentagon accused North Vietnamese forces of attacking two Navy destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam on August 4. President Lyndon Johnson used the attacks to coax Congress into approving a resolution, known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, that authorized military action in Vietnam. As the New York Times noted a few years ago, the “attack never happened.”