Why is the US government now going public with these claims ?
Blowing in the wind or not, the answer might just be found in the following interchange between Gustave Gilbert and Hermann Göring in the latter's cell in Nürnberg on 18 April 1946 :
«Göring: Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.
Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars*.
Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.»
Nice to see Phil, on the basis of his vast experience and cultural knowledge, giving the US government a tip on how to deal with those dastardly Chinese !...
*Note that the US Congress hasn't declared war against any country since the declaration of war against Rumania (passed in the House on 3 June 1942, in the Senate on 4 June 1942, signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt on 5 June 1942). Neither the constitutional limitation mentioned by Gustave Gilbert, nor the provisions of the UNO Charter don't however, seem to have greatly limited the US governments propensity to go to war in the nearly seven decades after the end of WW II....