Remember the Maine?
How about the Turner Joy?
Warmongers have occasionally felt the need for a pretext. They have never wanted for one, even if it had to be manufactured out of whole cloth.
Miscellaneous musings from the perspective of a lefty (both senses) atheist with a warped sense of humor.
I am a geek, but I do have some redeeming social skills. I love other people's dogs, cats, and kids. Snow sucks, but I'm willing to put up with it just to live in Madison.