HERSH: There was a dozen ideas proffered about how to trigger a war. The one that interested me the most was why don’t we build — we in our shipyard — build four or five boats that look like Iranian PT boats. Put Navy seals on them with a lot of arms. And next time one of our boats goes to the Straits of Hormuz, start a shoot-up.
Hersh generally knows more about what's going on in the inside than he tells in his articles, because his article must be facts that are more easy to substantiate.
The discussion in Cheney's office was provoked by the Iranian speedboat incident in January, 2008, in which the Bush administration alleged that five small unarmed Iranian speedboats accosted a US naval vessel.
One thing Hersh, Think Progress and others have not mentioned is that the original incident was itself almost certainly a GOP provocation, since unarmed speedboats do not actually pose a danger to US destroyers, and funny business went on with artificial matching of videotape to an audio transmission in English of undetermined origin.
Need more be said? I think the facts speak for themselves. This was second attempt to mislead the public into another aggressive war.
Of course, they considered doing something like this to provoke the war in Iraq, by painting US reconnaissance in UN colors (yes, this is against international law). Instead, they used the lie of WMDs and Al Qaeda ties.