|13 May 1846
||Manufactured border disputes used as a false pretext for the U.S. to declare war on Mexico.
|15 Feb 1898
||Sinking of the U.S.S. Maine used as a false pretext for the Spanish-American War.
|7 May 1915
||Sinking of the Lusitania used as a false pretext for the United States to enter World War I. Purportedly a luxury cruise liner, Lusitania also contained 6 millions rounds of ammunition -- a munitions cargo for Britain, making it a warship and a legitimate target for attack.
|1 Sep 1939
||Fake Polish intrusion into Germany used as a false pretext for Adolf Hitler to invade Poland.
|7 Aug 1964
||Gulf of Tonkin resolution used as a false pretext for the Vietnam War.
|25 Oct 1983
||Saving American medical students used as a false pretext to invade Grenada.
|16 Dec 1989
||A purported attack on a U.S. soldier by Panamanian forces used as a false pretext for the invasion of Panama.
|20 Mar 2003
||Weapons of Mass Destruction used as a false pretext to invade Iraq.