Well, this sort of thing is plausible to me, though it would have been originated by the Presidency, not the military.
There is still controversy over the sinking of the US Battleship ‘Maine’ in Cuban waters a hundred years ago, an event which justified the Spanish-Amereican War. Many say we sunk it ourselves to inflame the public.
And there is a great deal of evidence that leads one to believe the White House knew of the impending Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. For one, all our modern ships were safely out to sea, only the older outdated ones were in port.
There was not much support for joining the war against Hitler until after the attack; indeed, we only declared war against Japan that day, and not against Germany until after Hitler declared war against us the following day. We were quite the isolationists back then.
So, anyway, there is certainly precedence for this sort of thing, and when it comes to justifying war and making $ Billions, nothing is too far-fetched.
Dan, not really a conspiracy theorist, but certainly open-minded