Gulf Of Tonkin Vietnam Case Study

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Thomas Poozhikala D period 3/26/12 Vietnam and Johnson 1. Why did President Johnson increase America’s military presence in Vietnam? What was the Gulf of Tonkin resolution? Johnson increased America’s military presence in Vietnam because he and his advisers believed that an excalation of American force would drive the enemy to defeat with a minum loss on both sides. Therfreo he ordered immediatiely to have bombing raids agisnt military installations in North Vietnam and ordered his troops to land. However, the enemy matched every incrase in Amreican firepower with more men and more wiliness in the art of guerilla warfare. The South Vietnamese had become spectators in this war and incraisgly became Americanized. The corrupt government succeeded ecahc otheri n Siagon, but American still had fiath in calling them a democratic ally and the spokesperson in Wahsington defeded this axction as America’s commitment to the treayt pledges to resist communist encroachment. The Gulf of Tonkkin Resoultion gave U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson authorization, without a formal declaration of war by Congress, for the use of military forces in Southeast Asia. The resolution authorized the President to do whatever necessary in order to assist any member or protocol state.…show more content…
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