President Johnson Gulf Of Tonkin Speech Analysis

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There is no doubt that tensions between capitalist and communist countries were high during the Cold War era. President Johnson’s appeal to the United States Congress about the Gulf of Tonkin incident was vital to his plans for containing communism from infiltrating Southeast Asia. I argue that the rhetoric of peace and freedom veils President Johnson’s discussion of military action. Throughout the whole speech, the president used heroic and patriotic language to build up his argument that America needs to protect the countries in Southeast Asia from the endangering communist regime through military power. He asked Congress for a solution “expressing the unity and determination of the United Sates in supporting freedom and in protecting
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