Class Notes (810,920)
Canada (494,377)
History (488)
HI114 (16)

The Vietnam War Lyndon Johnsons War 1963.docx

4 Pages
Unlock Document

Wilfrid Laurier University
Darren Mulloy

The Vietnam War Lyndon Johnsons War 1963-1968 A) THAT “BITCH OF A WAR” The “Great Society” at home v. The war abroad His priority is not Vietnam for a ‘great society’ his idea was to care for the elderly education reform, Medicare, civil rights (domestic political programs) The JFK connection: Johnson kept the kennedy advisors when he came into office e.g Robert McNamara = sect. of Defense Dean Rusk = Sect. of State McGeorge Bundy = National Security Advisor The deteriorating Situation in South Vietnam The Generals Take Over Eg. Minh to Khanh (Jan 1964) Can South Vietnam survive? SV army is battered and looses battle after battle March 1964= VC control 40% South Vietnamese countryside JCS= “Americanization” of the War? The 1964 election? McCarthyism was compared to chicken shit if they lost Vietnam. Johnson wants to win relection Lyndon Johnsons Response: Increase “advisors” (23,000 in 1964) Covert ops (special forces for secret missions) The biggest failure in Vietnam was the lack of South Vietnamese government. There was no legitimate government that would keep the support of the SV people. Americans always blamed North Vietnam. The Tonkin Gulf Resolution August 2-4 “attacks” on Maddox and Turner Joy The Maddox radar operator thinks the ship being attacked, in turn Johnson demonstrates a massive retaliation and starts to bomb North Vietnam August 5 LBJ- “repeated acts of violence against the armed forces of the United States” -Doesn’t mention special forces attacks, the fact that they were in NV waters and the actually truth if they were attacked or not -Tricks the Senate and the people August 7 Congress: (416 to 0 in the House 88 to 2 in the Senate) Could now “take all necessary measures to repel armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression” Gradual Escalation 1964 election Johnsons defeats Barry Goldwater Johnson wants to give the generals a free hand and full control, and even said if they need it use nuclear weapons.
More Less

Related notes for HI114

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.