TheGulfofTonkinResolutionPart2 - In 1964 the United States entered into the longest war it had been in up till that point the Vietnam War The President

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In 1964, the United States entered into the longest war it had been in up till that point, the Vietnam War. The President of that time, Lyndon Johnson had campaigned with the pretense that he was a pacifist, but later adopted the viewpoint that the war was inevitable for the United States to enter due to an incident in the Gulf of Tonkin. Due to the lack of proof or belief around the subject – the United States’ navy of that time did not even believe the second attack – the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a mere justification for the passing of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. When Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution they gave President Johnson full military power, which propelled the United States into a long, violent war against the North Vietnamese, which included 1.3 million casualties based upon an event that never actually happened. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was used as a justification for a resolution passed by the United States’ Congress in order to enter into war against North Vietnam, yet the entire pretense for entering the war did not happen, which makes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution utterly unconstitutional. So was President Johnson's decision for retaliatory acts against North Vietnam after the Gulf of Tonkin incidents justified? Or an even better question to ask is, did both incidents ever really happen? To answer these questions it’s necessary to look at some of the historical background of the region. For much of Vietnam's history it has been under foreign rule, primarily by the Chinese. In 1860, France began its domination of the area and had, by the late 19th century, had several colonies in a number of regions around the Gulf of Tonkin. During WWII, the Japanese government took control of much of the area and set up a “puppet regime” that was eventually forced out by the Vietnamese at the end of 1945. After WWII and until 1955, France fought hard to regain their former territories in the region, their effort was wasted. The French were finally
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  • Winter '16
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  • Vietnam War, south vietnam, Tonkin Gulf

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