Failure to Comply

Failure to Comply - Brian Byrne Revised Draft November 12,...

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Brian Byrne Revised Draft November 12, 2007 Failure to Comply During the Vietnam War many US policy makers fought to serve democracy through their lies and deceit of the American people. John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, each is his own way deceived the public to believe that the war was just and not immorally structured. Whether they intervened in South Vietnam, or dishonestly tried to preserve their honor as American Presidents, they corrupted the U.S. credibility through their complete distortion of the facts. While John Kennedy openly made the public imagine that the U.S. had a minor role in Vietnam, internally people questioned his illogical reasoning to his madness. Lyndon Johnson’s involvement in the Gulf of Tonkin incident gave way to his public criticism and eventually helped fuel the antiwar movement around the world. And finally, Richard Nixon with his “peace with honor” claim, some how initiated the excessive bombing of North Vietnam, and the eventual death of one million more Vietnamese people, during his short reign as President (Appy, Lecture). During his inaugural address in 1961, President Kennedy demonstrated that he would give no mercy to any aggressor who imposed any threat to the freedom of man. Kennedy said, “we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty” (The Vietnam War, p. 60). With his assurance of liberty to all, Kennedy increased the number of the troops in Vietnam from 700 to over 15,000 by the time of his assassination in
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1963. Technically, these troops enlisted as “advisors” involved themselves in “the training and development of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam” (The Vietnam War, p. 58). Unknown to most people, they engaged in certain covert operations to “[kidnap] and [indoctrinate] more than a thousand North Vietnamese civilians” (Patriots, p. 90). They utilized these civilians as spy’s to recover Vietnamese intelligence and executed certain undercover operations. These covert operations on Vietnamese soil triggered the Gulf of Tonkin offense in the summer of 1964, and ultimately lead to the Tonkin Gulf Resolution. Kennedy vaguely addressed the evidence of a war in Vietnam and led people
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