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US History Name:________________________ Vietnam- Presidential Powers Gulf of Tonkin Resolution In 1964, the House of Representatives unanimously approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave President Johnson full authority to send combat troops into Vietnam despite the reality that Congress had not declared a war. In the Senate, only two senators dissented and refused to approve the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. One of them was Wayne Morse. Read and annotate Morse’s commentary on the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution below and use complete sentences to answer the questions that follow 1. What is Morse’s primary reason for his disagreement with the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution? 2. How does Morse believe that people in the future will look back on the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution? 3. Why do you think Morse believes that this is a “mistake”? “Our government has no right to send American boys to their death in any battlefield in the absence of a declaration of war, and Article One, Section Eight

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