North Vietnam sent constant streams of soldiers against South Vietnam in an

North vietnam sent constant streams of soldiers

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North Vietnam sent constant streams of soldiers against South Vietnam in an attempt to convert South Vietnam to communism. The United States observed these attacks from across the ocean in horror. For previous wars the United States tended towards actual justification for the wars it entered. The incident in the Gulf of Tonkin was the event that sparked the United States entering the Vietnam War, yet because there is no substantial evidence behind the whole incident or any affirmative eyewitness’ accounts it is perfectly logical to conclude it did not occur. It had been proven that American fleets fired missiles in the middle of the night on August 4th, 1964, but it has not been proven at what. After his presidency, Lyndon Johnson reflected, “For all I know, we could have been shooting whales out there”. James Stockdale, a navy flyer and eye-witness to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident has been quoted saying, “I had the best seat in the house to watch that event and our destroyers were just shooting at phantom targets – there were no PT boats out there…There was nothing but black water and American fire power”. The small possibility that there is legitimacy behind the Gulf of Tonkin incident is not a sufficient basis to start a war upon. When President Lyndon Johnson brought the issue in Tonkin Gulf up to Congress they were asked to vote on whether or not the United States should enter a war with North Vietnam. Based upon two attacks on United State’s ships in the last week it was not a huge surprise that Congress voted unanimously, 416-0, “to promote the maintenance of international peace and security in Southeast Asia”. Lyndon Johnson used the Gulf of Tonkin to justify a war contrary to his original promises as a presidential candidate; he changed his mind and did not have a good enough reason. He published these words for the American people: “The issue is the future of southeast Asia as a whole. A threat to any nation in that region
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