A threat to any nation in that region is a threat to all and a threat to us Our

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“The issue is the future of southeast Asia as a whole. A threat to any nation in that region is a threat to all, and a threat to us. Our purpose is peace. We have no military, political, or territorial ambitions in the area. This is not a jungle war, but a struggle for freedom on every front of human activity. Our military and economic assistance to South Vietnam and Laos in particular has the purpose of helping this countries to repel aggression and strengthen their independence”. With the passing of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Lyndon Johnson was given full military power. The President of the United States’ is Commander-in-Chief over the military; however, Congress alone has the right to declare war. In order to enter into the Vietnam War
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President Lyndon Johnson needed the approval of Congress, and in order for Congress to approve he needed a genuine reason. It was only too easy for him to blame the North Vietnamese for attacking the Turner Joy . Journalists’ back then had “a great deal of information available which contradicted the official account [of Tonkin Gulf events]; it simply wasn’t used” (30 Year). Instead of putting a stop to it, many people did not act or ask questions when they should have. It is unconstitutional for a President of the United States to use a lie or fabrication to convince Congress to declare war. This was the case during the Vietnam War with the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and Resolution. Eyewitnesses and experts alike agree the second Gulf of Tonkin Incident in which the North Vietnamese shot at the United State’s Turner Joy never took place. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was a mere attempt at validation for a resolution passed by the United States Congress in order to enter into war against North Vietnam, yet the entire charade was fictitious, which makes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution entirely unconstitutional.
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  • Winter '16
  • Stephenson
  • Vietnam War, south vietnam, Tonkin Gulf

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