What are four major events of the Vietnam war under President Johnson?
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution on 7 August 1964.
The beginning of Operation Rolling Thunder in February of 1965.
The Marine Landing at DaNang of two Marine Infantry Battalions on 8 March 1965.
The US begining the bombing of Haiphong on 29 January 1966.
The deceision by the President not to seek re-election on 31 March 1968.
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President Lyndon B Johnson asked congress for the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, enacted on August 7, 1964, giving Johnson authority to take whatever measures were necessary to protect U.S. interests in South Vietnam. By the end of 1965, multiple Army and Marine Divisions were on the ground in South Vietnam.
Part of the reason that Richard Nixon was elected to the presidency in 1968 was to end the Vietnam War. However, with that said, presidents Johnson and Nixon created for the US congress in foreign affairs a source of comfort and aid to the position of commander in chief. Neither president sought to involve the US congress in major foreign policy decisions. Here Johnson had given Nixon a headstart. The major difference with regards to…
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Johnson made the decision to send entire Marine and Army Divisions to Vietnam in 1964 to defend South Vietnam against North Vietnamese aggression. That major build-up of troops began arriving in country in 1965. He continued to expand troop presence in Vietnam through 1966 and early 76, but by 1968 decided the majority of U.S. public opinion disapproved of the build-up. He announced in the Spring of 1968 that he would not seek re-election as…
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