Expansion Of Vietnam Under Lyndon B. Johnson Essay

1057 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
Kelsey Marren
Dr. Lammers
HI 103
23 November 2016
Expansion in Vietnam under Lyndon B. Johnson “I will not lose Vietnam” President Johnson said after two days of presidency. After the United States suffered a tremendous lose due to President John F. Kennedy being assassinated in 1963, the new President inherited one of the most intense battles on History, the Vietnam War. LBJ expanded the American presence in Vietnam tremendously which lead to numerous financial political problems not only in the United States but around the world. Through his speeches, letters, and voice recordings we are given numerous reasons why LBJ expanded the war in Vietnam. On November 22, 1963, we lost President John F Kennedy but we gained his Vice President, now President Lyndon B. Johnson. LBJ inherited Kennedy’s plans on committing to win the battle against Communist North Vietnam. Although Kennedy deepened and expanded the United States’ involvement in the war, Johnson was the one to really make the Vietnam War as we know it today. When he assumed office, Johnson had received little exposure to foreign affairs. (VanDeMark 8)
Now on President Johnson’s desk, counterinsurgency was deteriorating. The Vietcong had been attacking the countryside the had tremendous loose of life both in civilian life and in the military. His first impulse as president was to shift the war into higher gear and making the war his top priority over social, economic, and political reforms that former…

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