Lyndon B. Johnson: Causes on the Vietnam War Essay

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Lyndon B. Johnson: Causes on the Vietnam War

America has gone through high and lows as a country, but overall we overcome and grow and use our history to shape out future. When John F. Kennedy died, Lyndon B. Johnson took over as president and was at first liked and favored that he came back for a real term after the term he took over after JFK died. He then changed, and brought many Americans to fight in Vietnam and sacrifice their lives for a Vietnamese war, and was greatly looked down upon for this. Lyndon B. Johnson politically and socially with his Great Society and changed during his time as President of the United States of America.
During the course of 1965, Lyndon Johnson set the stage for three years of legislation that
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Republican Richard Nixon was elected to succeed him as the next President of the United States. Historians argue that his presidency marked the peak of modern liberalism in the United States after the New Deal era.
Johnson is ranked favorably by some historians because of his domestic policies. Johnson was not unfavorable to greater US military involvement, but he was simply aware that it would not be well liked by all people of America. He gave his support to Operation Plan 34B. What this meant was that he would agree to sending Asian mercenaries in to North Vietnam to carry out acts of sabotage. As part of an inspection, the USS Maddox was sent in to the Gulf of Tonkin to inspect North Vietnamese naval defenses. The outcome of this was the attack on the ‘Maddox’ by three North Vietnamese torpedo boats. Johnson was given the reason he needed to order bombing raids on North Vietnam. As president and commander-in-chief he would have been seen as a weak leader if he had done nothing to counter this just as both his Chiefs of Staff and he, himself, had bargained on. On national television Johnson told the US public “Repeated acts of violence against the armed forces of the United States must be met not only with alert defense, but with a positive reply. That reply is being given as I speak tonight.” Johnson was liked, and received much support for his actions that he chose to do, and this is why he was liked at first and was reelected to

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