Essay on President Johnson And The War Plan

2190 Words Nov 15th, 2016 9 Pages
Congress held meeting. Humphrey broke away from the stance that everyone took and stated, “Well, we have been carrying on some operations in that area, and we’ve been having some covert operations where we have been going in and knocking out roads and petroleum things, and so forth.” The statement from Humphrey went against what the administration tried to do in the meeting, “President Johnson, Robert McNamara, and Secretary of State Dean Rusk were all trying to convince Congress and the American public that the North Vietnamese attacks were unprovoked…” The Gulf of Tonkin started to become something of a mess because of the fact that Humphrey talked about the war plans. American officials who knew of the actual events of those two nights were not happy with how the event transpired with Humphrey. In a phone call to Dean Rusk, who was the Secretary of State at the time, President Johnson had a very outspoken and angry approach to Humphrey’s comments, “And that is exactly what we have been doing. But the damned fool got it up, and now he’s got Morse talking about it, who wasn’t in on the briefing. And it’s just . . . You just got to understand that you can’t talk about war plans, you just can’t talk about it.” This phone call took place just days after the Gulf of Tonkin events on August 6th, and the man named Morse who was mentioned in the audio is Oregon Senator Wayne Morse. The Senator upon hearing these words from Humphrey was up in arms about the events that took…

Related Documents