President Lyndon B. Johnson Essay

823 Words Apr 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
All post world war II presidents have had some involvement in the Vietnam conflict, but does that mean we blame them all for this failure? Does the sins of Lyndon B. Johnson equal Harry S. Truman? Of course not, each president had different levels of involvement, and such the blame should not be equally shared. Lyndon B. Johnson should be held the most responsible for the lives, and money lost followed by Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the least accountable Harry S. Truman. Lyndon B. Johnson deserves the most blame in the disaster of the Vietnam War. Johnson ignored John F. Kennedy’s Vietnam withdrawal plan and continued the effort. Johnson decided to send ground troops to Vietnam, Johnson decided to implement the draft which forced young American men to fight and die in this war. That is the short answer however there is more to why Lyndon B. Johnson deserves the most blame. Johnson approved more military advisers to aid South Vietnam efforts, which lead to the sinking of USS Maddox, which in term lead Johnson to escalate our involvement. Despite promising a short war he kept the failed effort continuing until he left office despite the lack of success American causalities and cost he just kept mobilizing more troops. By the time his successor Richard M. Nixon took office, about 300 American soldiers were dying each week in Vietnam. Johnson’s Operation Rolling Thunder, lead to the destruction of 700 US aircraft, valued at $900…

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