What options were available to President Johnson? To President Nixon? What were the advantages and disadvantages? When Johnson took the presidency he could have stopped support to South Vietnam, but he didn’t. The following events would put him in a disadvantage.
On August 7, 1964 the Gulf of Tokin Resolution was passed to give congressional approval to expand the Vietnam War. We are not going to expand it because we agreed that you as the general public would disagree with that decision. My administration and I are being criticized for not pushing the war more aggressively, however, the decision is up to us, so we get to choose how we fight his war. Another update of the
During the late 1980’s Ronald Reagan wanted to advocate self-independence and advancement. He believed too that he needed to sign into the law of welfare bill. Regan stated “reform that will lead to lasting emancipation from welfare dependency” (Davies, 1). Unfortunately, the welfare reform didn’t get its message through which was to promote self-responsibility and self-support. During the 1960 and 1970 the ideals of liberalism were not spoken about.
If America was successful in taken down the power of the communist forces in Korea, the countries would naturally find peace again. Overall, Truman wanted Korean War to be a limited war, with the sole purpose to protect South Korea from communist attacks. On the other hand, General MacArthur believed that the Korean War was the chance to eradicate all communist roots and prevent it from spreading to other Asian countries. To him, this was more efficient because then there would be no need to be involved in other aggressions in relation to communism. He saw the origin of the problem lied in the Pacific Hemisphere and the European countries should not be taken into consideration in this war.
Besides, being realists, both leaders understood that there is no way to involve the non-governmental organizations in the solution. Kennedy kept his realistic approach during the whole period. However, the actions of the Soviet Union could not be seen as realistic to a full extent since their requirement to remove the American missiles from Turkey as well might not have been responded positively, and they would not have the power
All things considered, it is not a fair assessment to call it “Johnson’s war” bearing in mind Nixon interfered, but to a certain point it is reasonable to call it so, because of the Tonkin Gulf resolution and because of Operation Rolling Thunder. The Tonkin Resolution put too much power into Johnson’s hands and allowed him to start a war without officially declaring one. In addition, Operation Rolling Thunder was a fail and helped the Viet Cong in finding a way to attack the American troops without showing themselves. Nixon going behind Johnson’s back and making a deal with the enemy made the war, to a certain degree, his fault as well. All in all, the Vietnam War should not be looked at as all Johnson 's fault, the blame is divided between
(4) But even these groundbreaking achievements must be considered within the context of Nixon 's political goals. He privately viewed the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and the China initiative as ways to blunt criticism from the political left. And while his slow withdrawal from Vietnam appeared to be a practical application of the Nixon Doctrine, his secretly recorded White House tapes reveal that he expected South Vietnam to collapse after he brought American troops home and prolonged the war to postpone that collapse until after his reelection in
was going to save money. A wise decision would have been to raise taxes on American citizens in order to raise fund for the war. Lyndon B. Johnson, president of the United States at the time, was unwilling to raise taxes, which resulted in a horrible cycle of inflation4 and debt. Johnson’s arrogance and stubbornness not to raise taxes, consequently led America to a worse economy. This act of arrogance from Johnson further validates the argument: the U.S. should not have invaded Vietnam.
The events that occurred in Vietnam remain a debate which continues to threaten our country’s politics. I will not deny our country was left with a scar which the years have shown us may very possibly never heal. I write from Washington as one who witnessed the politics that landed us in Vietnam, as one who supported the United States ' decision to get involved in this fight which could only have been described as taking place worlds away. The war may have been bloody, as all wars are, and the results may not have been the favored ones we had intended, but I stand by our decision. My intentions are not to paint over the events that took place in Vietnam as the ideal pathway, not to justify but to explain.
Doubling the size of our country, said purchase was definitely beneficial, but it was not legal. President Jefferson, being a strict constitutionalist, knows there is no provision within the U.S. Constitution that allows for foreign purchases. After Jefferson proposed an amendment to allow just the one purchase, it was denied by Congress. Another reason
President Kennedy believed in containment and in the Domino Theory, but he did not believe in it to the point of waging unending war against communism in vietnam. Kennedy actively pursued a way to leave Vietnam, and a way of maintaining american influence, through financial support and training. He wanted all american personnel of vietnam. During Kennedy’s term in office, there was no open warfare in Vietnam and the united state’s involvement in the war was limited. Kennedy 's strategy was to bring the Northern vietnamese down through strategic bombing and limited ground attacks.
The expectations of the wall will never fit such a tiny man 's ego. Building the wall is not going to do anything other than put the U.S. in debt, and force Mexico to provide finance into building Trump 's wall. This wall should not be built, and the debate on building it is an unrealistic argument. Donald Trump thinks building this wall is the big solution to keeping all illegal immigrants out of the United States. But he does not mention the ones already here.
Soon it was realized the escalation and warfare would not be successful. Nixon and Kissinger then chose to view the Vietnam conflict as a part of a bigger global picture with the Soviet Union and China being the key players. While working