Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam
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How did Johnson follow the policies of is predecessors?
He increased advisers.
What did he believe was at stake?
What did Johnson not want to be?
'The first president to lose a war.'
In the 1964 election, what sort of candidate did he campaign as?
A candidate of peace.
What did he soon realise?
He soon realised that either he would have to withdraw from Vietnam or commit large of troops to the war.
What did he use to increase US involvement in the war?
Johnson used the clash between US Navy ships and North Vietnamese boats in the Gulf of Tonkin to increase US involvement in the war.
What did the Tonkin Resolution give him?
It gave him unlimited power to rage war.
What was Operation Rolling Thunder?
Air assaults on North Vietnam.
What sort of fighting did the US use?
Jellied explosives, chemicals, etc.
What did Johnson claim?
He claimed that the aerial bombings were aimed at military targets and that they were winning the war.
Was the anti-war movement growing in support?
What did the Tet Offensive do?
It undermined Johnson's claim that the US was winning the war.
Why did Johnson change his policy?
It was taking resources away from the Great Society Programme and the people did not want to expand in the war.
What happened when Johnson called a partial halt to the bombings?
He withdrew from the presidential race and began talks with the North Vietnamese.
What did he put a halt to?
He put a halt to the bombings of Vietnam before he left the office in January 1969.
What did Johnson's involvement do?