50 Years ago Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson escalated American involvement in the Vietnam after Congress passed the ‘Gulf of Tonkin Resolution’ giving the president power to use any degree of military force in Southeast Asia without having to ask for an official declaration of war. Thereby increasing the number of American troops from 16,000 advisors in non-combat roles in 1963 to over 550,000 with many in combat roles by 1968.
“It will be there when peace comes to us – and so will we. Not with soldiers and planes, not with bombs and bullets but with all the wondrous weapons of peace in the 20th century. And then, perhaps, together, all of the people in the world can share that gracious task with all the people of Viet-nam, North and South alike.”
Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson addression the association of American Cartoonist on the US policy in South Vietnam. Reaffirming the US policy and talking about a peaceful Vietnam, once the fighting can be brought to an end.