The Gulf of Tonkin Incident

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An Act Of War

The 1964 congressional resolution authorised President Lyndon Johnson to conduct military attacks in Vietnam. This action was considered a blank check for American military intervention that was based on lies.

The American destroyers and were not attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats on August 4th 1964, which was used to justify this resolution. This is now widely known, but since the Maddox had been fired upon two days earlier, some feel it was justified. However, few know that the US Navy had been supporting armed attacks along the coast and the Vietnamese were defending themselves.

“The Fog of War”; Lesson #7 about the incident:…

“Nasty! The inside story of Operation 34A”;…

“The Truth About Tonkin”;  Pat Paterson; Navy History Magazine; February 2008 provides an excellent summary:



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