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He lied about the gulf of Tonkin which allowed him to wage war without congressional appprroval. We were never attacked a second time .We were were also violating their country by sabotaging their coastline, laying  landmines in it

Lbj and ladybird made about 150M off Vietnam . No wonder was so hard to leave. Lol

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Why did LBJ support the Vietnam war?

Containing communism

Johnson believed that if he permitted South Vietnam to fall through a conventional North Vietnamese invasion, the whole containment edifice so carefully constructed since World War II to stop the spread of communism (and the influence of the Soviet Union) would crumble.
Mar 6, 2015

This is what was the “popular opinion” circa 1967-1969 

I was 16 at the time so that was my perspective

Many high school graduates and college graduates 

were eager to sign up to fight the “commies!”

Of course there is always “The rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say!

The Leftists have left us!

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No judgement from me, just the facts and how I interpret them. 
Just like most presidents, Johnson was much loved and greatly hated, depending on who you ask. In fact, many today don't realize that his highly successful domestic programs that dramatically changed the way the U.S. and the role of the federal government play, are ongoing today. However, all that was definitely overshadowed over his failure to deal effectively with the Vietnam war. He fought that war for many reason truly believing it was essential to hold the line in Vietnam against the Communist trying to advance their antagonistic pollical theory and policy. Though in the end the effort to block the communist take over failed, the March into Saigon in 1975 by the North Vietnamese communism did not spread throughout the rest of Southeast Asia. Well, except for Laos and Cambodia. 
As always, way too much public opinion, and no solutions, makes for too much stress and mayhem. With that, the toughest most critized job in the world goes on.....

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