"Aggression by terror against peaceful villages of South Vietnam has now been joined by open aggression on the high seas against the United States of America."
This frightful announcement was shocking to the American public when President Johnson had said this on television in 1964. He had explained that the Veitnamese had attacked two American destroyers, the Maddox and the Turner Joy, and will strike back. Since the alleged attack, LBJ persuaded congress to talk armed action against Veitnam. He knew he had to provide a false incident to increase secret U.S. military operations. In addition, LBJ did not want to make a formal declaration of war.
LBJ sent over thousands of troops to Veitnam. Then purposely bombed most of North Veitnam. He swore he would not send over any more marines, but secretly sent more troops to various locations of Veitnam. Congress didn't know what LBJ and his administration were doing at the time.
Those officails in Washington werre bullied by LBJ to agree to his fraudulent plans and policies on Veitnam.Government officials thought he was approving a plan to take pictures of Veitnam and fire if fired upon. This was false, LBJ had ordered troops to take pictures and shoot at anything that seemed very suspicious. Eventaully, the truth was brought to light and people had to testify on such conditions.
LBJ had painted the picture of honesty as a peacefulv individual. He tried to presuade U.S. citizens and officails that it was the time to help the Veitnames in providing them with food and medicine. In reality he wanted to destroy Veitnam to win the war, but he knew he couldn't push the issue because he diddn't want any trouble with China and the Soviet Union.
The war in Veitnam could have been stopped if congress had a backbone to reject LBJ's plans or proposals. Even though congress was tricked by LBJ and his administration on numerous accounts, they still supported his future plans on Veitnam.Obviously, officails in Washington were intimadated of LBJ and could not stand up to him.