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The United States of America is often described as invincible and unyielding Yet during the Vietnam War America was forced to look at its weaknesses both politically and militarily President Lyndon B Johnson in sending US Marines in March 1965 followed shortly thereafter by US Army ground combat units broke the strategic continuity of American involvement in Vietnam and in so doing paved the way for the US forces ultimate defeat Thus it is plausible that President Johnsons policy in Vietnam was doomed to fail from the beginning Although South Vietnam asked for help which the United States had previously promised the entire conflict was managed in order to meet personal political agendas and to remain politically correct in the worlds eyes rather than to bring a quick and decisive end to the conflict This can be seen in the selective bombing of Hanoi throughout the course of the Vietnam War Politically this strategy looked very good However militarily it was ludicrous War is the one arena in which politicians have no place War is the militarys sole purpose United States involvement in Vietnam continued to escalate throughout the 1950s and into the early 1960s On August 4 1964 the Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred in which American Naval Vessels in South Vietnamese waters were fired upon by North Vietnam On August 5 1964 President Johnson requested a resolution expressing the determination of the United States to continue in its basic policy of assisting the free nations of the area to defend their freedom History of the United States On August 7 1964 in response to the presidential request Congress authorized President Johnson to take all necessary measures to repel any attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression A The selective bombing of North Vietnam began immediately in response to this resolution In March of the following year U S Troops began to arrive Although the Gulf
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