7 August

'As I have repeatedly made clear, the United States intends no rashness, and seeks no wider war. We must make it clear to all that the United States is united in its determination to bring about the end of Communist subversion and aggression in the area.' _ President's message to congress

August 7, 2009 · 1 min read

Today in 1964, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed as a joint resolution of the US Congress. Without any formal declaration of war, it was used as the legal authority for an escalation of US involvement in the Vietnam conflict.

1. America keeps her word. Here as elsewhere, we must and shall honor our commitments.

2. The issue is the future of southeast Asia as a whole. A threat to any nation in that region is a threat to all, and a threat to us.

3. Our purpose is peace.. We have no military, political, or territorial ambitions in the area.

4. This is not just a jungle war, but a struggle for freedom on every front of human activity. Our military and economic assistance to South Vietnam and Laos in particular has the purpose of helping these countries to repel aggression and strengthen their independence.

President’s message to Congress 5 August 1964

Source: US Congress, Senate, Committee on Foreign Relations, 90th Congress, 1st Session


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