Originally Posted by Bruce R.
In other words your ignorance is showing again.
Interesting answer and who is the ignorant here? Are you implying the war was originally waged by the Generals and not the politicians. Maybe a chronological history of that conflict helps to refresh your memories a bit.
12 Feb '55 - President Eisenhower's administration sends the first U.S. advisers to South Vietnam to train the South Vietnamese Army
5 Sep '56 - President Eisenhower tells a news conference that the French are "involved in a hopelessly losing war in Indochina"
8 July '59 - Two Americans are killed and one wounded during a Viet Minh attack 20 miles north of Saigon
13 May '61 - President Kennedy orders 100 "special forces" troops to S. Vietnam
11 Dec '61 - U.S. aircraft carrier "Core" arrives in Saigon with 33 helicopters and 400 air and ground crewmen assigned to operate them for S. Vietnam
22 Dec '61 - SP4 James Davis of Livingston, Tennessee killed by Viet Cong (VC) later called by President Johnson "The first American to fall in defense of our freedom in Vietnam"
15 May '62 - President Kennedy orders an immediate build-up of US troops in Thailand to a total of 5,000 due to Communist attacks in Laos and movement toward the Thailand border
1 Nov '63 - S. Vietnamese President Diem and his brother are assassinated outside of Saigon. One coup follows another and weakens the war effort
Jun '64 - Henry Cabot Lodge resigned as US ambassador to Saigon
July '64 - Announcement states that US military contingent in Vietnam would increase 5,000 more to 21,000
2 Aug '64 - US Navy destroyers "Maddox" and "C. Turner Joy" are reported attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin (attacks 2 Aug + 4 Aug)
4 Aug '64 - US retaliatory strike destroyed 25 N. Vietnamese boats at their bases
4 Aug '64 - Later revealed in the "Pentagon Papers": A cable from the US commander of the destroyer task force stated, "No actual visual sighting. . . . .suggest complete evaluation before any further action."
7 Aug '64 - US Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution affirming "All necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States. . .to prevent further aggression. . . (and) assist any member or protocol state of the Southeast Asian Collective Defense Treaty (SEATO) requesting assistance. . ." US Senate voted (88-2) passed - Senator Wayne Morse (D-Oregon) and Senator Ernest Gruening (D-Alaska) voted against the resolution. US House voted (414-0) passed
Fall '64 - U.S. turns down an offer of secret peace talks with North Vietnam
7 Feb '65 - "In the early hours of February 7th, '65, the VC upped the ante when they launched a guerrilla assault against the military barracks at Pleiku where US military advisors were housed. The attack left 8 Americans dead, and President Johnson reacted as though the VC had delivered a personal insult." Johnson ordered a retaliatory air-strike against North Vietnam the next day. Operation "Rolling Thunder" began in mid-February and lasted 3 years
8 Mar '65 - "Two US Marine battalions arrived on the beach at DaNang in full battle gear. . . They were met not by enemy fire, but by curious onlookers. . . One soldier said, "The war was nowhere in sight."
16 Mar '65 - Alice Herz, an 82-year-old survivor of Nazi terror, set herself on fire in Detroit shortly after President Johnson announced major troop increases and the bombing of North Vietnam.
20 May '65 - Hanoi restates its peace proposal which "Washington" has already rejected
2 Nov '65 - Quaker Norman Morrison set himself on fire and died outside Secretary of Defense Robert McNamaraâ€™s Pentagon office, a scene McNamara witnessed
9 Nov '65 - Catholic Worker Roger LaPorte immolated himself opposite the United Nations building as an anti-war protest
'65 - The US Congress provided $2.4 Billion for the Vietnam war effort, with little dissent in the US House or Senate