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Eisenhower was the first in (well, actually it was FDR's orders to Stillwell in WWII, but who is counting?) with observers then Kennedy followed with trainers. "Gulf of Tonkin resolution" gave LBJ the excuse to elevate it.
I think it's perfectly reasonable to lay the blame for what we've come to label as the Vietnam War squarely at the feet of LBJ. Sure, he didn't initiate our involvement, but he most surely escalated our commitment the level that it eventually became, which included the reinstatement of the draft.
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My sense at the time was that if we could have gone from Ike to LBJ the Vietnam war might not have happened. I wasn't in favor of the war, or our reasons for getting in, but I will never forget the pictures of our helicopters trying to pluck people from the roof of the US Embassy in Saigon after we surrendered. I think many here would like to see the same thing happen in Bahgad...
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We are accomplishing a great deal for freedom in the world by our work in Iraq, and it will not be in vein if we do not cut and run as we did in 'Nam. If we are going to sacrifice 50k++ we at least should stay the course.
^^^^^^^^Anybody who actually still believes THAT, today, is deaf, dumb and blind, as well as stupid and sick.

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