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It is a classic example of a FALSE FLAG. there are two instances that took place as the us navy was in northern Vietnam waters and were attacked. but this led to nowhere so the us government concocted a story that they were attacked again days later however there was no attack by the north Vietnamese it was a false story and the us media ran with it.

This enabled President Lyndon B. Johnson to persuade congress to pass the gulf of tonkin resolution which granted President Lyndon B. Johnson the authority to assist any Southeast Asian country whose government was considered to be jeopardized by "communist aggression". The resolution served as Johnson's legal justification for deploying US conventional forces and the commencement of open warfare against North Vietnam.

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1. 02 August 1964, three torpedo boats from the North Vietnamese Navy's 135th Torpedo Squadron engaged the destroyer USS Maddox in the Gulf.

2. 04 August 1964, alleged torpedo boats from the North Vietnamese Navy engaged destroyers USS Maddox (again) and USS Turner Joy in the Gulf. "Tonkin Ghosts" (false radar images) are believed to have been the real adversaries on 04 August 1964.

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It was the Congressional resolution authorizing the deployment of US combat forces to South Vietnam, which occurred following a naval engagement between the US and North Vietnam.

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Gave the green light for war between the two nations (US & North Vietnam).

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It meant the Americans were officially a part of the conflict between North and South Vietnam

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The residents Johnson said that an American ship was bombed in the Gulf of Tonkin - that was a lie. However, that lie helped him to send U.S. troops to Vietnam.

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Legal authority for LBJ to used whatever military force he thought he needed in Vietnam/led to war between Hanoi & Washington.

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Because it happened on his watch.

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Because

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all of the above - apex

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Q: What was the Tonkin Gulf Resolution and why did President Johnson come up with it?
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