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President Lyndon Johnson used the Gulf of Tonkin incidents to get the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed. This permitted him to militarily assist any southeast Asian country that claimed to be victimized by communist aggression. He used this as justification to â??put boots on the groundâ?? (deploy troops) and begin open warfare with North Vietnam.

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Q: What president used the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution to fight the Vietnam War?
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Exit of the US in Vietnam War?

Nixon had been elected on a promise to Vietnamize the war, meaning more fighting would be turned over to the South Vietnamese army, and to start bringing home American troops. When the President ordered US troops into Cambodia and ordered more bombings, the result was a tremendous uproar at home with more marches and demonstrations. Congress reacted to the antiwar feeling and repealed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which gave the President the authority to send troops and fight the war in Vietnam. The United States did not lose the Vietnam War. Although some may argue that by pulling out of South Vietnam we did just that. In 1972, North Vietnam finally realized that the war was a stalemate. The two sides met and arranged a cease fire. In January of 1973 the Paris Accords went into effect. The US agreed to withdraw all its troops from Vietnam in 60 days. Congress had stopped funding the war effort. The North Vietnamese government agreed to release all prisoners, which they never did. Free elections were to be held in Vietnam. The President of South Vietnam considered the agreement between North Vietnam and the US as a sell out. But it allowed President Nixon to save face and bring the soldiers home. By 1975, after US troops had been pulled out of South Vietnam, the ARVN (Army of the Republic of South Vietnam) collapsed and the North Vietnamese moved into Saigon, ending the war and finalizing the take over of the South by the North. Our purpose in the war is debated to this day.

What drove American soldiers to fight in the Vietnam War?

They were drafted.

What are reasons for being anti Vietnam?

Being drafted (Conscripted) into the military to fight in Vietnam, was the number one reason for being "anti" during the war.

What were the war name that Abraham Lincoln fight?

the civil war. and he didnt fight he was the president at the time.

Did Abraham Lincoln fight the north civil war?

Abraham Lincoln is a president; presidents do not fight.

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When did the Tonkin Gulf Resolution give the president the authority to fight in Vietnam?


The opened the door to the Vietnam war by allowing the president to send troops to fight?

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

What was the name of the resolution passed by Congress that approved the sending of U.S. soldiers to fight in Vietnam?

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

What is the name of the resolution passed by congress that approved the sending of US soldiers to fight in the Vietnam War?

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

What is the name of the resolution passed by the congress that approved the sending of US soldiers to fight in the Vietnam war?

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

What incident led to congress passing a resolution to allow President Johnson to fight a war in Vietnam?

Gunboats from the North Vietnam Navy fired on US ships while they were in international waters in the Gulf of Tonkin. The Act of Congress that gave LBJ the authority to wage war was called the Tonkin Gulf Resolution.

How did the Gulf of Ton-kin Resolution affect President Lyndon B Johnson's ability to fight communism in South Vietnam?

The resolution allowed President Johnson to commit more troops to South Vietnam without the approval of Congress.

Why did the US fight the Vietnam War?

To contain the spread of Communism into Southeast Asia. This was called the "domino effect" that would have weakened US influence in the Pacific. The USSR was providing arms to North Vietnam.The pretext for directly using US forces was a provocation in the Gulf of Tonkin where the destroyer USS Maddox was attacked by by North Vietnamese patrol boats. President Lyndon Johnson supported the Tonkin Gulf Resolution by Congress and began to commit US air and ground forces to fight in South Vietnam.

Why did Congress pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution?

In the US a president can declare a war but it cannot be waged without the support of Congress because it finances the military. Congress clearly felt that something had to be done in the aftermath of the Gulf of Tonkin incident (an act of aggression upon two US vessels) and because of the strong anti-communist beliefs which existed at the time, because it passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, granting the President the power to retaliate against those deemed responsible and attempt to fight against communism by waging war on the Democratic Republic of Vietnam without the need for a formal declaration war.

Did the US authorize the Vietnam War?

Yes. Otherwise men could not have been inducted (drafted) to fight the war, and money would not have been available to finance the war. The Congressional authorization was the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which has since been shown to hve been based upon a gross exageration of the events in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Did president Kennedy send troops to Vietnam?

U.S. president Kennedy said many troops to Vietnam to fight the Vietnam War.

Why did Lyndon B. Johnson fight with north Vietnam?

Because the North Vietnamese Navy attacked the US Navy on the high seas (Tonkin Gulf).

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