Source take on JFK’s policies and be committed

Source A tells me that Johnson took on JFK’s role as president when taking on this role, Johnson was obliged to take on JFK’s policies and be committed to them also, which included his support for Vietnam. Johnson was a strong supporter of the Domino Theory and feared communism. The source failed to mention how Johnson was reluctant to make an unpopular move that would change him getting re-elected for president. Such a move would include sending troops to fight in a foreign war. Johnson stated he would not send troops until the election was over. This showed much concern as some believed that 11 months would be too long for the South Vietnamese to cause more damage. This source is a secondary source in which came from an educational site which shows that this source can be trusted. Johnson shows concern about San Francisco and Hawaii, this shows he feared communism spreading across South East Asia as was JFK and Eisenhower. China turning communism in 1949 proved that the Domino Theory was becoming reality. The Domino Theory is a theory that assumes a communist government that would quickly lead to other countries turning communist. The Gulf of Tonkin resolution allowed Johnson to gain power and ability to go to any lengths to prevent any aggression.            Source B shows that America got more involved in Vietnam after the Vietnamese naval boats fired on the American boats, this gave Johnson more power to do as he wanted. The source is based on facts and was produced years after the event occurred. The US Congress approved of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution and gave Johnson the ability to oppose communist aggression. After Vietnamese ships attacked USS Maddox it increased the US involvement in 1964 which shows that the US was involved before this. Johnson was certainly not to use his powers of authority until after 1964 election. In March 1965 Johnson gave orders for Operation Rolling Thunder. Millions of bombs were dropped from 1965-1968. During operation Rolling Thunder, 3500 US Marines were sent for ground combat, this was also increased. Johnson stated in July 1965, 180,000 troops and 100,000 in 1966 would be sent. By 1968 over 500,000 US troops in Vietnam. The US gave SV economic aid and weapons to fight communists. Military advisors were also sent and some took part in raids. This was part of a covert operation as was the US training sailors to attack radar stations, bridges etc. The Tonkin resolution allowed Johnson to use the military for situations beyond his control, without needing permission.               Source C is a speech by General Westmoreland in 1967, which shows that this is an original source. The speech is trying to persuade the public to support Vietnam as it is vital for the US to succeed, which shows what the meaning of winning the Vietnam war is to them, it also says how the men fighting for Vietnam believe in what they are doing which shows how they want to stop communism spreading. The source shows that they want Vietnam to develop, and Westmoreland believes that western liberal capitalism was a better government. Westmoreland mentions the freedom of SE Asia, showing the concerns of Johnson and the Domino Theory. Westmoreland had seen the opposite of internal interaction documented by the enemy himself that this is aggression from the North. Westmoreland’s point of view is the US is fighting in Vietnam to protect their own country from NV as they have started a war to take over SV.          Source D shows posters of posters that are against communism and numbers of people that have been brutally murdered or enslaved. Some of the public were also in support of the war as much as politicians and military. There were few who thought that communism was anti-God and therefore grew supportive of the war. The source is original from 1967 which proves reliable. The picture represents a civil protest in honor of those killed and enslaved. As shown in the source 80,000,000 were murdered due to communism and 1,000,000,000 enslaved, they consider enslaved to be living in a country under communist rule. The citizens believed that the war would save more people. The hard hat riot of 1970 were 200 construction workers attacked an antiwar student protest and told them to love America or leave it.       To conclude, there was more opposition to the war than support. However, many ordinary citizens were in support of the war such as songwriters who wrote songs about the war in support, such as “unknown soldier” – The doors and many more. Buckley set up a pro-war movement. He suggested that nuclear weapons would be used to end the war. 


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