Thursday, August 11, 2011

Saluting Coweta's Vietnam Veterans - The Conflict Intensifies

In August 1964, the U.S. Congress authorized President Lyndon Johnson to commit combat troops to Vietnam, but before he could implement his battle plan, Johnson had a more important piece of business to handle: Getting re-elected.

With antiwar sentiment building in the U.S. – largely on college campuses – Johnson did not want to look like a warmonger, even though his military advisors were already drawing up battle plans.

On the campaign trail Johnson said, "We are not about to send American boys nine or ten thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves."

Full story at times-herald.com