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The Gulf of Tonkin

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Sara Siddiqui

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What is it?
The Gulf of Tonkin

By Sara Siddiqui
The Gulf of Tonkin is a body of water that is located on the Eastern Coast of North Vietnam. It is mainly known as where the Gulf of Tonkin Incident (two separate events) took place in August of 1964.
August 2nd, 1964
August 7-10th, 1964
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was signed into law, authorizing President Lyndon B. Johnson to do whatever he felt appropriate in order to keep peace between the U.S. and North Vietnam. They used this as an excuse to have military forces in Vietnam.
August 4th, 1964
The second "assault" upon United States' forces by the North Vietnamese. , It seems that this was staged, and it is rumored that it was only used as a basis to insert ourselves into the war.
Basic Timeline
The Gulf of Tonkin
What was the conflict?
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was between the United States and North Vietnam. There were two separate events, the first being when three Northern Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked the USS Maddox, resulting in the sinking of one torpedo boat on August 2nd, 1964. The other event supposedly occurred two days after, and was very similar. The following occurrences were the main cause for the United States' official entry into the Vietnam War, and it is widely debated that there was no true reason behind the decision. This is because the events of August 4th have been claimed to be staged by the government.
On August 2nd, 1964, the
USS Maddox
was attacked by three North Vietnamese torpedo boats while in the Gulf of Tonkin, which is located off of the East Coast of North Vietnam.
What was the resolution?
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was the United States' reaction to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, which had taken place not even a week before.
This was a Congressional resolution that allowed military action in order to aid Southeast Asia. It supported the president in any decision he would take in order to protect the United States and South Vietnam from any future harm. It also stated that peace was desired, but that measures would be taken to prevent any impending conflict between the U.S, South Vietnam, and the North.
The events that were claimed to have happened on August 4th of 1964 actually seem to be fake, and the American government supposedly staged them. Since this was what caused the U.S. to be fully thrown into the dispute with North Vietnam, it is believed by many that our involvement with the war was not necessary.
August 4th, 1964
What really happened?
Tapes From the Incident
http://whitehousetapes.net/exhibit/gulf-tonkin-1964-perspectives-lyndon-johnson-and-national-military-command-center-tapes
Sources
http://www.history.com/topics/gulf-of-tonkin-resolution

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB132/

http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq120-1.htm


http://m.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2008-02/truth-about-tonkin

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=98#
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