“Gentlemen, I want you to know I’m not going to let Vietnam go the way China did. I’m personally committed. I’m not going to take one soldier out of there ’til they know we mean business in Asia…You just get me elected, and I’ll give you your damned war.” (Source: Oliver Stone’s “JFK”).
While it is not known that these words were actually (ever) used or that the conversation ever occurred however, LBJ’s acrid temperament was well know from as far back as his Texas origins along with his insatiable appetite for breaking norms, to the extreme in some cases, to affect his will.
What we do know is that the “Gulf of Tonkin”, the vehicle used to trigger U.S. full-scale commitment to the War in Vietnam, was a complete fabrication and never actually occurred. It is also known that LBJ reversed JFK’s preferred course of withdrawal from Vietnam. It has been suggested that the reason for LBJ’s withdrawal of his 1968 Presidential Candidacy was because he was threatened with exposure of his complicity in both the “Gulf of Tonkin” affair as well as the JFK Assassination.
Similarities of coincidence? Not likely as there is no such thing as coincidence but merely the effect of consequential-will crossing paths with others of similar flair.
Curtis C. Greco, Founder