August 06, 1964 : Johnson Administration officials argue for resolution

Introduction

Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara and Secretary of State Dean Rusk appear before a joint Congressional committee on foreign affairs to present the Johnson administration’s arguments for a resolution authorizing the president “to take all necessary measures.” The New York Stock Exchange, reacting to the news of the crisis in Vietnam, experienced its sharpest decline since the death of President Kennedy. There were various rallies and peace vigils held across the United States protesting the bombing raids. Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater said he supported President Johnson’s ordering of the retaliatory raids, but that he intended to make the whole question of Vietnam a campaign issue.

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August 06, 1964 : Johnson Administration officials argue for resolution

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    August 06, 1964 : Johnson Administration officials argue for resolution

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  • Access Date

    November 20, 2017

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