March 31, 1965 : Johnson publicly denies actions contemplated in Vietnam

Introduction

Responding to questions from reporters about the situation in Vietnam, President Johnson says, “I know of no far-reaching strategy that is being suggested or promulgated.” Early in the month, Johnson had sent 3,500 Marines to Da Nang to secure the U.S. airbase there. These troops were ostensibly there only for defensive purposes, but Johnson, despite his protestations to the contrary, was already considering giving the authorization for the U.S. troops to go from defensive to offensive tactics. This was a sensitive area, since such an authorization could (and did) lead to escalation in the war and a subsequent increase in the American commitment to it.

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March 31, 1965 : Johnson publicly denies actions contemplated in Vietnam

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    2009

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    March 31, 1965 : Johnson publicly denies actions contemplated in Vietnam

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    November 18, 2017

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