August 31, 1967 : Senate Committee calls for stepped-up bombing

Introduction

Senate Preparedness Investigating Committee issues a call to step up bombing against the North, declaring that McNamara had “shackled” the air war against Hanoi, and calling for “closure, neutralization, or isolation of Haiphong.” President Johnson, attempting to placate Congressional “hawks” and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expanded the approved list of targets in the north, authorizing strikes against bridges, barracks, and railyards in the Hanoi-Haipong area and additional targets in the previously restricted areas along the Chinese border.

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August 31, 1967 : Senate Committee calls for stepped-up bombing

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    August 31, 1967 : Senate Committee calls for stepped-up bombing

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/senate-committee-calls-for-stepped-up-bombing

  • Access Date

    December 11, 2017

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    A+E Networks