Marc:
I don't believe it was LBJ who got the US into Vietnam -- but rather JFK.

Dan:
Right. There were approximately 17,000 US troops in Vietnam by the end of
'63, mostly in either advisory or combat support roles.
But LBJ definitely escalated that war, first with the Gulf of Tonkin issue,
and then the introduction of using US troops in offensive actions. The US
had pretty much taken over the war from the ARVN by 1965. The number of US
troops in Vietnam was approximately 510,000 by the end of 1968.
Nixon started the withdrawal from Vietnam - 115,000 in April of 1970, and
an additional 150,000 by 1971.

"John W. Redelfs" wrote:

> After careful consideration, Gary Smith wrote:
> >I'm no Nixon fan, but actually his goal was to get us OUT of Vietnam
> >(which LBJ got us heavily into) "with Honor."
>
> I don't believe this.  Do you have evidence?  The man was the biggest
liar
> that ever sat in the White House until Clinton.  So how are we even
> supposed to know that his goals were?  I think his goal was to "go down
in
> history."  In his impossibly vast ego he worried more about his legacy
than
> any other president.  Or so it seems to me.
>
> John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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> "It may be, for instance, that nothing except the power of
> faith and the authority of the priesthood can save
> individuals and congregations from the atomic holocausts
> that surely shall be."  --Bruce R. McConkie
> ===========================================
> All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
>
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Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
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