Dan R Allen wrote:

> 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,

That was to get Congress behind him. It was his "9-11" if you will, with one
difference: at least 9-11 really happened.

>
> 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]
> > ===========================================
> > "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
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> > All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
> >
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> Marc A. Schindler
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> falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
> --Michelangelo Buonarroti
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and
falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
--Michelangelo Buonarroti

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