letters | LBJ’s legacy

Tonkin Gulf can’t be forgiven

Admirers of President Lyndon Johnson are “working to rescue his legacy from the shadow of war” (National news, Feb. 16). Johnson, however, is forever doomed to remain with other similarly malevolent spirits in the trash bin of history.

History will not forget that full-scale US entry into the Vietnam War was precipitated by a lie — the Gulf of Tonkin incident.


In August 1964, Johnson used this fabricated crisis, involving supposed attacks on two US destroyers, to force through Congress a resolution authorizing war. Armed with this mandate, Johnson sent thousands upon thousands of US troops to Vietnam.

The 58,286 names on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington are testament to his evil impact on an entire generation.

Paul Yovino


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