Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Guiding Questions
Most history books say that the United States war in Vietnam began in 1964, after Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. However, it’s no secret that the United States had been very involved in the region for at least a decade before. By the time JFK was assassinated in 1963, the United States had 16,000 military troops in Vietnam. Today we’re going to try to answer the question: Was the U.S. planning to go to war in Vietnam before August 1964? Document A
1. According to this document, what did the North Vietnamese do? the US ships
2. Why did the United States feel compelled to respond at this point? because they were delivery and repetibely attack
3. According to this document, was the U.S. planning to go to war in Vietnam before August 1964? Explain your answer. Yes because we were assisting the people of south stevia Document B
1. When was this document written? Who wrote it? May 26 1964 Bundy 2. What did Bundy suggest to the President? It is further recommended that our clear purpose in this decision should be to use all our influence to bring about a major reduction or elimination of North Vietnamese
interference in Laos and in South Vietnam, and not to unroll a scenario aimed at the use of force as an end in itself.
3. What are three reasons why Bundy made this recommendation? Communisis , fear of the dominoes theory, it god to be military this people will not listing to anything that is not military, 4. According to this document, was the U.S. planning to go to war in Vietnam before August 1964? Explain your answer. Yes. Because it was clear that all four policy the next step was to go to Vietnam Document C
1. When was this document written? Who wrote it? William Bundy 2. How did Rusk feel about the South Vietnamese government’s ability to fight the Communists? Support your answer with evidence. He has no confidence in his ability 3. Why did Rusk think attacking...
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