Bystanders to the Vietnam War
The Role of the United States Senate, 1950–1965
About the Book
Who was most responsible for the Vietnam War? Did President Lyndon Johnson simply continue the policies of his predecessors, Eisenhower and Kennedy, or was he the principal architect? What responsibility did Congress share? Was the Senate a coequal partner in creating the Vietnam policy or a secondary player?
Focusing on the U.S. Senate’s role in the war, this history records the various senators’ views in their own words. The author demonstrates that during the 20-year conflict—as throughout American history—the president was the principal formulator of policy on war and peace, including during the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
About the Author(s)
Ronald Allen Goldberg was a long time professor of U.S. history and former chairman of the history department at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia.
Ronald Allen Goldberg
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 18 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
Table of Contents
I. Historical Introduction 3
II. The Years of Growing Involvement 14
III. The Decision Not to Intervene 31
IV. The Creation of the Southeast Asia
Treaty Organization 45
V. The Geneva Conference 58
VI. The Quiet Years 71
VII. The Kennedy Years 84
VIII. The Tonkin Gulf Affair 100
IX. The Decision to Escalate 117
X. Conclusions 131
Chapter Notes 135