Gulf Of Tonkin Incedent
Senator Wayne Morse says no to Vietnam 1964. A hero, one of two voting against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving the President the power to make war without Congress declaring war. A frontal attack on the Constitution by Lyndon Johnson that succeeded and plagues us to this day. More is a hero for fighting for the Constitution.
Tonkin Gulf Resolution: In August 1964, after North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked U.S. destroyers, President Johnson asked Congress for a resolution authorizing the president "to take all necessary measures" to defend Southeast Asia. Subsequently, Congress passed Public Law 88-408, which became known as the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, giving the president the power to take whatever actions he deemed necessary, including "the use of armed force."
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave the President the exclusive right to use military force without consulting the Senate, was based on a false pretext, as Johnson later admitted. By the end of 1964, there were approx. 23,000 military personnel in So. Vietnam -- casualties for 1964 totaled 1,278.