Quotes of the Day for 2 August 2001 – Vietnam
On this day in 1964 a North Vietnamese gunboat attacked a US Navy destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin. Or that was the report, it is still rumored that the attack may have been staged or made up by the CIA as an excuse to go to war. Five days later the US Senate passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which started the US involvement. Here are some quotes on that experience, add salt to taste.
No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. Rarely have so many people been so wrong about so much. Never have the consequences of their misunderstanding been so tragic.
- Richard M. Nixon
Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression of others has increased in Vietnam. There is not, and there will not be, a mindless escalation.
- Lyndon Baines Johnson
The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles.... What President Nixon and I tried to do was unnatural. And that is why we didn't make it.
- Henry Kissinger
The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust [our own] government statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on [them].
- Senator James William Fulbright
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