Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

(1964)

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Impact

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution had a tragic impact on American society. It led the United States into a cruel and expensive conflict that, in the end, the nation realized could not be won. Through the determined and firm resolution, Johnson effectively eliminated Vietnam as a topic of the campaign for the 1964 presidential election. However, the escalation of the war allowed by the resolution permanently etched the tragedy of Vietnam into Johnson's second administration, drawing...