Ground Troops and the Tonkin Gulf Resolution

In this morning telephone conversation with the secretary of defense, Johnson expresses dismay at recent proposals, prepared by his most senior civilian officials, for U.S. action in Vietnam. Speaking with Secretary McNamara about various options open to the administration, Johnson reflects on the August 1964 Tonkin Gulf Resolution and its implications for an expanded American military commitment.

Date: 
Jul 02, 1965
Participants: 
Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara
Conversation Number: 
WH6507.01-8302