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12. I'm going to get flamed for this but here goes. Lyndon Johnson.............
Sat Sep 7, 2013, 12:42 PM
Sep 2013

It was a different time. Communism was hell bent on world domination. The Cuban missile crises was proof enough.
Soviet Russia was capable and willing to do considerably more damage than lighting their shoes on fire or neutering themselves with an underwear bomb.

Johnson was faced with some extremely bad choices. He could allow the spread of Communism and risk a nuclear war as a final outcome. Or he could take a course of action he knew was wrong.

Lyndon Johnson was not interested in waging a war in Southeast Asia. In fact, he was desperate to avoid a conflict that might compete with the funding requirements for his expansive domestic agenda. His national security team, primarily composed of Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara, National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy, and Secretary of State Dean Rusk strongly urged or at least did not dissuade the President from pursuing an aggressive stand against North Vietnam. These advisors were concerned that if the U.S. did not respond to North Vietnamese aggression, the nation would lose credibility in its dealings with the Soviet Union, China and other communist threats.

Yes, it was the wrong thing to do, but their were far fewer options than their are currently in our optional war in Syria.

Should there be any wonder, I was on the side singing songs and carrying signs.

Johnson likely could have won a second term. He chose not to run. Not only did he loose the nation, I believe he no longer wanted the job.


I voted FDR gopiscrap Sep 2013 #1
He saved the world. (nt) Nye Bevan Sep 2013 #5
Washington Benton D Struckcheon Sep 2013 #2
Yeah I like what you say gopiscrap Sep 2013 #3
McKinley set the stage for Wilson, that's when the U.S. Uncle Joe Sep 2013 #13
Without a doubt, FDR. David__77 Sep 2013 #4
Obama undeterred Sep 2013 #6
:) Kolesar Sep 2013 #9
Lincoln adopted the cause of the way-outmatched abolitionists Kolesar Sep 2013 #7
+1. I had Washington and FDR tied for 2nd - nt HardTimes99 Sep 2013 #15
. blkmusclmachine Sep 2013 #8
Kennedy shenmue Sep 2013 #10
Why? gopiscrap Sep 2013 #11
Ditto for Kennedy. n/t RebelOne Sep 2013 #16
I'm going to get flamed for this but here goes. Lyndon Johnson............. wandy Sep 2013 #12
I voted the man so popular, mick063 Sep 2013 #14
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