Talk:Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

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New York Times v. United States of America[edit]

Missing Info about the Resolution. Court Case: NY Times v United States - 1971 - Freedom of the Press


Who the heck wrote "...passed a fat man into a large pot of cheese..." on the first line of the article? Would some admin please ban whoever wrote that?

Correct information????[edit]

It has recently come to light that the Tonkin Resolution was a result of "Deception" on part of the U.S. government looking for justification to enter the Vietnam War. This is just One source - more can be found online.

"According to the resolution, its purpose was to 'promote international peace and security'... It was later revealed that the federal government had drafted the Tonkin Gulf Resolution fully six months before the attacks on the U.S. vessels occurred. It was also revealed that the United States provoked the attack by assisting the South Vietnamese in mounting clandestine military attacks against the North Vietnamese" — quote from US Law Encyclopedia.
"In 1970, Congress repealed the resolution, but by then Johnson's successor, President Richard M. Nixon, argued that the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was not necessary to continue the war. Displeasure with the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution led Congress to enact the War Powers Resolution of 1973, over Nixon's veto. It requires Presidents to withdraw troops from combat after 60 days unless Congress has approved the military action." — quote from US Government Guide. Johannjs (talk) 03:38, 12 July 2010 (UTC)

What is "US Government Guide"? The one at Its links to that quote are circular, and no actual source for the claim of pre-drafting is forthcoming. Other sources (such as the NSA archive at GWU) offer no suggestions at all that the Resolution was drafted "six months before", rather than immediately after the attacks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:53, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

historically significant[edit]

I think I have made a useful edit with citation. If you disagree please discuss. Abtract 22:10, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

RE-ELECTION of Johnson[edit]

Re-election of johnson In the election of 1964, Johnson was not running for re-election as President, he had been elected as Kennedy's Vice President, and ascended to the presidency upon Kennedy's assassination in 1963. So, Johnson was running for his first Presidential election in 1964. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by PKn (talkcontribs) 18:23, 28 February 2007 (UTC).

Hon Nieu transmitter[edit]

Could someone explain what the Hon Nieu transmitter was transmitting, that the U.S./South Vietnam wanted it blown up so badly? Was it a radio program or a radar site? 22:17, 18 July 2007 (UTC)

Undid revision 414985908 by (talk) Vandalism again.[edit]

Someone Vandalised this article AGAIN. I just reverted to an earlier version. -- (talk) 06:50, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Conflicting information[edit]

I have added citation tags to both this and a related article due to conflicting information, as follows

The Maddox took a torpedo that killed three men in the port bow.

No US sailors were killed or wounded, and the Maddox did not sustain serious damage; (talk) 19:38, 3 July 2012 (UTC)


Congress repealed the resolution in 1970, and, as the article says, the Nixon Administration opposed such congressional action. Did President Nixon veto the repeal or did he sign it into law? I would suggest to add some words about that. --Jerchel (talk) 18:14, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

Confusion about dates[edit]

At the end of the "Congressional Action" section, it says Congress voted on Aug. 10, but [1] seems to indicate that the vote happened on Aug. 7. The intro here says passed on Aug. 7, enacted on Aug. 10. Does the Congressional Action section need to be corrected, or am I missing some fine detail of legislative procedure? Krychek (talk) 17:25, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

Why only 90 senate votes?[edit]

How many members did the US Senate have at this time? I would expect 100 (2 for each state), but only 90 members voted on this. Anybody know why? Thanks. (talk) 08:40, 24 January 2017 (UTC)