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Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Washington in 1964: How Different It Was

Keith Runyon | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Keith Runyon

I read with interest, and a good bit of sadness, the story in The New York Times this week about the decline of the U.S. Senate Dining Room, apparently yet another victim of the noxious partisanship in our nation's capital.

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

Vietnam a Half Century after the Gulf of Tonkin

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

A look at Vietnam today makes plain just how mistaken and tragic the American venture into war there was. First, though, a brief summary of how the decisive turn into that disastrous mistake a half century ago occurred.

Ukraine and the Media Drumbeat

Martin Hellman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Media
Martin Hellman

The mistake of becoming involved in a war without first making sure our assumptions are correct is being repeated today with the civil war in Ukraine.

Congressional Contrarians Pay a Political Price for Their Dissent, but Are Often Vindicated by History

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

As 1952 and 1956 Democratic presidential nominee Adlai E. Stevenson reminds us: "All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions."

Endless War: Becoming 'the Evil That We Deplore'

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Beyond the worthy goal of repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force is a need for Congress to cut off appropriations for the "war on terror." A prerequisite: repudiating the lethal mythology of righteous war unbounded by national borders or conceivable duration.

Unanimous Conformity in the Senate

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Every living senator voted Wednesday to approve Gen. David Petraeus as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Call it the unanimity of lemmings -- except the senators and their families aren't the ones who'll keep plunging into the sea.

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution: a Somber History Lesson

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

The 45th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution should serve as a sobering reminder of the costly war that America was dragged into based on lies and shadowy misinformation.

Bipartisanship is Overrated

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

What the pundits fail to mention is the fact that some of the worst policies the United States government has enacted over the past forty years have been "bipartisan."