The Weekly History Thread

Welcome to this week’s History Thread! I’ll try coming up with discussion topics for future threads, but let’s again have fun talking about whatever.

This week’s picture: On August 7, 1964 both houses of Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. After two murky confrontations between American warships and North Vietnamese patrol boats off the coast of North Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson decided to ask Congress for authorization to use appropriate military force in the Vietnam War. The House passed the Resolution unanimously, while only two Senators (Ernest Gruening and Wayne Morse) dissented. Johnson used this as a blank check to escalate American presence in Vietnam. Fortunately, he and his successor spent that check wisely and prudently.