Essay: How Johnson and Nixon dealt with Vietnam
Johnson too never changed much from what Kennedy was doing. Vietnamese scholars believe that he perpetuated the war even further. They argue that Johnson subtly designed policy changes that saw the first national security action (NSAM 273) under Johnson giving a go ahead of covert mission in Vietnam (Keith, 36). It is this event that lead to the Tonkin event ht persuaded the congress to authorize further war activities in Vietnam.
Although the NSAM 2730 was drafted in Kennedy’s tenure, of which he never saw, Johnson implemented it. The difference between the two was that Johnson made a few amendments to policies on Vietnam war but the eventual effect remained the same.
Nixon was the vice president to Eisenhower, a position that made him encounter protest from students who were calling for the end of the war. He had no options but agree with the only if the war could be won honorably (Keith, 41). After he became president in he perpetuated the war but later set to talks that saw the war end in 1971. He promised monetary support to poor nations to defend themselves although south Vietnam was recaptured by the north in 1975.