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Johnson urged to declare a state of national emergency

Johnson urged to declare a state of national emergency

President Lyndon B. Johnson, throughout discussions in what to do concerning the deteriorating scenario in Vietnam, is told by some he need to supply the American public all the details, require an enhance in taxes, mobilize the reserves, and declare circumstances of national emergency in the United States. Johnson rejected this technique, and informed his staff he wanted any decisions implemented in a “low-key manner” to keep from an abrupt challenge to the communists, also to stay away from undue concern and excitement in Congress and in domestic public opinion. During these discussions, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara urged the president to “expand promptly and substantially” the U.S. military presence in South Vietnam. Johnson, not attempting to “lose” Vietnam to the communists, eventually accepted McNamara’s recommendation and authorized a complete of 44 U.S. battalions in South Vietnam, which resulted in an enormous escalation of the pugilative war.

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