In addition, the US was to do anything necessary to prevent aggression towards the US and prevent any US allies in Asia. However, in 1995, Retired Vietnamese general Vo Nguyen Giap denied that the alleged attacks on US destroyers ever took place. President Johnson as well as Nixon in order to conduct military actions in south East Asia used the Tonkin Gulf resolution (The Vietnam War the Bitter End 1969 – 1975, 1997).
From 1959 to 1964, military personnel in the Viet Cong had grown from 5,000 to about a million men. However, American first deployed 2,000 in 1961 but this was increased to 16,500 in 1964 (Foreign Relation of the United States, Vietnam, 1991).
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