The US politics

In a popular view the US Republican Party are the hawks and Democrats are the doves. Also, Vietnam War is often viewed as an ultimate example of the super-power arrogance displayed by the US. In this context, it is interesting to look at the following facts:

  • Which president initiated the US military involvement by sending Special Forces to Vietnam? JFK (Democrat)
  • Which president ramped up the US commitment and conducted most of the war, including napalm bombing, Agent Orange etc? Lyndon Johnson (Democrat)
  • Which president campaigned on pulling out of Vietnam, sought peace through negotiations and eventually wound down the US military involvement in Vietnam? Richard Nixon (Republican)
  • Which president officially ended the Vietnam War? Gerald Ford (Republican)

All is not what it seems…

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