Lyndon B. Johnson 's Letter

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Introduction Lyndon B. Johnson, sworn into office on November twenty-second of nineteen sixty-three after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, was president during the Gulf of Tonkin incident. (White House) This incident was when “the U.S. destroyer Maddox exchanged shots with North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.” (History). Due to his place in the presidential office, Johnson had to make a tough decision. This decision required him to make an appearance before Congress to explain himself, and he did. In his message to Congress, titled Message to Congress Concerning the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, he defended his actions. With his use of loaded language, examples, and repetition, Lyndon B. Johnson presented a compelling…show more content…
Johnson then goes on to tell that America also signed a treaty in nineteen sixty-two that recognized the neutrality of the small country of Laos. He then states that North Vietnam also signed these treaties. He continues on to say that North Vietnam is now willfully going against those treaties by having conflicts in Laos, as well as being aggressive to the United States and the Republic of Vietnam. Johnson goes into closing after this, stating that North Vietnam disregarded the world’s will for peace. He then says that this conflict is not new. He says that America has faced similar conflict in places like Cuba and Greece. He then makes it known that America will not attack a peaceful country, but rather retaliate to the aggression of hostile ones. He closes by directly addressing all other Americans, stating that America is not divided even in this time of conflict. Analysis In Message to Congress Concerning the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, Lyndon B. Johnson uses various types of rhetoric. The first that is noticed is his use of loaded language. As with most political statements, words are chosen very carefully. Johnson’s message is a prime example of this fact. When describing the Gulf of Tonkin incident, Johnson says that, “On August 2 the United States destroyer Maddox was attacked on the high seas in the Gulf of Tonkin by hostile vessels of the Government of North Vietnam”
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