President Johnson took his case for escalation to the American people at Johns Hopkins University on April 7, 1965. The buzz lines sound ominously familiar in more recent history.
Attacks were stepped up on South Vietnam, so our response was to increase attacks, not as a change of purpose, but an affirmation. This was a reaffirmation of our resolve. “We will not be defeated.”
- Long, continued conflict
- We have the will to endure
- Convince with guns because words have failed us.
- We fight for values and principles, rather than territory.
- Our patience is unending.