096 – The Gulf of Tonkin Story – Part 2

John Prados, Mack Payne, vietnam veteran news

John Prados of the author of five books on Vietnam. He is a contributing writer to the VVA Veteran.

In this episode we will continue looking at John Prados’ article “Gulf of Tonkin – Ambiguous Push To War” that was in the VVA Veteran Magazine. John Prados is an analyst of national security based in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Political Science (International Relations) and focuses on presidential power, international relations, intelligence and military affairs. He is a senior fellow and project director with the National Security Archive at George Washington University. Prados heads the Archive’s documentation projects for Vietnam and for the CIA, is co-director of the Iraq project, and assists with the Archive’s Afghanistan project.

He has written many books including Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975. That may shed a little light on the tone of this article I am featuring in several episodes. His article gives a fascinating look at the “back office” events that led up to President Johnson making the decision to greatly increase America’s commitment to the Vietnam situation.


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