” Lyndon Johnson turned what had been a limited, largely guerrilla conflict into an all-out war.” (Pg.225)
After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, Vice president Lyndon Johnson inherited the Presidency and crisis in Vietnam. Instead of ending the small crisis in Vietnam, Johnson increased the number of deployed U.S troops to ensure a victory. His plans back fired and the small conflict escalated to a full blown war, with many U.S soldiers lost their life due to the inexperience of guerrilla warfare. It was clearly to the American people, that the war was a total failure which led to antiwar movements. President Johnson’s approval rating rapidly declined, and chose not to seek re-election.