Gallery: LBJ the Power Broker

In the East Room of the White House in August of 1964, signing the “Gulf of Tonkin” resolution.

“By the time Johnson became president, the country’s commitments were greater than ever and still growing. South Vietnam was a resource sinkhole that got deeper and wider by the month. Israel was becoming an ally in all but name. The weapons judged necessary to maintain the credibility of the United States’ treaty promises were growing ever more expensive. At the same time, the United States’ share of the world economy was shrinking.” -- H.W. Brands, “Johnson the Power Broker”

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