National Press Club

Debate on Reassessing Vietname War on 50th Anniversary of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution

Debate on Reassessing Vietname War on 50th Anniversary of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution

August 5, 2014 1:00 PM

Location: Zenger Room

(Aug. 5, 1PM, National Press Club)

On August 7, 1964, by a combined vote of 504-2 (99.6%), Congress passed a joint resolution authorizing the President to use armed force to defend any of the Protocol States to the 1955 SEATO Treaty (South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos) requesting assistance in defense of its freedom. President Johnson signed it into law three days later, and in the decade that followed nearly three million American military personnel were sent into one of the most controversial and misunderstood conflicts in American history.

On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of that historic decision, a group of Vietnam veterans who (like most Vietnam veterans) believe the war was necessary, lawful, just, and winnable has invited more than two-dozen prominent critics of the war to select a champion to engage in a debate on Tuesday, August 5, at 1 PM in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club.

The Vietnam Veterans for Factual History (VVFH)—which includes professors who have taught about the war for decades as well as Medal of Honor recipients, retired four-star generals and admirals, prisoners of war, and former Special Forces soldiers—contends that admissions by Hanoi after the war, declassified government documents, and other evidence totally undermines the key arguments on which the anti-Vietnam narrative was based. (For example, Hanoi has admitted that it began a covert war to overthrow the government of South Vietnam in May 1959, more than five years before Congress authorized a defensive response.)

For further information and to reserve a (free) seat at the event, contact Stephen Sherman at 281-879-5688 or by email at Further information, including a discussion of some of the arguments, can also be found at

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Stephen Sherman