Excerpt from "Address to the Nation by President Johnson," 4 August 1964, Department of State Bulletin, 24 August 1964, p. 259:


Source: Source: The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 3, pp. 718


"Address to the Nation by President Johnson," 4 August 1964, Department of State Bulletin, 24 August 1964, p. 259:

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In the larger sense this new act of aggression, aimed directly at our own forces, again brings home to all of us in the United States the importance of the struggle for peace and security in Southeast Asia. Aggression by terror against the peaceful villagers of South Vietnam has now been joined by open aggression on the high seas against the United States of America.

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