It’s understandable that admirers of JFK want to deflect responsibility for the Vietnam war to President Eisenhower, but it just isn’t so.
Eisenhower did support the French and he did provide military aid and training to what was then South Vietnam. But we had Military Assistance Groups (MAGs) in many countries providing the same military support as we provided Vietnam.
It was President Kennedy who introduced combat troops into Vietnam. It was the Kennedy administration that aided the overthrow and murder of South Vietnam President Ngô Đình Diệm. It was President Johnson who expanded the war based on a phony Gulf of Tonkin incident, and it was President Nixon who ended the war.
Democrats need to suck it up and admit to at least a few of their failings. President Bush (43) and Republicans are not responsible for Democrat screwups.
— Clyde Picht, Fort Worth