A dour half-century anniversary rapidly approaches. Allusion is made to the beginning of that military entanglement known as the Vietnam War.
It was on Aug. 2, 1964 that President Johnson announced that U.S. vessels had been attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin by North Vietnamese craft. Then, on Aug. 7, 1964, Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, allowing the chief executive “to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against forces of the United States.”’
Even now, from a historical perspective, a formal declaration of war still seems much better than warfare by commander-in-chief.