This is a reliable source since it offers the background analysis of the War, mythology surrounding Johnson and errors made by his close advisers. The writer is of the opinion that historians have attributed the decision of Lyndon Johnson to commit troops to Vietnam in 1965 to the surrounding advisors and the personality of Johnson. Barrett conquers with Lumbers (2004, pp 80), that Johnson was influenced by the Domino theory in escalating war in Vietnam. Barrett shares the same opinion with Logevall (2004, pp 11) that Johnson Great society programs were geared at gaining the American public to support the War. He stressed that the continued North Vietnam regime would attack China, India and Korea. According to Barrett, Lyndon was geared at strengthening the world order and keeping his promise to South Vietnam since America had been offered the South defensive support since 1954. Lyndon was absolutely sure that America would emerge victors after the long battle. The war was much televised and America was accused of injuring and killing innocent Vietnamese citizens in the bombing campaign. The author concludes by asserting that Johnson downplayed the impact of the costly war by making few public speeches, but his popularity declined due to his Domino theory. I believe this is an essential source in understanding the impact of Johnson Presidency on the outcomes of Vietnam War.
Lumbers is of the opinion that American failure in Vietnam war was much attributed to the President. The article is of the idea that the war hindered Johnson’s Great society dream and later created the Sino-American relations deadlock. According to Nancy Bernkopf, Johnson feared Chinese intervention during the War and thus altered the foreign policy toward China in 1965-1966. The author asserts that Johnson finally reconciled with China and allowed for the free flow of goods, people and