After Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave President Johnson the authority to conduct the war as he saw fit, the United States developed its "Vietnam Defense Campaign." As more Americans died in Southeast Asia, even more were drafted.
But while the President talked at home, trying to address the concerns of an increasingly upset country (and to explain his reasons for escalating America's involvement in Southeast Asia), bombs exploded overseas. As LBJ predicted:
This will be a disorderly planet for a long time.
Decades later, the pictures and sounds of war are still haunting:
In 1966, America launched a "Vietnam Air Campaign." The F-4 Phantom II would soon become the workhorse of the war.