"Our objective is the independence of South Vietnam and its freedom from attack. We want nothing for ourselves--only that the people of South Vietnam be allowed to guide their own country in its own way." -- Lyndon Johnson, April 7, 1965
This is LBJ's justification to the American public regarding the US escalation in Vietnam. How do you assess this statement? What are some of the objectives that you see behind the Vietnam conflict that Johnson did not mention here?