I'm just astounded that there are some on this thread who hadn't heard of the 'Domino Theory' - do they teach history in schools these days?
My Bn sailed from Hong Kong to Singapore in '65 to attend JWS in Malaya prior to operations in Borneo, en-route we were discussing the increasing US involvement in Vietnam when it was announced we were heading there! Imagine our surprise? Fortunately it was only to medevac a Chinese sailor!
This is extremely important, I was born in singapore in 1968.... had LBJ not swore at those chief of staffs in the oval office in 1965 , then my dad would maybe have never met my mum and I would not be here to pontificate over the issue ! hence, whatever the argument ,Im with the big mouth Texan all the way ... yeeha !