As a US Congressman Don Rumsfeld didn’t understand that, the Tonkin Gulf resolution was in fact a declaration of war but he and 503 Senators and Representatives would vote for it (2 voted against). We went in with no exit strategy while allowing the opposition to operate from safe havens in other countries, being re-supplied by Russia and China! When Saigon fell on 4/30/75 the USA would take in many thousands of South Vietnamese!
Fast forward to 2002 and Congress would once again vote overwhelming for another war resolution this time involving Iraq! But the vote was closer this time with 373 voting yes and 156 voting no. Once again we had no exit strategy while allowing the opposition to operate from safe havens and once again the Russians and China are supplying weapons. Having cut and run in Iraq Trump is now doing the same in Afghanistan and Syria. Soon we will be welcoming many Kurd’s into the USA!
General Marshall was correct that democracies can’t fight 7 year wars (Least wise successful ones)! Even more concerning is just how gullible democracies can be with respect to accepting made up stories of WMD and the US Navy being under fire! And that is all I’m going to say about that!