On this day in history, August 7, 1964... The United States Congress gave President Lyndon B. Johnson broad war powers to deal with the North Vietnamese by passing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution came as a response to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which, according to the official story, said that North Vietnamese torpedo boats launched an “unprovoked attack” against a U.S. destroyer on “a routine patrol” in the Tonkin Gulf, and that North Vietnamese PT boats followed up with a “deliberate attack” on a pair of U.S. ships two days later. The Johnson administration relied heavily on the resolution to begin its rapid escalation of military involvement in South Vietnam and open warfare with North Vietnam. Soon after the "attack," details of the Gulf of Tonkin incident began to emerge, suggesting that it was actually a false flag psychological operation used to justify the escalation of the war by the United States.