That might make sense except that the Socialist Democrat party replaced LBJ with his flunky toad, Humpty Dumpty.<quoted text>
Again, Prouty is clear in his boook the CIA ran black operations against North Vietnam where unmarked U.S. aircraft and ships made unprovoked attacks. When fired upon, the CIA falsely claimed the communists fired first.
The CIA is hardly a liberal organization, and especially during the Cold War era.
Even if Johnson knew and approved, I don't see this as black mark against the mainstream Democrat Party. For the simple reason that it goes against the grain of Democrat philosophy to launch these kinds of wars. You never saw this kind of thing under Roosevelt or Truman.
I believe Johnson likely knew the Gulf of Tonkin was a set-up and likely knew the South Vietnamese government was not the democracy he and the CIA made it out to be.
Which makes him a rightist and a renegade within the Democrat ranks.
For all of which he was kicked out of the party in 1968.
I might add, LBJ was a close friend of J. Edgar Hoover, oil tycoons H.L. Hunt and Clint Murchison, and the Root Brothers of the Construction Giant, H.L. Root, which later received a lucrative contract in Vietnam. There was nothing liberal about Johnson. And his relationship with the Northeast wing of the Democrat party, especially the Kennedys, was strained to put it mildly.
Besides, LBJ passed more Socialist legislation than all other Presidents combined. If Obama had 10% of the political skills of LBJ, Boehner would be irrelevant, lily would have a single payer system, all firearms would be banned, tax rates would be 90%, and only homosexual marriages would be recognized.
Thank God for the US that Obama is completely lacking in interpersonal skills.