LBJ was a LIBERAL Democrat.<quoted text>
Yes, I did.
Although I should have stated the possibility that Johnson was misled by CIA black ops of the type Prouty mentions.
In a best case scenario for you, Johnson is complicit with the CIA. But this doesn't help you seize the moral high ground.
Because in such a scenario, we simply have a rightwing Democrat working in unison with a rightwing government bureaucracy and in defiance of mainstream Democrat beliefs. Sorry, but this makes LBJ more in political alignment with the Ronald Reagans and GW Bushs of your side.
The key thing is that CIA conservatives were the prime movers of the Vietnam War. They were the first personnel to enter the country. They had operational control of all U.S. units in Vietnam for ten years until the big war opened up. And they were running black operations against the North to provoke a conflict.
CIA conservatives. Live with it.
If JFK had remained in office, none of the Civil Rights legislation or Great Society legislation promoted by LBJ would have passed.
Your revisionist history is a joke.