Wisdom from History, John F Kennedy..

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John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United   States, serving from 1961 until his death in 1963.

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After military service as commander of the Motor Torpedo Boats PT-109 and PT-59 during World War II in the South Pacific, …

Kennedy represented Massachusetts’ 11th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat…

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Thereafter, he served in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1960.

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Kennedy defeated Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. presidential election.

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Factoid: The Kennedy – Nixon debate was the first televised U.S. Presidential debate in our Nation’s history.

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(John Fitzgerald Kennedy – 35th President).

At 43 years of age, Kennedy was the youngest man to have been elected to the office of US President, second-youngest President (after Theodore Roosevelt), ..and the first person born in the 20th century to serve as president.

A Catholic, Kennedy is the only non-Protestant president, and is the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize.

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Events during his presidency included the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, …

The Bay of Pigs? When you sit on your ass and let men die, (at least in my considered opinion), ..it’s something you want to sweep under the rug, ..not add to your resume.

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Just ask Barack and Hillary. 

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..the building of the Berlin Wall,

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The space race…

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 The civil rights movement…

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The Vietnam War.

Now there’s something to be proud of, although I was never cast in a part of a Hollywood movie about the Vietnam War, I was cast in the part of an infantry 111, ..and/or, ..as we were seen by Lyndon B. Johnson, ..(extras) ..in the real deal.

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My squad and I, (first week in country), while we were all still in one piece and removing carbon dioxide from South East Asia’s foul air.

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Kennedy was a fervent believer in containing communism. In his first speech on becoming president, he made it clear that he would continue the policy of the former President, Dwight Eisenhower, and support the government of Diem in South   Vietnam.

Kennedy also made it plain that he supported the ‘Domino Theory’ and he was convinced that if South Vietnam fell to communism, then other states in the region would fall as a consequence, ..and that John Kennedy was not prepared to contemplate.

Kennedy received conflicting advice with regards to Vietnam. Charles De Gaulle fervently warned Kennedy that warfare in Vietnam would snare, ..and (trap) America in a “bottomless military and political swamp”.

This was based on the experience the French had at Dien Bien Phu, (a bad day for the French), which left a sizeable psychological scar of French foreign policy for some years.

However, Kennedy had more daily contact with ‘hawks’ in Washington D.C. who believed that American forces would be far better equipped and prepared for conflict in Vietnam than the French had been.

(My personal observation).

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They believed that just a small increase in U.S. support for Diem would ensure success in Vietnam. The ‘hawks’ in particular were strong supporters in the ‘Domino Theory’.

Also Kennedy had to show just exactly what he meant when he said that America should: …

“Pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend…to assure the survival and success of liberty ”.

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Of course it took the survival and liberty of more than 58,000 Americans to test Kennedy’s hypotheses, had he survived November 22 in Texas, I’m sure he would’ve been proud.

Question: Am I bitter? That’s not for me to answer, ask one of the 58,000 men who didn’t come home.

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The Kennedys, like the Rothschilds, (were and are) takers, not givers, (in my opinion) ..people who actually work for a living, wouldn’t miss either name in the world wide directory.

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In 1961, Kennedy agreed that America should finance an increase in the size of the South Vietnamese Army from 150,000 to 170,000. He also agreed that an extra 1000 U.S. military advisors should be sent to South Vietnam to help train the South Vietnamese Army. Both of these decisions were not made public as they broke the agreements made at the 1954 Geneva convention.

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Can you imagine, a fervently admired charismatic American president deciding to withhold information from the American public, 

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It was during Kennedy’s presidency that the ‘Strategic Hamlet’ program was introduced. This failed badly and almost certainly drove a number of South Vietnamese peasants into supporting the North Vietnamese communists.

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If memory serves? I believe some of my friends and I met a few of those fellows.

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 (Scene from the “Movie” Firebase Gloria).

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This forcible moving of peasants into secure compounds was supported by Diem and did a great deal to further the opposition to him in the South. American television reporters relayed to the US public that ‘Strategic Hamlet’ destroyed decades, if not hundreds, of years of village life in the South and that the process might only take half-a-day.

Here was a super-power effectively orchestrating the forced removal of peasants by the South Vietnamese Army who were not asked if they wanted to move.

To those who knew about U.S. involvement in Vietnam and were opposed to it, ‘Strategic Hamlet’ provided them with excellent propaganda opportunities.

Kennedy was informed about the anger of the South Vietnamese peasants and was shocked to learn that membership of the NLF had increased, according to U.S. Intelligence, by 300% in a two year time span, the years when ‘Strategic Hamlet’ was in operation.

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Question: Why would a man who spent his military career careening around the South Pacific with his shirt off in the Navy’s equivalent of a day cruiser, have any idea of how to fight a war in a pair of boots

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Kennedy’s response was to send more military advisors to Vietnam so that by the end of 1962 there were 12,000 of these advisors in South   Vietnam.

As well as sending more advisors to South Vietnam, he also sent 300 helicopters with U.S. pilots. They were told to avoid military combat at all costs…

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“Ya gotta love a man that will send you into a country where real (angry) men with real guns loaded with real (bona fide) Chinese manufactured bullets who’s purpose in life is to kill you, ..and give you an order to avoid combat at all cost!”

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..and believe that you are actually stupid enough to obey that order, or to even think about it…

..albeit, ..come to think about it, ..there might be one?

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Kennedy’s presidency also saw the response to the Diem government by some Buddhist monks.

On June 11th 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, committed suicide on a busy Saigon road by being burned to death.

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Other Buddhist monks followed his example in August 1963.

Television reported these events throughout the world. A member of Diem’s government said: …

“Let them burn, and we shall clap our hands.” 

Another member of Diem’s government was reported to say that he would be happy to provide the Buddhist monks with petrol.

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Kennedy became convinced that Diem could never unite South Vietnam and he agreed that the CIA should initiate a program to overthrow him. A CIA operative, Lucien Conein, provided some South Vietnamese generals with $40,000 to overthrow Diem with the added guarantee that the U.S. would not protect the South   Vietnam leader.

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Diem was overthrown and killed in November 1963.

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Kennedy was assassinated three weeks later.

Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was accused of the crime, but he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later, before a trial could take place.

The FBI and the Warren Commission officially concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin. However, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded that those investigations were flawed and that Kennedy was probably assassinated as the result of a conspiracy.

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Kennedy’s controversial Department of Defense TFX fighter bomber program led to a Congressional investigation that lasted from 1963 to 1970.

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Since the 1960s information concerning Kennedy’s private life has come to light. Details of Kennedy’s health problems in which he struggled have become better known, especially since the 1990s.

Although initially kept secret from the general public, reports of Kennedy’s philandering have garnered much press.

Nevertheless John Kennedy still ranks quite high in public opinion ratings of U.S. presidents.

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Question: Did I personally like John F. Kennedy?

Absolutely not, (although John F. Kennedy was every bit as charismatic as Barack Obama), ..he was also every bit the (liar and phony) that Barack Obama is…

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Bottom line, John Kennedy was just another polition who said one thing and did another.

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Kennedy was totally dishonest and misleading when it came to leveling with the American people and the Nation about his health or his philandering.

Knowledge of either or both, would have kept Kennedy out of the Oval Office.

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Reported by Lawrence K Altman and Todd S. Purdum.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 — The first thorough examination of President John F. Kennedy’s medical records, conducted by an independent presidential historian with a medical consultant, has found that Kennedy suffered from more ailments, was in far greater pain and was taking many more medications than the public knew at the time or biographers have since described.

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In (both my humble and considered opinions), ..outside the confines of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, ..or in a well protected Las Vegas Night Club, ..dealing with (other than) ..a bevy of “well assembled” chorus girls, Kennedy, (in the “tradition” of our current commander-in-chief) ..wasn’t an aggressive guy.

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 Frank on the other hand, ..would have made one a hell of a president. (Sinatra that didn’t take crap from anyone). In fact, I can close my eyes and with little or no effort, ..I can see his “Mug” carved on mount Rushmore.

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If Sinatra would have been the President on November 22, 1963, ..he wouldn’t have been riding in an open car, ..and the Rothschilds today, ..instead of satisfying their accounts with  “America’s ” tax dollars, ..they’d be peddling lemonade and cookies in front of the Bank of England…

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 ..for their family’s Schillings.

With the single exception of making an effort to end the Federal Reserve Bank, Kennedy’s administration, (in my humble, albeit fervent opinion) actually provided America with little or nothing.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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