We also learn that the president thought of bringing back U.S. troops from Vietnam during his second term in office and ordering the removal of the ineffective South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem. At one point President Kennedy confided his fears of his generals to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev who was experiencing similar problems. JFK once told intimate friend Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post, that his first advice to his successor will be to watch out for the generals. Thurston Clarke’s recently published book JFK’s Last Hundred Days suggests that Kennedy’s own generals played a role in his assassination.
There is no question that then-Vice President Lyndon Johnson was aware of everything in advance, but thought there was nothing he could do without creating pandemonium. He then followed the generals’ orders to send more troops, which resulted in the death of thousands of American soldiers.
Finally, the truth is marching home.