New book explores Kennedy

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President Kennedy’s assassination saga began with the Bay of Pigs invasion, organized under President Eisenhower’s last year in office. The 1,200 Cuban exiles would disembark on Cuban shores and, once control was established, a government in arms would be proclaimed, with a civilian one in Miami.

The unexpected new President Kennedy (it was Richard Nixon who was supposed to win) assured the country that not a single American would be involved, yet the CIA was certain that Kennedy would go forward with a full invasion.

Thurston Clarke, in his extraordinary book JFK’s Last Hundred Days, tells us that U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Curtis LeMay “was furious with Kennedy for refusing to provide air support for the Cuban rebels and accused Kennedy of cowardice.” Kennedy told Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Lyman Lemnitzer that he could not imagine a set of events “that would justify and make it desirable to use American forces of overt military action against Castro’s Cuba.”

LeMay also mentioned the possibility of a coup and commented that the military would almost feel that it was their patriotic obligation to stand ready to preserve the integrity of the nation, and told him to bomb the Soviet missile sites in Cuba, and that he did not see any other solution but military intervention “right now.”

He also condemned a blockade as being almost as bad as the appeasement at Munich, and bluntly said, “I think a blockade and political talks would be considered by a lot of our friends as a pretty weak respond to this crisis. ... In other words you are in a pretty bad fix at the present time.”

“What are you saying?” Kennedy asked, forcing LeMay to repeat: “You are in a pretty bad fix.”

“You are in this with me” Kennedy replied and, after a pause, added, “personally.”

Clarke is certain that Kennedy repeatedly and categorically refused to send U.S. combat units to Vietnam and, if re-elected, would bring the troops back.

Kennedy’s speech at American University on June 10, 1963, focused on nuclear proliferation and test-ban treaties, and Clarke commented that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev “could have plagiarized Kennedy, and he believed that agreements like test ban treaties might reduce Cold War tensions.” Clark added that they both became united toward that goal.

In JFK’s Last Hundred Days are suggestions of a military coup in November 1963. The records of Kennedy’s assassination will be released in 2017.

When Lyndon Johnson became president, he was advised to send more troops to Vietnam, thus destroying his own legacy.

Joaquin Godoy

Aiken, S.C.

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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/23/13 - 04:58 am
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Good letter and true!!!

Gen Curtis LeMay would have destroyed the world had Kennedy not kept a level head and seen him for what he was. An egomaniac who wanted to bomb,bomb,bomb.!

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Riverman1 11/23/13 - 05:41 am
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Hope That Book Is Classified Fiction

Oh, yeah, Gen. Lemay and the generals had Kennedy killed and had LBJ installed as President because they were angry over the Cuban Missile Crisis deal. Of course there’s not a shred of evidence such pablum actually is true.

It’s about time Kennedy and his dangerous and ineffective presidency are examined for what they were without the excuses he saved the country from a military dictatorship. That concept is presented by Kennedy apologists as a way to justify his questionable actions during The Bay of Pigs and the missile crisis.

Concerning the Cuban Missile Crisis, it wasn’t only Gen. Curtis Lemay who was opposed to Kennedy’s actions. “We missed the big boat,” said Gen. Maxwell Taylor, Kennedy’s military head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after learning the details of the deal with Khrushchev.

Navy Chief Admiral George Anderson, the man in charge of the very blockade against Cuba, said, “We’ve been had.”

The idea that Khrushchev blinked is another liberal fable to enhance the Camelot image. It’s a falsehood trying to get a feeling of victory from the capitulation. The leadership of Kennedy was absent.

Democrat Dean Acheson, whom Kennedy consulted during the missile crisis, said. “The meetings were repetitive and without direction. Most members of Kennedy’s team had no military or diplomatic experience whatsoever. The sessions were a waste of time.”

Barry Goldwater said, “We locked Castro’s communism into Latin America and threw away the key to its removal.”

William Buckley’s National Review denounced Kennedy’s appeasement. The magazine’s called it “America’s defeat.”

Most telling of all were the remarks by Nikita Khrushchev in his diaries,“We ended up getting exactly what we’d wanted all along.”

Understand what happened besides the Soviet missiles being removed from Cuba. Ours were also removed from Turkey. In addition, Castro’s regime’s was assured America would leave it alone and it’s existed for over 50 years exporting communism throughout the Americas.

The same Cuban freedom-fighters in Florida were jailed for “violating U.S. neutrality laws.” History has given us a verdict of Kennedy’s lack of leadership.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/23/13 - 08:32 am
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Riverman, read the book "The

Riverman, read the book "The Dark Side of Camelot". I really don't think it was a military coup. I think Kennedy's assignation was orchestrated by Castro and the Mafia. The Mafia was double cross by Kennedy. The Mafia put up money to get him elected. That was coordinated with and by Joe Kennedy. Joe Kennedy had ties to the Mafia from his booze smuggling days. When Bobby started going after the Mafia they felt they had been double crossed. Castro knew Kennedy was trying to kill him and wanted revenge. John Kennedy had an affair with a gal named Judith Exner who was also the girl friend of Mafia boss Sam Giancana out of Chicago. Castro offered the Mafia a safe haven for running drugs and some of the loot lost by the Mafia in Cuba to help carry it out. Oswald was a patsy. The CIA covered it up to avoid war with Russia. I think that makes more sense than LeMay organizing a coup! Jack Ruby had Mafia ties and was sent to silence Oswald.

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seenitB4 11/23/13 - 08:39 am
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Why is it

Why is it ok for Israel to strike targets of danger near them & not the USA? Kennedy dropped the ball & paid with his life....Oswald pulled the trigger but he was a patsy just like he said.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/23/13 - 08:52 am
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Clue...less

I suggest it was Professor Plum, in the Billiard Room, with the knife.

gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 11/23/13 - 09:29 am
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Kennedy did well and got lucky

getting us out of the Cuban Missile crisis. It must also be noted that Kennedy's weakness in foreign policies (much as we have today) got us into that crisis to begin with.

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crkgrdn 11/23/13 - 09:36 am
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A few inconvenient events

Kennedy broke his commitment to the Cuban force....as it landed on the beach of the Bay of Pigs. As his plane landed in Paris later that Spring of 1961, the president learned that his ordered assassination of General Trujillo, president of the Dominican Republic, was successful. Still later that Spring, Kennedy met Khruschev in Vienna where the Soviet leader told him that the Soviets would run the U.S. out of Berlin and the Berlin Wall went up that Summer. And by October the Soviets had intermediate range nuclear forces on Cuba, the on scene Soviet commander had instructions to use them if the need arose. And, shortly before his assassination in Dallas, Vietnam's president was assassinated on Kennedy's orders.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 11/23/13 - 09:41 am
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whoa... never heard this before

did Vince Foster have anything to do with it?
maybe someone should write a book on Vince Foster
before the next election
maybe Vince Foster killed Marilyn Monroe?
anyway, congratulations on reading a book

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/23/13 - 10:05 am
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As far as the actual Cuban

As far as the actual Cuban Missile Crisis, Nikita Khrushchev did get exactly what he wanted. He got our missiles out of Turkey and the U.S. to stay out of Cuba. He orchestrated the whole matter by sending the missiles to Cuba.

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deestafford 11/23/13 - 10:05 am
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There is more truth in the comments to this LTE than in all

books and articles written by all Kennedy worshipers combined.

Many want to say Kennedy would have never got us into Viet Nam which is highly debatable. Well, I firmly believe we should have been there. The reason it turned bad was because of the inept, micromangement of LBJ by personally picking bomber targets and very restrictive rules of engagement. Typical, total Democratic incompetence in carrying our warfare. They are spineless and have no concept of how to win.

There is a threat among Democratic presidents that they all think they are the smartest in the room and take no advice that would contradict their delusion.

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Bodhisattva 11/23/13 - 10:13 am
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I haven't read the book, but
Unpublished

I haven't read the book, but is the author lumping the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis into the same event? That's what it sounds like in the description above. Goldwater and Buckley were fools who would have happily have started WW lll. Missiles were kept out of Cuba, avoiding a rapid nuclear strike capability. We removed missiles from Turkey that we didn't really want anyway. We had Jupiter's in Italy, IRBM's in the UK, and several hundred SLBM's, not to mention a massive advantage in warheads and delivery vehicles. What the right winger like Goldwater and Buckley didn't realize (What do you expect when some like Buckley opposed democratically elected leaders and supported dictators instead? Communist-freely elected, helps people, bad. Bloodthirsty dictator-rules by force, murders population, on "our side", good. That's how we spread "freedom"?) is that it's hard to pick a winner after a nuclear war. We hit them with 500. They only hit us with 100. Yay! We win?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/23/13 - 10:14 am
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There is no doubt Kennedy had

There is no doubt Kennedy had mob connections that fixed elections for him including the WV primary. But there is absolutely no evidence that the Mob or Castro killed Kennedy. There is also no evidence the American generals considered a coup because of Kennedy's poor performance during the missile crisis.

Bod, you miss the point that it was Kennedy who brought the world close to destruction when he should have been in negotiations before it came this close. The missiles could have been negotiated out of Cuba and Turkey and we could have kept our pressure on Castro. Kennedy assured that Castro would be there for....well over 50 years.

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Bodhisattva 11/23/13 - 10:24 am
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Typical, total Democratic incompetence in carrying our warfare?
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We should have been full up on flowers and candy and cheap oil by 2008 shouldn't we? The Chinese started getting the oil in 2008, who got the candy and flowers?

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soapy_725 11/23/13 - 10:25 am
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Martin-Marietta & Bell Helicopter controlled the Vietnam War. $$
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Martin-Marietta & Bell Helicopter controlled the Vietnam War. $$ Follow the money. The war brought each out of bankruptcy.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/23/13 - 10:26 am
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Just as the Middle East is now controlled by government cont
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ractors making billions from WAR.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/23/13 - 10:27 am
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WAR = money, power, global financial stabilization.
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WAR = money, power, global financial stabilization.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/23/13 - 10:28 am
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Kennedy died that Obama might one day reign over America.
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Kennedy died that Obama might one day reign over America.

teaparty
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teaparty 11/23/13 - 11:11 am
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"Jack Ruby had Mafia ties and
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"Jack Ruby had Mafia ties and was sent to silence Oswald."
Very few people talk about Rudy and why he shot Oswald.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 11/23/13 - 11:19 am
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The people assured that
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The people assured that Castro would be there. The ultra wealthy and gang related were supporters of Batista. You had a bloodthirsty dictator, the Mob, and big agricultural companies running roughshod over the people. So it's crooked, tortures people, and Batista's making money from it all and kills you if you speak against him, or the Mafia, or Chiquita, or railways, or sugar plantations. Why would the people want to get rid of that?

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 11/23/13 - 11:23 am
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I think Ruby was trying to
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I think Ruby was trying to impress someone, or "earn his chops". If it was anything big, I think he would have run his mouth before he died.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/23/13 - 11:30 am
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Bod, Castro is much better?

Bod, Castro is much better? LOL

carcraft
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carcraft 11/23/13 - 11:41 am
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I think there is more

I think there is more evidence for the Mafia than their is for a US military coup! Jack Ruby, double crossed Mafia.

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jimmymac 11/23/13 - 12:24 pm
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CAMELOT
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There has been a concerted effort by the left to gloss over the actions of Kennedy while he was president. He made Clinton look like a model husband with the immoral liaison's Kennedy had in the WH. The newspapers all turned a blind eye to it and refused to expose him for his actions. Historians have made it look as though he was such a great leader. He, just like Obama are great orators but lousy leaders. All the Kennedy's had sordid personal lives and none should be put on pedestals. JFK and Bobbie both shared women outside their marriages and Ted was possibly a murderer. So they are hardly people to be immortalized.

teaparty
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teaparty 11/23/13 - 03:14 pm
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Bob, Castro, Chi and the
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Bob, Castro, Chi and the communist murdered and imprisoned many more people than Batista.

teaparty
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teaparty 11/23/13 - 03:15 pm
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'Jack Ruby, double crossed
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'Jack Ruby, double crossed Mafia.'
How so?

carcraft
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carcraft 11/23/13 - 05:19 pm
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I was saying that Jack Ruby

I was saying that Jack Ruby worked for the mob. He probable had as much interest in Kennedy as the dogs next door have in the affordable care act. The Kennedys crossed the Mafia and they had a major motive to take Kennedy our.

teaparty
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teaparty 11/23/13 - 05:28 pm
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I believe Ruby knew he had
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I believe Ruby knew he had cancer & was dying and the mob gave money to his family. He killed Oswald to keep him from talking.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/24/13 - 03:19 pm
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Nobody has ever explained to

Nobody has ever explained to me why Oswald took the shot with the limo going away when Oswald had a full torso shot as the limo approached.

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