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Who benefitted most from the assassination of President Kennedy?
LBJ and Fidel Castro.
Was LBJ intimidated by Cuba and Castro?
Don't forget the wealthy war profiteers. JFK was going to wind down
the Vietnam action.
Yes, but JFK wanted to build up the US Military because of Communist
aggression in the Western Hemisphere and around the world, for that reason
the Military-Industrial Complex liked JFK. Vietnam was only a sideshow to
them, not the main event.
Every war has great potential to make fortunes for war profiteers,
like Halliburton and their sub Kellogg-Brown-Root (KBR)who made out
mightily when Bush forced them to win all bids. They could change as high
as they wanted because no one else was allowed to bid against them.
What Liberals can't deal with is President Kennedy was obviously a Hawk.
He won a national election by convincing the voting public he was much
stronger on National Defense than President Eisenhower and VP Nixon.
Foreign Policy got JFK elected President.
JFK coined the term "missile gap" during the 1960 campaign much to the
irritation of Ike who knew it wasn't true.
And do you know why? Read some articles about it.
It's an old campaign strategy to usre your opponents claims against him.
A New York Times Blog
Missile Gaps and Other Broken Promises
By Richard Reeves February 10, 2009 3:08 pm February 10, 2009 3:08 pm
On the morning of his 17th day as President, John F. Kennedy was still
in bed at 8 a.m. and, as was his habit, reading The New York Times. One
glance at the front page and he exploded, calling his Secretary of
Defense, Robert McNamara and saying: ???What the hell is this ???.???
???This??? was a headline: ???Kennedy Defense Study Finds No Evidence of a
???Missile Gap.??? ???
Not good. Kennedy???s most powerful campaign line had been: ???We are facing
a gap on which we are gambling with our survival ??????
McNamara, a Republican who had been the president of Ford Motors, was
considered the best of the new president???s Cabinet choices. He may have
been the best and the brightest, but he was a political amateur. The
evening before, McNamara had invited reporters covering the Defense
Department into his office for drinks and a get-acquainted session.
Unfortunately, the new guy did not know the rules of the game.
Was J.F.K. right that presidents could always ???explain away???
campaign rhetoric that wasn???t exactly true?
The session was ???N.F.A.??? ??? not for attribution ??? which McNamara
thought was the same as ???off the record.??? In fact, the phrase meant
reporters could use anything the secretary said as long as they did not
identify him as the source.
McNamara rather casually smiled when reporters asked about the missile
gap. He said there was no such thing, and if there was any gap it was
heavily in favor of the United States. When the president called, McNamara
stammered that he was sorry, but that, in fact, the United States could
absorb a full-scale Soviet missile attack and still have more than enough
nuclear missiles to destroy 100 Soviet cities, kill 100 million Soviet
citizens and destroy 80 percent of that country???s industrial capacity in
a few hours.
A presidential news conference had already been scheduled for Feb. 8
and, predictably, White House correspondents asked Kennedy about the
disappearing gap: ???It would be premature to reach a judgment as to
whether there is a gap or was no gap,??? he replied.
He was lying. He knew there was no gap. He had been told so by Central
Intelligence Agency briefers during the campaign. On the day before he
became president, Kennedy was told by his predecessor, Dwight
Eisenhower, that there was no missile gap. The United States had a huge
advantage, said Eisenhower, ???and one invulnerable weapon, Polaris.???
These were the nuclear missiles aboard United States Navy submarines in
the oceans off the coasts of the Soviet Union.
(Later CIA reports indicated that during the 1960 campaign, the Soviets
probably had only three intercontinental ballistic missiles. At the
time, though, the C.I.A. estimated, incorrectly, there were about 90
Soviet ICBMs and 200 bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons,
although none of those bombers had the range to reach the United States.
At the same time, the United States had 108 missiles that could reach
Soviet targets and were in the process of deploying 30 more in Turkey.
In addition, the United States Air Force had 600 nuclear-ready bombers
capable of reaching Soviet targets.)
The McNamara blunder into truth-telling was not only problem Kennedy had
with talented amateurs. Walter Heller, who went from the campus of the
University of Minnesota to become chairman of the president???s Council of
Economic Advisers, had briefed reporters on the administration???s plans
to deal with an ongoing recession, and gave them actual numeric goals
that began appearing in newspapers around the country. ???Never do that
again,??? Kennedy told Heller in an angry telephone call. ???Forget those
numbers. Numbers can come back to haunt you. Words can always be
Kennedy had learned quickly, as Barack Obama is now, the gap between
campaigning and governing. Events are in the saddle for a president,
whether the 35th or 44th. Obama planned to be a president getting us out
of Iraq. Now he is trying to get us out of debt.
As for the missile gap, and the White House???s inability to explain away
McNamara???s numbers, Kennedy decided he had to get some real numbers out
there. He was afraid that the Soviet Union and other countries that
might believe that the United States was as weak as he had said it was
in his campaign rhetoric. He dispatched the deputy secretary of Defense,
Roswell Gilpatric, to give a speech ??? which Kennedy himself edited line
by line and number by number ??? which could be called saber-rattling but
was actually saber-describing.
Speaking to the National Business Council at Hot Springs, Va., Gilpatric
laid it out: ???This nation has nuclear retaliatory force of such lethal
power that an enemy which brought it into play would be an act of
self-destruction on his part ??? The total number of our nuclear delivery
vehicles, tactical as well as strategic, is in the tens of thousands;
and of course, we have more than one warhead for each vehicle.???
The businessmen in Virginia might have wondered why he was telling them
this. But they were not the real audience. The audience was Soviet
Premier Nikita Khrushchev and other world leaders. After the speech,
Kennedy reinforced the message by saying he was ready to do whatever it
took ???to protect our lead.???
As Eisenhower neared the end of his second term, Democrats portrayed him
as an old man asleep at the wheel. This narrative was given added force
by the sudden appearance of a heretofore unheralded ???missile gap??????the
mistaken belief that the Soviets were out-running and out-gunning us
with their ability to strike the United States with intercontinental
This storyline was advanced by two signal events: the 1957 launching of
Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to go into orbit around the
earth, and the equally successful testing of a Soviet ICBM earlier that
summer. That November, a secret report commissioned by Eisenhower warned
that the Soviets were ahead of us in the nuclear-weapons field. The
report was leaked, and the media went into a frenzy, with the Washington
Post averring the U.S. was in dire danger of becoming ???a second class
power.??? America, the Post declared, stood ???exposed to an almost
immediate threat from the missile-bristling Soviets.??? The nation faced
???cataclysmic peril in the face of rocketing Soviet military might.???
The ???Gaither Report??? speculated that there could be ???hundreds??? of hidden
Soviet ICBMs ready to launch a nuclear first strike on the United
States. As we now know, these ???hidden??? missiles were nonexistent???the
Soviets had far fewer than the U.S. at the time. But the Cold War hype
was coming fast and thick, and the Democrats pounced???none so hard as
Kennedy, who was by then actively campaigning for president. ???For the
first time since the War of 1812,??? he pontificated on the floor of the
Senate, ???foreign enemy forces potentially had become a direct and
unmistakable threat to the continental United States, to our homes and
to our people.???
To arms! The Commies are coming!
It was all balderdash. Barely a month after Kennedy was sworn in, this
was acknowledged by Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara: there were ???no
signs of a Soviet crash effort to build ICBMs??? he told reporters, and
???there is no missile gap today.??? Kennedy???s apologists have tried to spin
this episode to show that Kennedy was misled. Yet Kennedy was briefed by
the CIA in the midst of the 1960 presidential campaign, by which time
the CIA???s projection of Soviet ICBMs had fallen from 500 to a mere 36.
Kennedy chose to believe much higher Air Force estimates simply because
they fit his preconceptions???and were politically useful.
When Eisenhower came into office, he swiftly concluded the Korean War and
instituted his ???New Look??? defense policy, which cut the military
budget by one third. He repudiated the Truman-era national-security
doctrine embodied in ???NSC-68,??? a document prepared by Truman???s
advisors that said the U.S. must be ready to fight two major land
wars???and several ???limited wars??????simultaneously. The U.S. was
instead to rely on the threat of massive nuclear retaliation, a defensive
posture derided at the time by Kennedy and his coterie as
As president, Kennedy swiftly reversed Eisenhower???s course.