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Old 10-03-17, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Termite2 View Post
In the 1960 election, Kennedy was the Hawk, Nixon was a dove by comparison.
Interestingly, JFK was also the pollyanna when it came to our military involvement Vietnam, particularly when supporting the coup of President Diem. He was advised that doing so would almost assure Diem's death, and he refused to seriously consider that outcome. When it happened, he was quite shaken, both by the act, and by how much he had mis-read the situation. We'll never know for sure how much different the Vietnam War would have been, good or bad, had he been around for a second term.

I'll have to check out the Burns doc, sounds interesting. Richard Reeves' book "JFK: Profile In Power" also provides a detailed account of how our involvements ramped up during Kennedy's short tenure.
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