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Reply #392: Wow. You really view Kennedy with rose colored glasses don't you? [View All]

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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-24-08 10:52 PM
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392. Wow. You really view Kennedy with rose colored glasses don't you?
The differences between those two documents is minor and subtle. Kennedy's is pretty clear:

"1. It remains the central object of the United States in South Vietnam to assist the people and Government of that country to win their contest against the externally directed and supported Communist conspiracy. The test of all decisions and U.S. actions in this area should be the effectiveness of their contributions to this purpose."

That doesn't sound like he as planning to backtrack his support. 1,000 troops is nothing. Even the LBJ document has this line:

"2. The objectives of the United States with respect to the withdrawal of U.S. military personnel remain as stated in the White House statement of October 2, 1963."

Its the same in both documents. Kennedy's document shows him following the advice of the same people who pushed LBJ into Vietnam. Arguing that Kennedy would have acted very differently in Vietnam is purely speculative. You really don't know what he would have done but we do know that he escalated action in Vietnam beyond what Eisenhower was doing. Kennedy was hardly a threat to the status quo of US foreign policy dominated by corporate interests and opposition to Soviet communism.
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