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  •  No, I was referring to his rhetoric (1+ / 0-)
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    of saber-rattling from the Inaugural Address throughout his Presidency.  Although, I suppose I would also agree with you on the Khruschev point, in the sense that the Vienna conference was an embarrassment to Kennedy and his new Administration, one could view the Missile Crisis as Kennedy attempting to make up for his earlier performance.  

    In general, JFK seems to me to have had a powerful sense of himself and a strong desire for a role in history comparable to his heroes.  He was a political opportunist in the sense that he was fearless about identifying and grabbing on to any opportunity that arose (that's not necessarily a good or bad thing in itself).  But given the risks involved and how close we came to actual nuclear war during autumn 1962, his behavior leaves him open to charges of recklessness.

    Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

    by Big River Bandido on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 04:25:31 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks. I was referring to the theory that (1+ / 0-)
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      when Kruschev and Kennedy met in Vienna, Kennedy came off as weak, so Kruschev thought he could put missles into Cuba and Kennedy would be too much a wimp to do anything about it.

      Speaking of meetings with Kruschev, I get a kick out of Nixon's meeting with him when he was Ike's VP.  Nixon went to Moscow and he and Kruschev appeared on stage on TV and were bantering back and forth about which country was more advanced.  Nixon saying, "OK, you're ahead of us in space exploration, but we're ahead of you in color television technology", and Kruschev responding, "No, we're great in color TV too!", and they (and the audience) were smiling and laughing (at least Nixon was; it's hard for me to tell what Kruschev's mood was).  That is one of the few scenes of Nixon where he looked likable.

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