John Fitzgerald Kennedy is seen by most liberals as a progressive voice who spoke out for peace and sanity at a very dangerous time in US history. After the Cuban missile crisis and the disastrous Bay of Pigs incidents, this cold warrior from a wealthy Massachusetts family started talking about peaceful coexistence.
“Mankind must put an end to war - or war will put an end to mankind.”
[Address before the United Nations, September 25 1961]
His revelatory experiences as Commander In Chief taught him some important lessons about the reality of 20th Century politics. He also gained a fresh new perspective regarding the delicate balance of power between the US and the USSR during the Cold War. JFK realized that we couldn't allow a fanatic anti-Communist crusade to bring the world to the brink of destruction. The presidential school of hard knocks changed this man into a visionary statesman who sought above all, to preserve life and freedom on this planet.
Kennedy’s amazing charisma and his great love affair with the US press helped to launch his legendary administration into a campaign of reforms including civil rights, a more peaceful foreign policy, and a more democratic and transparent structure of finance and government. Despite his personal indiscretions, folks who supported John Kennedy actually loved the man. It's rare to see such admiration and respect for political leaders. He still inspires people to engage in public service today...
OK, now that you have heard the positive and heart warming side of the Camelot story, we should acknowledge that was an element to John Kennedy’s historic administration that few authors or journalists care to explore. In truth, both John and Robert Kennedy were very unpopular among some very diverse and powerful conservative groups.
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and Vice President Lyndon Johnson also shared a mutual dislike of the Kennedy clan. After many years of denying the existence of organized crime in this country, Hoover was shocked to see the Kennedy's courageously confronting major mob leaders during Congressional hearings. Lyndon Johnson saw them both as political adversaries standing between himself and the White House.
JFK was not well liked by some members of the intelligence community or the military industrial complex. His mistrust of the CIA and his plans to withdraw US troops from Vietnam angered many in the establishment who saw anti-Communist military campaigns, war profits and covert operations as their daily bread and butter.
The assassination plots against Fidel Castro using mafia hit men created the "Murder Incorporated" Lyndon Johnson referred to when he was speaking to former speech writer and journalist Leo Janos from The Atlantic.
JFK assassination researcher Lamar Waldron believes that this unholy alliance was at least partially responsible for the murder of the president (“The Hidden History of The JFK Assassination”). It would also explain why mob operatives John Roselli and Sam Giancana were both executed gangland style just before they were scheduled to testify before official government investigations into the assassination.
Right-wingers accused John Kennedy of being soft on Communism. John Birch Society members and other extremists believed that he had "sold out" the nation by negotiating with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. The Ku Klux Klan hated him for his use of federal troops to enforce desegregation in the Southern states.
The fact is, there were many conspiracies and plots against the President of the United States in 1963. American historians tend to place the Kennedy’s on a very high pedestal, but that does not reflect the entire mood of the country during his term of office. When JFK arrived in Dallas, Texas he entered into the belly of the beast that had aligned against him. Oil barons like H. L. Hunt made no secret about their hatred towards the President. Kennedy’s plans to eliminate the lucrative oil depletion tax would have cost the oil tycoons millions of dollars in profit. Hence the handbills and posters distributed in Dallas on November 20, 2016:
Residents of the US are fond of repeating this inaccurate phrase:
"We'll never know who really killed JFK."
Anti-conspiracy pundits claim,
"Someone would have talked by now."
Well, I maintain that there's been plenty of good information uncovered by JFK assassination investigators and authors, including official documents retrieved via the Freedom Of Information Act. Each individual researcher has revealed a part of the whole story which involves all of the players I mentioned above. Participants have been named and evidence has been presented to support these claims.
I understand that the average JFK buff probably doesn't have the time nor the inclination to spend years seeking and digesting all of this information from so many diverse and often contradictory sources. And, of course, it's vitally important to know where to look, but there have been several major investigations conducted by the US Congress House Assassinations Review Board, Select Committee Into Intelligence Agencies, etc.
After several years of careful consideration, and once you've seen at least a major portion of the evidence, the story does start to become more clear.
"The truth is out there..."
And for those who say that someone would have talked?
Well, they have! Even Oswald’s assassin Jack Ruby spilled some of the beans during his incarceration. He pointed to the highest office in the land... www.youtube.com/…
In addition, I think there's a good chance that when Oswald described himself as a "patsy", he was actually telling the truth. Assigning a patsy to take the blame for a hit operation is a common procedure in covert and organized crime circles. www.youtube.com/…
In 2007 Rolling Stone published former CIA operative E. Howard Hunt’s confession of his involvement in the JFK assassination plot. www.rollingstone.com/...
At the very least, the idea that Oswald was some kind of lone nut with no ties to the underworld or to the intelligence community is pure bunk! It has been confirmed that the accused assassin of John F. Kennedy worked as a radar operator at the US Air Force base in Atsugi Japan where the top secret U2 spy plane was launched!
The question of whether Lee Harvey Oswald was a US or Soviet spy (or an informant for the FBI) may lead to many clues about his aliases and even to his possible involvement in counter intelligence programs. It's also possible that he was playing all sides against each other in an effort to seek personal power or notoriety. The underlying story of his web of mysterious connections even to the mob may be frustratingly complex, but I do not believe it is beyond all logic or reason. www.businessinsider.com/...
Many other witnesses and informers have spoken out about their knowledge of the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. You can hear their testimony on Youtube and in countless documentaries, beginning with Mark Lane's first ground breaking book and film:
"Rush To Judgement".
There have been dozens of good books and documentaries produced over the last 50 years which present important information about what happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
Believe it or not, there’s actually some very revealing information contained in the Warren Commission Report! Unfortunately, the carefully selected high profile members of that commission debunked all of the conspiratorial material in their own report...
The key here is to fit all of these individual pieces of the puzzle together into a somewhat coherent picture of these historic events. Honestly, it does take some time and effort, but even as a hobby it might be well worth your occasional perusal of the currently available sources. After a while, a picture starts to emerge of the convergence of many disparate forces which came together to murder a good man, an act which has traumatized our nation for half a century. This Daily Kos article contains multiple links that one can follow up on, providing the reader with an easy way to examine some of the facts surrounding perhaps the greatest murder mystery in US history!
There is no doubt in my mind that John F. Kennedy was taking the US in a new and beneficial direction and away from the control of the military industrial complex — the undemocratic cabal which Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about so presciently during his farewell address to the nation in 1961.
If John Fitzgerald Kennedy had succeeded in ushering in his newly acquired enlightened views about domestic politics and foreign relations, I believe we would be living in a much safer and more cooperative world.