How dare anyone mock him! Blasphemy!

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On the eve of the 50th anniversary of  President Kennedy’s ultimate betrayal of  Cuba:   An important story, very poorly told.

From Daily News and Analysis

Cuban Missile Crisis: JFK being mocked by top generals caught on tape

Former US President John F Kennedy’s top generals were actually bad-mouthing him behind his back, when the Cuban Missile Crisis has reached its peak in 1962, a new tape has revealed.

When the former US President left the room, Marine Corps Commandant General David Shoup said that ‘Kennedy was doing things ‘piecemeal’ and needed a talking to’.

From 1962 onwards, the year it took place, Kennedy had a high tech recording device put into the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room of the White House, in which he recorded a total of 248 hours of meetings and 17 hours of phone conversations, plus his own private reflections until he was shot dead in November 1963, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the paper, the recordings show Kennedy agonising over the situation he was in when Russia deployed nuclear missiles in Cuba.

“We do nothing, they have a missile base there with all the pressure that brings to bear on the United States and damage to our prestige. If we attack Cuban missiles or Cuba … we would be regarded as the trigger-happy Americans who lost Berlin. We would have no support among our allies,” Kennedy had said.

“Which leaves me only one alternative, which is to fire nuclear weapons – which is a hell of an alternative – and begin a nuclear exchange, with all this happening,” he had added.

Air Force chief of staff General Curtis LeMay then famously told him, “You’re in a pretty bad fix, Mr President.

But the tapes reveal that after Kennedy and defence secretary Robert McNamara went out the room, General Shoup launched into his own tirade, without realising the tape was still running.

“You pulled the rug right out from under him,” he then told LeMay.

“I agree with that answer, general, I just agree with you, I just agree with you a hundred percent. Somebody’s got to keep him from doing the goddamn thing piecemeal. That’s our problem. Go in there and frig around with the missiles. You’re screwed. You go in there and frig around with anything else, you’re screwed,” Shoup had added.

The Cuban missile crisis was a 13-day confrontation between the Soviet Union and Cuba on one side and the United States on the other, which occurred in October 1962, during the Cold War.

4 thoughts on “How dare anyone mock him! Blasphemy!”

  1. JFK caused the missile crisis by botching the Bay of Pigs invasion. The missile crisis resulted from his own incompetence and vacillation. He was a conceited and privileged pretty boy with a highly inflated view of himself and his abilities, and a major sense of entitlement to whatever he wanted or suited him. He was, practically speaking, an arrogant dilettante in a position and a time that called for someone far more substantial. He didn’t just screw over Cuba BIG time, he also left the US the highly toxic Vietnam mess. Oh, yeah, he was a great president alright.

  2. Bottom line:

    “it would have been ridiculous for us to go to war over Cuba — for a country 8,000 miles away. For us, war was unthinkable.” (Nikita Khruzchev in his Diaries)

    Ike and Nixon knew this in their bones….

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