Comments on: Kennedy’s first mistake http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/2011/05/12/kennedys-first-mistake/ Kennedy, Khrushchev and the most dangerous place on Earth Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:23:24 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: GSH10 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/2011/05/12/kennedys-first-mistake/#comment-31 Mon, 16 May 2011 02:20:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/?p=75#comment-31 @advocatusdiabol The USSR invaded to conquer. We went into Afghanistan with their permission to wipe out the Taliban, not to conquer the country. According to your reasoning, it would be acceptable for the US to invade and conquer Canada and Mexico.

Both Iraq and Afghanistan were/are mistakes. But this article and my comment are about Kennedy’s statement about Khrushchev being a mistake. Let’s stick to the point.

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By: cummings01 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/2011/05/12/kennedys-first-mistake/#comment-30 Sun, 15 May 2011 23:35:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/?p=75#comment-30 Kennedy and Khrushchev did eventually come to an understanding to end the Cold War as Kennedy’s little reported speech at American University made clear. They both faced serious internal opposition. Kennedy was assassinated and Khrushchev was deposed. It was Eisenhower who blew it when he approved that last U-2 flight that CIA Director Allen Dulles insisted he approve. The Soviets shut it down and captured Powers. Khrushchev concluded that he could not trust the Americans, so he came out shooting after Kennedy’s election to silence criticism from the Soviet hawks who wanted a hard line against America. It was all terrible tragic. The Kennedy-Khrushchev correspondence has been released for anyone who wishes to delve into this further.

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By: mungous http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/2011/05/12/kennedys-first-mistake/#comment-28 Sun, 15 May 2011 23:25:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/?p=75#comment-28 Nice that you caught that “mistake”. Too bad you are only 50 years late. What’s next, calling out Hitler & Napolean for attacking Russia in the winter?

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By: GSH10 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/2011/05/12/kennedys-first-mistake/#comment-27 Sun, 15 May 2011 19:15:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/?p=75#comment-27 @BowMtnSpirit The current so-called imperialistic tendencies of the US is irrelevant to the commentary in the article. The author states that Kennedy jumped the gun and misread Khrushchev, causing the proliferation of the cold war, suggesting Kennedy as the cause of the Cuban missile crisis.

Do you believe that the USSR would not have attempted to plant nuclear missiles off our shores had Kennedy ignored Khrushchev’s 1960 remarks?

Should the US have laid down a red carpet for the USSR to do so?

Additionally, I never stated my position on Afghanistan, Central America, or any of the other endeavors of the US as that is tangential to this article about Kennedy’s impact on the US/Russian relationship at that specific time.

Kennedy was not perfect, but he was a good president. His strong stance aided in the removal of the Berlin wall. There is more freedom in the world today than at any other time in recorded history and I am happy for that.

Has the US made foreign relation mistakes? Absolutely.

Is the US or any other nation perfect? No.

Has the US gone off course. You betcha, and I speak out against our faulty domestic and foreign policies. You know why? Because we are free to do so with our freedom of speech, the ability to fire and hire our leaders with the right to vote that gives the people the power to change things without civil war.

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By: advocatusdiabol http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/2011/05/12/kennedys-first-mistake/#comment-26 Sun, 15 May 2011 17:30:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/?p=75#comment-26 Regarding the poster mentioning Russian invasions: Russia successfully invaded only countries on or very near it’s own borders. There is no evidence they even considered an invasion in Western Europe let alone the Americas which surely would have been a massive and embarrassing failure. Even today, they are having great difficulty keeping their former states from rebelling. The domino plan and effect has long ago been discredited as viable. China’s establishment and support of North Korea is an entirely different matter.

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By: crlsgrc http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/2011/05/12/kennedys-first-mistake/#comment-25 Sun, 15 May 2011 17:19:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/?p=75#comment-25 And saying that the USSR was trying to destroy democracy may be right but please do not imply that the US was trying to create democracy, the dictators that were supported by the US were just as autocratic and cruel as those imposed by the USSR. Remember Pinochet in Chile, and Noriega in Panama and so may others

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By: BowMtnSpirit http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/2011/05/12/kennedys-first-mistake/#comment-24 Sun, 15 May 2011 14:22:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/?p=75#comment-24 Thank you GSH10 for your contribution … more typical American color-blindness. How many nations did WE invade and conquer? Or fail to conquer. Even the USSR gambits in Central America were largely reactive to the U.S.’s destabilization of democratically elected regimes, in Nicaragua and El Salvador, Chile, etc. That American interference continues today. Today, WE are in Afghanistan, and Iraq, Yemen, Georgia, Sudan, Libya.

Don’t be so naive.

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By: GSH10 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/2011/05/12/kennedys-first-mistake/#comment-23 Sun, 15 May 2011 12:23:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/?p=75#comment-23 There was a cold and Russia was intent on destroying democracy. How many nations did they invade and conquer? Russia continued to fulfill their word until they caved in financially.

JFK read the times and numerous newspapers daily. Do you really believe this was the first time he heard that language and that Kennedy was unaware this was an old statement.

The re-announcement of Russia’s position was directed specifically at the new administration. JFK pushed back to show US strength and conviction.

Was it an overreaction? What would have happened had we treated Russia benign? Would the Berlin wall be gone today? Would more nations like Afghanistan be part of the USSR?

Don’t be so naive.

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By: pams http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/2011/05/12/kennedys-first-mistake/#comment-22 Sat, 14 May 2011 14:45:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/?p=75#comment-22 Kennedy’s words are still relevant 50 years on

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By: ruko http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/2011/05/12/kennedys-first-mistake/#comment-21 Sat, 14 May 2011 13:21:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/berlin1961/?p=75#comment-21 Cold War: USA 1… USSR 0. We out spent them!

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