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Why Kennedy Had to Go

"On October 2, 1963, as we have previously seen, President Kennedy made clear his determination to implement those plansâ??to withdraw 1,000 troops by the end of 1963, and to get almost all the rest out by the end of 1965. There followed, on October 4, a memorandum titled â??South Vietnam Actionsâ?? from General Maxwell Taylor to his fellow Joint Chiefs of Staff, Generals May, Wheeler, Shoup, and Admiral McDonald, that reads:

b. The program currently in progress to train Vietnamese forces will be reviewed and accelerated as necessary to insure that all essential functions visualized to be required for the projected operational environment, to include those now performed by U.S. military units and personnel, can be assumed properly by the Vietnamese by the end of calendar year 1965. All planning will be directed towards preparing RVN forces for the withdrawal of all U.S. special assistance units and personnel by the end of calendar year 1965."

http://www.bostonreview.net/BR28.5/galbraith.html
We have to give a reason for the military to exist so we need wars. Its a choice between small wars and big ones. Kennedy didn’t understand that wars on the periphery are preferable to world wars.

So, he had to go. Peace would have meant the end of the military.

[quote]Headhunter wrote:
"On October 2, 1963, as we have previously seen, President Kennedy made clear his determination to implement those plansâ??to withdraw 1,000 troops by the end of 1963, and to get almost all the rest out by the end of 1965. There followed, on October 4, a memorandum titled â??South Vietnam Actionsâ?? from General Maxwell Taylor to his fellow Joint Chiefs of Staff, Generals May, Wheeler, Shoup, and Admiral McDonald, that reads:

b. The program currently in progress to train Vietnamese forces will be reviewed and accelerated as necessary to insure that all essential functions visualized to be required for the projected operational environment, to include those now performed by U.S. military units and personnel, can be assumed properly by the Vietnamese by the end of calendar year 1965. All planning will be directed towards preparing RVN forces for the withdrawal of all U.S. special assistance units and personnel by the end of calendar year 1965."

http://www.bostonreview.net/BR28.5/galbraith.html
We have to give a reason for the military to exist so we need wars. Its a choice between small wars and big ones. Kennedy didn’t understand that wars on the periphery are preferable to world wars.

So, he had to go. Peace would have meant the end of the military.[/quote]

Do you honestly believe that the withdrawal of American military forces from Indo-China would have constituted a legitimate reason to “end the military,” and that a state of constant conflict is necessary to justify the existence of maintaining the capability to project power outside of our own borders?

[quote]Legionary wrote:

[quote]Headhunter wrote:
"On October 2, 1963, as we have previously seen, President Kennedy made clear his determination to implement those plans�¢??to withdraw 1,000 troops by the end of 1963, and to get almost all the rest out by the end of 1965. There followed, on October 4, a memorandum titled �¢??South Vietnam Actions�¢?? from General Maxwell Taylor to his fellow Joint Chiefs of Staff, Generals May, Wheeler, Shoup, and Admiral McDonald, that reads:

b. The program currently in progress to train Vietnamese forces will be reviewed and accelerated as necessary to insure that all essential functions visualized to be required for the projected operational environment, to include those now performed by U.S. military units and personnel, can be assumed properly by the Vietnamese by the end of calendar year 1965. All planning will be directed towards preparing RVN forces for the withdrawal of all U.S. special assistance units and personnel by the end of calendar year 1965."

http://www.bostonreview.net/BR28.5/galbraith.html
We have to give a reason for the military to exist so we need wars. Its a choice between small wars and big ones. Kennedy didn’t understand that wars on the periphery are preferable to world wars.

So, he had to go. Peace would have meant the end of the military.[/quote]

Do you honestly believe that the withdrawal of American military forces from Indo-China would have constituted a legitimate reason to “end the military,” and that a state of constant conflict is necessary to justify the existence of maintaining the capability to project power outside of our own borders? [/quote]

Yes. Americans are anti-war unless we are attacked first. Therefore a reason must be constantly present in order to justify the expenditure of lives and money.

Look at today – we only spend 3% of GDP on the defense budget. The first victim of Obama’s sequester is the military.

Kennedy hated war and hated the CIA, threatening to break it into ‘a thousand pieces’. Besides being incredibly dumb to say such a thing, Kennedy’s actions would have shrunk the very force policing the world. I’m surprized he lived as long as he did.

if you can believe his assassination was a conspiracy then it is a very plausible theory

[quote]pittbulll wrote:
if you can believe his assassination was a conspiracy then it is a very plausible theory [/quote]

People only become POTUS if they can be controlled. Kennedy was a little ‘iffy’ but he got put in. But, the thing is, he was very courageous…he wouldn’t bend over for anyone, especially after Cuba.

So he had to go.