The best book I've read (so far) on President Kennedy's thoughts and actions regarding Vietnam is JFK AND VIETNAM by John M. Newman, published in 1992. After reading it I have no doubt that JFK would have never gone to war in Vietnam. He ordered that no American combat troops be sent over there and the non-combat troops already there -- so-called "advisors" -- were to be withdrawn. I think it's one of the main reasons they killed JFK.
If JFK had lived so too would the 58,000 American boys who subsequently died in Vietnam and so too would his brother, Robert who would have stopped the Vietnam War if he'd been elected president in November 1968 (which is why they killed him too). ~ Jackie Jura
from the back cover of JFK AND VIETNAM:
"This is a shocking book...Newman proves once and for all that President Kennedy was unalterably opposed to sending U.S. combat troops to Vietnam. What emerges from Newman's book is both sad and profound: the only important anti-war force in the Kennedy Administration was John F. Kennedy himself."
from the inside flap:
...It documents the persistence with which the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior civilian officials advocated that the president send American combat troops into Vietnam in the wake of the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the collapse of his policy in Laos. It unravels the intriques and webs of deception that followed Kennedy's refusal to order toops to the region and his decision to ship advisors instead.... It reveals an isolated president locked in a struggle with the advisors he appointed and the bureaucracy he had fashioned. And it brings to light the tragic climax to this struggle: while his advisors were planning to escalate, Kennedy was planning to withdraw when the shots rang out in Dallas...
and here's another review:
"Drawing on his laboriously-assembled 15,000-page archive of official documents, historian John M. Newman builds his case that President Kennedy planned to win re-election in 1964 -- and then get out of Vietnam. Newman's Kennedy is an intelligent Tory realist, determined not to be suckered into an Asian Bay-of-Pigs-on-the-installment-plan. Kennedy stonewalled repeated requests from his inner circle to commit U.S. combat troops to Laos in 1961, and to Vietnam thereafter. As a result, Newman thinks, key insiders came to doubt Kennedy's nerve. Newman documents a high-level conspiracy that doctored the military's intelligence reports on Vietnam that Kennedy received during much of 1962-63. But grimmer assessments reached Kennedy via the CIA and the State Department, and Newman thinks Kennedy's real intentions in Vietnam are signaled by an October 1963 document ordering a secret 1,000-man initial withdrawal of U.S. advisors. (A few months later, President Johnson ordered the U.S. naval raids that led to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and so to the war.) Whatever the final truth may be on the difficult questions Newman considers, his serious book deserves to be considered on the merits of its arguments."
watch Senator John F Kennedy speaking against American involvement in Indochina, 1954, YouTube
JFK's grandson defends JFK's legacy
(my grandfather would have never invaded Vietnam)
watch JFK STRATEGY OF PEACE SPEECH JUNE 1963
(not peace of the grave or security of the slave)
JFK'S PEACE FOR ALL TIME
(pulling out of Vietnam; won't trade with Red China)
watch JFK'S LAST PRESS CONFERENCE NOV 14/63
NYT/YouTube, Dec 2, 2011
listen JACKIE JURA INTERVIEW MURDER OF JFK
(meticulously choreographed act of evil)
Patrick Timpone, OneRadioNetwork, Nov 22, 2011
JFK ASSASSINATION PUZZLE PIECES
& 4.Old World Destruction
JFK, JACKIE & DEGAULLE
MACARTHUR, KOREA, JFK & VIETNAM
Major Vietnam airport at ex-US base (USA built it for Russia & China). Reuters, Dec 22, 2003
BAY OF TONKIN LIE and KOREAN, VIETNAM, GULF WARS
USA warship flies Vietnamese flag (in Ho Chi Minh's Vietnam where 58,000 American soldiers died & thousands still missing). Telegraph, Nov 20, 2003
Nearly 30 years after the United States fled its Saigon embassy in panic, an American warship flying the Vietnamese flag alongside the Stars and Stripes arrived yesterday in what is now Ho Chi Minh City. The Vandegrift, a guided missile frigate with a crew of more than 200, was escorted up the Saigon River by a Vietnamese patrol boat for the first such visit since the end of the war. As the star-spangled banner fluttered next to Vietnam's flag, a yellow star on a red background, most of the ship's white-uniformed sailors stood along the railings, some holding video cameras or binoculars. The American ambassador, Raymond Burghardt, said: "Both sides are fully aware of the past but we are focused on the present and the future. We are showing the world that former foes can be friends." The Vandegrift's captain, Cdr Richard Rogers, later attended a wreath-laying ceremony at a statue of North Vietnam's founding father, Ho Chi Minh.
Many of his crew were not born in 1975, when a war that killed 58,000 Americans and three million Vietnamese ended in humiliation for Washington as the communist North overran the South. United States forces had pulled out in 1973. At the height of the war, American soldiers were a constant sight on the streets of Saigon. Their presence accelerated the port's descent into a den of prostitution, drugs and smuggling. Its seedy aspect is now less pronounced and more discreetly camouflaged but is unlikely to prove beyond the navigational skills of the dollar-rich American sailors during their four-day visit. The Vandegrift's seamen were granted permission to go ashore until midnight, after which they were required either to return to the ship or stay at hotels in town. "I think they will behave themselves," said John Smallman, special agent for the US naval criminal investigative service. But he added: "We don't want them to be so careful that nobody has any fun." As the new arrivals began trickling ashore in the late afternoon, they seemed bent on tamer pursuits. Three went into a shop selling sunglasses. "How does this look?" asked one, trying on a pair of fake Calvin Kleins. A burly black American sailor standing outside the shop was attracting curious glances. Asked about his first impressions of Saigon, he said: "The people are so friendly."
Hanoi, though, is still sensitive about the conflict it calls the "American Resistance War" and the communist leadership remains in firm control of the country. It opened up the economy only in the early 1990s, but increased engagement with America has become an important part of its outlook as it struggles to escape poverty. Diplomatic relations were formalised in 1995 and five years later the two countries signed a trade pact. Three years ago, Bill Clinton became the first American president to visit. Southern Vietnamese, who have little sympathy for northerners or communism, had mixed feelings about the port call. "Since Vietnam is now at peace, it's normal," said Dang Van Hai, 49, a former South Vietnamese soldier who now drives a motorcycle taxi. "I've seen many American veterans who came back. Most of today's sailors were not involved in the war and they're visiting many countries so it's good for them to come here." Others were more ambivalent about closer ties. "Not only in Vietnam, but in many other countries, people dislike the American flag," said Tang Dinh Toan, another taxi driver.
VIETNAM BAY OF TONKIN LIE and KOREAN, VIETNAM, GULF WARS
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