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What Might Have Been In a Kennedy Second Term

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President John F. Kennedy-50 Years Later
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50 Years After The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

  • Nov 23, 2013
This year marks 50 years since the assassination of
President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. The time seems as though 
the event happened more recently. Many things happened that
year. Khruschev visited the Berlin Wall on 6-28-1963. Pope John XXIII
died on 6-3-1963 and Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have A Dream "  
speech on 8-28-1963.

At the time, President Kennedy could have won re-election easily.
Some argue that there was little reason to travel to Dallas that
fateful day on 11-22-1963. As things turned out, the Democrats
carried Texas in the General Elections of '60, '64 and '68.

More importantly,  some Americans wonder what could have been.
Many things could have been completed in a Kennedy second term.
Examples are the ending of the American involvement in Vietnam.
In addition, this country could have embraced the all-volunteer army.

President Harry Truman wrote an article critical of the CIA one month
after the assassination. Essentially, he explained that he envisioned the
CIA as an information gathering/consolidation entity rather than an
evolving operational one. President Kennedy might have reconstituted
the CIA back to the original charter as envisioned by President Truman.

Other potential accomplishments could have been an expanded Peace
Corps, as well as an examination of the feasibility of National Health Care.
The dismantling of the Berlin Wall was another burning issue to address
between President Kennedy and the Russian leader - Nikita Khrushchev.

All of these things were possible under a continued Kennedy Administration.
Many of them happened years later. In closing, the memory of President
John F. Kennedy was commemorated on this day some 50 years after the
assassination. Local newspapers reprinted the headlines and in some
cases re-issued the entire newspaper sold on that date.
50 Years After The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

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January 30
Nice write-up! I am not so sure that Kennedy would have ended Viet Nam as what a President personally wants (example: Obama wanting to close Guantanamo) is sometimes not easy with the inside intelligence and advisors that Presidents have. Also, it took many years of a bad economy in the Soviet Union for the wall to come down. I doubt Kennedy could have made that happen in the 60's. I wonder if NASA would have moved up the moon flight had he lived.
January 30
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