Jews, Church, & Civilization VII

INTRODUCTION

committed…. With Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon B. Johnson would inherit the ambivalent and contorted politico–military–strategic imbroglio…

Johnson would subsequently run on his own for the presidency Nov 1964, and win, by early 1968 the number of American servicemen in Vietnam will have risen from 16,000 to 550,000. Johnson will be succeed by Richard M. Nixon, who will preside over the depressing “end game” by the disastrous war’s end in Apr 1975, the disastrous American casualty count will register as follows: 55,209 American boys dead; 305,000 wounded; 2,000 missing—a total and unmitigated disaster on every conceivable level…aside from the tragedy and hyper–trauma to the direct casualties, their families, close friends and offspring, American society as a whole was rent…by this quagmire of quagmires…the country took, perhaps 10–20 years to “recover”…the 10,000 draft evaders were later pardoned by Jimmy Carter Jan 21, 1977 on his first day of office, consummating a campaign promise….John F. Kennedy’s “best and the brightest” advisors—many of whom were maintained by Johnson,  proved to have been “not quite bright enough.” Once America was “ankle deep” in Vietnam by 11/63, it perceived itself, not unjustifiably, as simply unable to “extricate with honor”…the elusive “light at the end of the tunnel” repeatedly proved to be a mirage…and the one reminder–lesson of this “police action” was that best to engage far–away campaigns only excruciatingly carefully, inasmuch as—once–in, it is almost impossible to get out.   

 

1962 CE Confrontation!  CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS

Oct 22: JFK goes on national TV and announces U.S. quarantine of shipping to Cuba…as nuclear missiles supplied by the Soviets have been discovered on the island after US analysis of photographs by U–2 spy plane over flights of Cuba.

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