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  1. Kennedy did comment that it would be easy for someone with a rifle in a building--but he also said that anyone willing to give his life to kill the President could do it. Martin Shackelford
  2. Hard to determine the motive without knowing who the conspirators were, as the motives could vary widely. One person who seemed to have no motive, having spoken only favorably of JFK, was Lee Oswald. Martin Shackelford
  3. It is interesting that whenever a forum provides an opportunity to discuss Judyth's account in an open manner, it is suddenly inundated with attacks posts from three sources: 1) Team McAdams, including Dave Reitzes. 2) The Della Rosa group, including Dixie and Bernice. 3) The Lancer group, including Dave Weaver. Apparently the idea that Judyth might be taken seriously far too threatening to any of them to be permitted. But I'm sure Dixie and the other "sensitive" attack artists will find my post offensive. Martin Shackelford
  4. Judyth's book is not yet out. Also, she currently has no Internet server, so has difficulty responding in any of the forums. Martin Shackelford Anybody can you tell me how to order Judyth's book? I do'nt see any listing at Amazon.com Bill <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
  5. Question: How do people in America today view JFK? Is he seen as a hero? Is his reputation growing/declining? Why? There's no unified view, though he's generally well-regarded, I think. The conservatives appear to be very upset by that, in fact, and delight in bashing the Kennedys. This could become awkward, as California's Republican actor-governor is married to one. Fox New Network has done a lot of Kennedy-bashing. The affairs, of course, have gotten a lot of attention, and conservatives would, it seems, die before admitting that he might have been planning a withdrawal from Viet Nam. I th
  6. Did the activities of the peace movement help the NLF (Vietcong) gain control of South Vietnam? Not really. Fighting an insurgency from within a country, when it is supported by the majority of the population, is next to impossible. The U.S. admitted in the 1950s that the majority of the Vietnamese supported Ho Chi Minh and the NLF, but used that as an argument to support the minority government, though Ho had been a U.S. ally during World War Two. It was clear to Lyndon Johnson by early 1964 that the war was unwinnable, but he lacked the imagination or the political courage to just get out.
  7. Question: Could JFK have done anything to stop the Bay of Pigs invasion? Yes. He could have said no. It couldn't have happened without his approval. Unfortunately, he was newly elected, and the plan had been authorized (in a better form) by President Eisenhower, an experienced military man. JFK wasn't clearly told that the plan presented to him was modified from the one approved by Eisenhower, and went ahead with it, to his later regret. He accepted full responsibility, however, and moved on from there. Martin Shackelford
  8. Question: Was JFK aware of the plots to kill Castro? If so, did he do anything to try and stop them? John and Robert Kennedy seem to have been aware of the anti-Castro plots, and to have supported them--upset only upon learning that the CIA had become enmeshed with the Mafia in the process. They ordered this aspect stopped, but with mixed success. Martin Shackelford
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