Debating the Kennedy Presidency (Debating Twentieth-Century by James N. Giglio

By James N. Giglio

Debating the Kennedy Presidency examines the successes and screw ups of Kennedy's overseas and family rules. The differing viewpoints of the 2 authors, in addition to the supplementary files, permit readers to envision the problems and draw their very own conclusions approximately America's thirty fifth president.

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Kennedy had done exactly what he had objected to when Nikita Khrushchev gave his “wars of national liberation” speech and when he proclaimed the inevitable victory of communism at the Vienna summit. FIDEL CASTRO AND CUBA If one issue defined John F. Kennedy’s presidency, it would be his conduct of relations with Cuba under Fidel Castro. S. policy toward Cuba represented both the high and low points of the Kennedy years. The president achieved a striking triumph in October 1962, when he forced the Soviet Union to dismantle and remove nucleartipped missiles from the Caribbean island.

He also ordered a small battle group of fifteen hundred military men to travel on trucks down the autobahn through East Germany to West Berlin to insure that the West preserved its access to the city. The battle group received a tumultuous welcome from Berliners when it rolled down the Ku$rstendamm, the glittering shopping street of West Berlin, and the soldiers were personally saluted by the vice president. S. position in West Berlin. After August 1961 the Berlin crisis gradually wound down, without a definitive settlement.

East Germany would then be in a position to cut off Western access to the city, because Berlin was situated entirely within East Germany, 110 miles from the border of West Germany. The word “war” actually arose in the talks. S. ” He reiterated, however, his “firm and irrevocable” decision to sign a peace treaty in December. ’ Berlin’s unique international 24 Stephen G. Rabe position resulted from the defeat of Nazi Germany and wartime agreements. Germany and its capital city were divided among the four Allied powers, pending a comprehensive settlement.

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