< meta name="DC.Date.Valid.End" content="20050825"> Amendment Nine: President John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

President John F. Kennedy

Reprinted below is the text of my post from one year ago today. Once again, I think it is altogether fitting and proper that we take at least a few moments to reflect on the life of John F. Kennedy. Many weep at the tragedy of a life and a time of so much promise cut so short. That is perfectly appropriate. But as I suggest below, he was there and very much alive and in charge at the precise time that it counted most:

For every peaceful sunrise of the last 42 years, we owe a profound debt of gratitude to JFK. As a result of revelations about the Cuban Missile Crisis, we now know that if the USA had attacked Cuba the Soviets would have responded with a nuclear attack on major cities in the US. Many of our nation's other leaders at the time, including Kennedy's military advisers and many in Congress, wanted him to invade Cuba. They were all wrong, and if any of them had been President instead of Kennedy, there would have been a major nuclear war. But Kennedy, who at the time was not much older than Barack Obama is now, had the personal and political courage to stand up to them for the good of the nation and the world.

Many political leaders, given the gift of time, have accomplished more than JFK. But none has ever accomplished anything greater.