Michael Swanson, an investment adviser turned JFK researcher, called my attention to “Council of War,” a fascinating official history of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which documents the Pentagon’s resistance to, and resentment of, President Kennedy’s foreign policy, especially on Cuba and Vietnam.
Published by the JCS, the study presents an unvarnished view of an unprecedented mistrust between White House and Pentagon in the year before Kennedy was violently removed from power.
“Read this book and you are reading a real history of the American empire and defense establishment written for future leaders of the Pentagon and armed forces,” writes Swanson, who plans to publish his own study of the Cold War from 1945-1963 in the fall.
Some highlights from “Council of War:”
Politico has a timely look back at how JFK fended off militaristic pressure. More proof that JFK was a rhetorical hawk and practical dove.
“The B-70 fight was unquestionably one of Kennedy’s finest hours,” says Brookings senior fellow and military affairs expert Michael O’Hanlon.
Source: JFK’s Forgotten Constitutional Crisis – POLITICO Magazine
“This is almost as bad as the appeasement at Munich.”
— Air Force General Curtis LeMay to JFK upon being told that the U.S. would respond to Soviet missiles in Cuba with a blockade, not an invasion. Read more
Doug Horne, former Chief Analyst for Military Records for the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), writes with a comment/correction on our Oct. 19 story, “Enhanced Air Force One tapes capture a top general’s response to JFK’s murder.”
When audio engineer Ed Primeau learned in 2011 about a previously unknown recording of radio communications to and from Air Force One on November 22, 1963, he volunteered his own time and expertise to enhance the tape for public consumption.
Air Force One on the evening of November 22, 1963 (Mary Ferrell Foundation)
That was the day the President John F. Kennedy was shot dead on a Dallas street and the new President Lyndon Johnson and First Lady Jackie Kennedy flew back to Washington with JFK’s body.
“I thought this could really be exciting,” Primeau said in a phone interview. “I’ve always been fascinated by history and the JFK conspiracy questions.”
Primeau, known nationally for his work analyzing recordings heard in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, worked with JFK researcher Bill Kelly at no charge to enhance the tape.
Oliver Stone talks to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now about JFK and the untold history of the United States.