As recounted by independent scholar Jim DiEugenio in Robert Parry’s Consortium News, JFK supported Third World independence movements that the Pentagon and the CIA usually sought to thwart or destroy.
Two examples stand out in DiEugenio’s detailed article:
in 1957 JFK favored Algerian independence when most in the U.S. foreign policy elite favored French colonial control of that North African country.
In Congo, Ambassador Edmund Gullion, a kind of diplomatic mentor to Kennedy, favored U.S. support for Patrice Lumumba, the country’s first post-colonial prime minister, who sought to keep the country’s mineral riches from foreign control. Lumumba was feared, mistrusted and targeted for assassination by the CIA.
JFK was prescient in strategic judgment about the end of colonialism and empathetic in political assessment of anti-colonial leaders.