From the font of wisdom that is NewsMax, comes this report: Secret Tapes Reveal JFK’s Duplicity on Cuba, Civil Rights. President Kennedy’s offense in the judgment of today’s right-wing is that he resolved the Cuban missile crisis in secret collaboration with communists.
In his new book The Politics of Deception, historian Patrick Sloyan accuses JFK of making a “secret deal” in October 1962 in which he agreed to remove U.S nuclear missiles from Turkey if Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev removed Soviet missiles from Cuba. He portrays Kennedy as a liar and a dishonest man rather too close to alien powers, in other words, a political forefather of Barak Obama
Sloyan’s interpretation of JFK’s presidency may seem slanted or overheated to some but his underlying facts on this point are correct. During the missile crisis, JFK did indeed make an informal pledge, through Russian diplomats in Washington to that he would see to the removal of the missiles in Turkey. And JFK did not want to talk about that arrangement
Here’s Sloyan’s argument in a nutshell.
“Instead of the much-publicized showdown that Americans heard about, Kennedy accepted a swap [of nuclear missiles] almost immediately.” This “required silence from Khrushchev as being part of the deal, and then covered it up. Advisers feared if the truth came out, it would look like Kennedy sacrificed a NATO ally and that fellow NATO nations would “forever doubt America’s solidarity.”
He also calls the missile crisis “jFK’s finest moment.” The “deception” was an artful compromise that bridged a key gap in a delicate and dangerous negotiation and preserved the peace among three nations, two of them armed with nuclear weapons. What was the alternative? The Pentagon estimated an invasion of Cuba would cause 18,500 casualties before the American occupation would end. Marine Corps commandant David Shoup thought that estimate was much too low. He thought Cuba would have to be occupied by U.S. soldiers for years. Better JFK’s “politics of deception” than the ruinous alternative unanimously favored by his generals.