He called Pentagon generals "crazy" for wanting to nuke Soviet Russia. He said he "never had the slightest intention of" attacking or invading Cuba during the 1962 missile crisis.
He swung to peace, away from war, wanted nuclear weapons abolished, and the Cold War ended. He favored "general and complete disarmament."
He signed the Limited Test Ban Treaty with the Soviets. In October 1963 (weeks before his assassination), he signed National Security Action Memorandum 263. It called for removing 1,000 US troops from Vietnam by year's end and the remainder by December 1965.
As president, he underwent a spiritual transformation. He changed from cold warrior to peacemaker. He opposed Israeli nuclearization. He wrote Gen-Gurion and told him. He also supported Palestinian liberation.
On June 4, 1963, he challenged Wall Street. He signed Executive Order (EO) 11110. It constitutionally empowered the federal government to create and "issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury."
It's believed he ordered the Treasury Secretary to issue nearly $4.3 billion worth of United States notes. Perhaps he had in mind replacing Wall Street controlled Federal Reserve Notes.
Whether or not he wanted the Fed abolished or nationalized isn't clear. Had he lived and served a second term, imagine the possibilities.
Peace instead of war? Government closer to serving everyone? Perhaps more mindful of people needs?
Michael Harrington's "The Other America" expose of US poverty affected him enough to want something done about it. Who can know what might have followed.
America has no Jack Kennedy today. For sure, neither does Israel.
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