Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Obama Advisor Susan Rice's Major Historical/Foreign Policy Error

Unfortunately, Susan Rice's statement regarding the Kennedy Khrushchev meeting, "Thank God he did because if he hadn't we would have not been able to resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis" is completely false. In fact historians agree that this meeting fueled the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Weekly Standand, in detailing the Kennedy Khrushchev meeting, quotes NYT columnist James Reston who interviewed President Kennedy right after his meeting with Khrushchev,

"Reston reported that Kennedy said just enough for Reston to conclude that Khrushchev "had studied the events of the Bay of Pigs" and that he had "decided that he was dealing with an inexperienced young leader who could be intimidated and blackmailed." Kennedy said to Reston that Khrushchev had "just beat [the] hell out of me" and that he had presented Kennedy with a terrible problem: "If he thinks I'm inexperienced and have no guts, until we remove those ideas we won't get anywhere with him. So we have to act."
Kennedy responded to the meeting with a congressional request for a dramatic increase in defense spending, and a significant increase in the size of the military. Khrushchev responded to Kennedy's actions with above ground nuclear testing and erecting the Berlin Wall. The tensions between the US and Soviet Union dramatically increased due to the Kennedy Khrushchev meeting; the Cuban Missile Crisis followed.

Susan Rice's statement is simply false. There is no historical record of the Kennedy Khrushchev meeting being at all helpful in resolving the Cuban Missile Crisis and actually the exact opposite true that an inexperienced leader was bullied into an arms race.


Anonymous said...

As I recall, the thing that resolved the Cuban Missile Crisis was four B-52s (with nukes) headed toward USSR air space. Yes it was just a bluff. (I think) But it was a bluff they could not afford to call.

Sheridan Bucket said...

Watched that live and could not believe that ridiculous comment. If this is the type of nonsense that is being used to advise Mr. Obama that personally meeting with Ahmagonnanukeisreal will solve all problems then we are in serious trouble.

kmorrison said...

It leaves me wondering if she is truly that oblivious to history, or if she purposely made a deceptive comment assuming most people like JFK, and wouldn't realize the error. - Either way, not good.

David said...

I noticed that as well. My first thought is didn't the meeting occur before the Cuban mess? How did it help resolve it?

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