Part II – John F. Kennedy: Sinner or Saint?
Author: John Malch
Way back in 1960, when Nixon faced off with Kennedy for the U.S. presidency, I asked my father who he would be voting for. He answered: “While in confession last Sunday, my penance was I must vote for Kennedy or suffer mortal sin.” I thought he was joking because after becoming an American citizen in 1914, he had always voted Republican. Dad gave me a brief history lesson about the Kennedy dynasty. It began with Joseph P. Kennedy’s premeditated agreements with Distillers to become the sole American importer of three of its most valuable brands of liquor one month prior to the repeal of the 36th amendment which ended Prohibition. This transaction may be the reason he was infamously called ‘Joe-
the-bootlegger’. I remembered my dad calling senior Kennedy, ‘Joe-the-bootlegger’ because he was supplying spiritual wine to Catholic parishes, which was legal during Probation via government bonded warehouses. Surely, some of those spirits spilled over to old Joe’s cronies although no hard evidence has ever proved Joe was a rum-runner during Prohibition. Also, Joe Kennedy’s ‘nefarious escapades’ during the ‘Roaring Twenties’ are well documented. His business ventures included banking, manipulation of the stock market through insider trading and some slick ‘selling short’ moves when he got out of the stock market before the crash of 1929.
In early 1938, Joseph P. Kennedy was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London. His fierce
anti-Communist and anti-Semitic position are well documented and well known. Not as widely known is that he favored Adolph Hitler’s solution to both these ideologies as “world problems”.
Joe Kennedy’s dream was to see his first born son, Joseph Jr., inaugurated as the first Roman Catholic President of The United States, but Joe Jr. was killed in World War II. The dream did not vanish with Joe Jr.’s death and Joseph Sr. was not deterred: he
wanted a Kennedy in the Whitehouse. The second son, Jack, picked up the baton, ran the races and grabbed the brass ring for the Kennedy family-John F. Kennedy (Jack) became the 35th President of the United States on January 20, 1961.
The 1960 Democratic National Convention was held in Los Angeles and I remembered two new challengers, Adlai Stevenson II and Lyndon B. Johnson, tossed their hats in the ring just one week before the convention opened.
Stevenson was not a viable candidate after losing in two consecutive presidential elections to the popular Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956. However, Johnson was the Senate Majority Leader and was considered the second most powerful political
figure in the America. My dad and I both thought Johnson would be a shoo-in; winning the nomination and running against Nixon in the November election. But, Kennedy by a small margin won on the first ballot over Johnson. Dad and I both consider some funny finagling was used to secure those last minute critical delegates. After Kennedy received the nomination, he asked Johnson to be his running mate in a move which surprised both of us. (This may have been the start of an era of Democratic dirty tricks in the 1960s.)
I also voted for JFK, but for reasons other than committing a mortal sin. By way of contrast, in the two previous elections, as my dad did, I voted for Ike. In 1960, my original choice was Nixon.
Kennedy and Nixon had almost identical resumes in their earlier careers. Both men were Naval Officers in World War II and served in the South Pacific Theater. Kennedy served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 and the U.S. Senate
from 1953 to 1961. Nixon was elected to the House of Representatives from California in 1946; reelected in 1948 and elected to the Senate in 1950. Nixon’s advantage over Kennedy was that he had served as Vice President for eight years.
I respected Nixon for several reasons: In April 1958 near the end of a goodwill tour of South America, he had unpleasant confrontations in Lima, Peru and a fracas in Caracas, Venezuela. But, according to historian Stephen E. Ambrose, Nixon’s courageous conduct in the situation “caused even some of his bitterest enemies to give him some grudging respect”
He continued to show courage under fire with his candor in debating Khrushchev about the merits of capitalism versus communism that became known as their famous “Kitchen Debate” in 1959.
Kennedy was young and spoke with the skill of a seasoned orator. He was captivating and fresh. He appealed to the party faithful and those who were undecided. He swayed me and received my vote. As I reflect on Kennedy’s election, I find that it is still in an area of limbo in my mind. “The Presidential election of 1960 was one of the closest in American history”. “You gotta swallow this one,” says a Republican hack in Oliver Stone’s Nixon, referring to the 1960 election, in which John F. Kennedy prevailed. “They stole it fair and square.”
There still remains a shadow of treachery in his election
- Did Joseph Kennedy pull some unsavory strings for his son to capture the White House?
- Was there credibility to any Mob involvement?
- Did Kennedy’s operatives fixed the tallies in Texas and Illinois, giving him those states’ 51 electoral votes and a majority in the Electoral College?
- Was there really a Lazarus vote in Chicago?
Kennedy won the presidency by a narrow popular vote plurality (slightly over 110,000 nationally) over the Republican candidates Vice President Richard M. Nixon and UN
Ambassador Henry C. Lodge II. When the votes were tallied in November, Kennedy earned 49.7% of the popular vote to Nixon’s 49.5%. Kennedy polled only about 100,000 more votes than Nixon out of over 68 million votes cast. The Electoral College awarded the election to Kennedy by a 303-219 margin, despite Nixon winning more states than Kennedy.
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
The sun quickly set over my enchantment of President Kennedy
The Bay of Pigs was the first domino to fall. Following his election in 1960, President John F. Kennedy was informed of the invasion plan of Cuba and gave his consent.
When he reneged in supporting group Brigade 2506 in their mission to overthrow a fledgling Communist regime, I began to lose confidence in Kennedy.
Retrospectively, his action did not make a lot of sense. Cuba is about 90 miles from the United States. Why would he not support group Brigade 2506 mission and not allow Communism to have a foot hold in the Western Hemisphere?
A short one month after the Bay of Pigs, in May 1961, Kennedy sends 400 American Green Beret ‘Special Advisors’ to South Vietnam to train South Vietnamese soldiers in methods of ‘counter-insurgency’ in the fight against Viet Cong guerrillas and
‘Communism.’ Later that same year he agreed that an extra 1000 US military advisors would be sent to South Vietnam.
So, by the end of 1962 there were 12,000 of these advisors in South Vietnam. Yes, South Vietnam, a country nearly 10,000 miles from the West Coast of the United States and where in 1960 we had no direct threat of Communism reaching our western shoreline. Nor, any direct interest in this country, except for several American registered corporations in Saigon, i.e., Getz Bros., Ltd IBM, and a few others.
Perhaps, he was fulfilling a famous quote that he made also later in that same year. “Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place.”–John F. Kennedy, October 1961
The Follies or was it Fillies of JFK?
“I can do more women than you can do for your country.” No, I don’t think Jack
Kennedy ever said that. But, the apple didn’t fall from the tree when it came to Joe Kennedy’s philandering son. Jack allegedly shared a mistress with Chicago Mob boss Sam Giancana until confronted by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. It was Frank Sinatra who introduced Judith Exner to the Massachusetts senator who was running for president. Some of Hollywood’s most famous stars pimped for him, including
affairs with Marilyn Monroe. 
JFK, was he a warmonger or did he just blunder into an indefinable situation? Consider the following:
- The Cuban missile crisis—known as 13 Days In October 1962
- Did JFK’s State of the Union on (11 January 1962) address send a mixed-message to the Soviets?
- Did his “Our Military Strength” remarks threaten the Soviets; forcing them to place an offensive missile system in Cuba?
Kennedy’s report on ‘Our Military Strength’ was given nine months before the Cuban Missile crisis ended. Had our missiles in southern Italy and in Turkey not been on the table for removal in a compromise between Kennedy and Khrushchev, we most probably would have had a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. Remember the acronym [MAD] Mutual Assured Destruction? So, reading his position on military capabilities in January 1962, it appeared to me as rather hawkish and I am sure the Soviets felt threatened. From President Kennedy’s Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union delivered on January 11, 1962:
Part V-OUR MILITARY STRENGTH
Second paragraph: “In the past 12 months our military posture has steadily improved. We increased the previous defense budget by 15 percent–not in the expectation of war but for the preservation of peace. We more than doubled our acquisition rate of Polaris submarines–we doubled the production capacity for Minuteman missiles–and increased by 50 percent the number of manned bombers standing ready on a 15 minute alert. This year the combined force levels planned under our new Defense budget–including nearly three hundred additional Polaris and Minuteman missiles–have been precisely calculated to insure the continuing strength of our nuclear deterrent.”
When you translate this paragraph into literal Russian context, any KGB intelligence officer would consider it a threat. Thus, I used the term ‘warmonger’ as one who advocates or attempts to stir up war.
I well remember the Cuban Missile ordeal. Our Fire Department was on full alert during that period. Lockheed had a missile test site about twenty miles north of Santa Cruz and might have been considered a target for the Soviets. The following was provided by Barbara Johnson. “I found this Atlantic Monthly article spellbinding.” The Real Cuban Missile Crisis.
Finally, I have to mention this again
JFK had blood on his hands in condoning the coup d’etat of Jean Baptiste Ngô Ðình Diem, President of Republic of South Vietnam, 1 November 1963. No! JFK did not participate in Diem’s assassination. However, he was a naive when dealing with Asians.
When I write about JFK and Vietnam, ‘old ghosts’ are looking over my shoulder making sure I tell it right.
Kennedy says U.S. troops are not fighting a war in Vietnam
In his State of the Union speech, President John F. Kennedy said:
(Excerpt) “…We support the independence of those newer or weaker states whose
history geography, economy or lack of power impels them to remain outside “entangling alliances” — as we did ourselves for so many years. For the independence of nations is a bar to the communists’ “grand design” — it is the basis of our own. In the past year, for example, we have urged a neutral and independent Laos — regained there a common policy with our major allies — and insisted that a cease-fire precede negotiations. While a workable formula for supervising its independence is still to be achieved, both the spread of war and a communist occupation thus far have been prevented. A satisfactory settlement in Laos would also help to achieve and safeguard the peace in Viet Nam — where the foe is increasing his tactics of terror — where our own efforts have been stepped up — and where the local government has initiated new programs and reforms to broaden the base of resistance. The systematic aggression now bleeding that country is not a “war of liberation” — for Viet Nam is already free. It is a war of attempted subjugation — and it will be resisted….”
Asked at a news conference if U.S. troops were fighting in Vietnam, President Kennedy
answered “No.” He was technically correct, but U.S. soldiers were serving as combat advisers with the South Vietnamese army, and U.S. pilots were flying missions with the South Vietnamese Air Force. While acting in this advisory capacity, some soldiers invariably got wounded, and press correspondents based in Saigon were beginning to see casualties from the “support” missions and ask questions.
Insert photo # 16: War in South Vietnam. Servicemen lined up respectfully near coffins and MATS air transport during services for American military dead at Tan Son Nhut.15 January 1962.
My Question: Were the corpses in these five military shipping caskets ghosts from a “back to the future war” or were they killed in an action that Kennedy said United States troops were not fighting?
The assassination that socked the world
Just about anyone who was around on 22 November 1963 have a tale to tell. Here is mine and it’s the first time I’ve ever told it.
It was an all-nighter for me putting out a stubborn house fire in east Santa Cruz. After
returning to main station I had to clean my assigned apparatus. My duty ended a 0700 hours and my counterpart from ‘B’ shift offered to complete the required detailing.
When I arrived home, I immediately hit the sack. A ringing telephone awakened me around noon. When I answered, it was my dad. All he said was, “Turn on the TV, Kennedy’s been shot in Dallas” and he hung-up. And the rest is history. It was Friday, 22 November 1963, I was just starting a routine break of five-days. The television coverage for the next 120 hours continued to report/repeat the assassination of President Kennedy.
As the 51st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaches, it is
a mind-boggler that a majority of Americans (61%) still believe Lee Harvey Oswald was not the only one involved in the murder of President Kennedy. I am one of them.
I am in their corner when any ‘JFK’ conspiracy is discussed. I have always felt that the Warren Commission white washed their investigation to appease the American public in a grief stricken nation. I have seen several movies about the JFK incident in Dallas, but never heard of Executive Action until recently browsing my Netflix account for Burt Lancaster films. I watched it. It is so obvious that in Oliver Stone’s JFK, he copycatted or plagiarized so much from Executive Action. In similar dialogue and cinematography expertise in feathering in clips of actual news events, etc., etc.
Executive Action was released 7 November 1973 and only ran one to two weeks in movie theaters in the United States or got pulled from them altogether. It never made it to any American theaters while I was in Vietnam or after that. There are plenty of excuses as to why the film was stopped, but none satisfy my thoughts that it may have hit nerves of people who may have been involved.
Two parts of this movie I will mention: The interesting part was at the beginning when several wealthy and powerful white males were contemplating their plot to take out ‘JFK’. In their conversation, one stated, “the Kennedy’s are the most politically powerful family in America. Their continuance in power could last for more than a generation: with two terms for Jack, two terms for Bobby and two more terms for Eddy.” That’s 24 years! Joseph P. Kennedy’s dream may have happened if the Kennedy brothers had ruled the United States until 1984.
The second part really got my interest. I have read countless reviews and comments from critics and viewers and very few mentioned conspirators’ ties to the syndicate or Mafia. When Oswald is apprehended and interrogated by Dallas lawmen. He shows a presence of no implication in the shooting and pleads his innocence. Oswald called himself a “patsy” and I believe that he was. Whether he fired the fatal shot or a look-alike did is unknown. In the movie, the conspirators openly discussed this problem and suddenly Jack Ruby appears. Ruby is not going to take any orders from a group of rich white guys. Thus, there must be a connection made and orders given to take-out Oswald by Ruby. As most know, this did in fact happen.
But, I can see where cases can be made for other scenarios including a self-appointed executive action committee and/or by a person with absolute power. They all had reasons to get rid of the president.
The DRAFT of NSAM 273
Perhaps the most powerful evidence indicating that select Senior Administration Officials and Senior Military personnel may have had foreknowledge of the plot to assassinate the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, is found in the DRAFT of National Security Action Memorandum (NSAM) Number 273. There are several smoking guns, but the one that initially stands out as the most obvious is the date of the DRAFT, which was subsequently signed by McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant to the President for National Security. The DRAFT was written and dated November 21st, 1963 less than 24 hours before the assassination. It was ostensibly the result of the meetings that took place the previous day at the Honolulu Conference.
A colleague of mine provides an interesting insight into Kennedy’s assassination: MIC
Eisenhower warned us of a “military-industrial complex at the end of his presidency. Who would understand it better?
It’s true that JFK (and Robert) had a lot of enemies. Kennedy was pulling troops out of
Vietnam. He had scaled back the power of the CIA because they had deluded him with the Bay of Pigs fiasco. That also led Kennedy to be suspicious of generals because they are trained for war. So It’s quite possible that an ‘Executive Action’ did engineer the assassination.
There are several other sources that bear interest in the assassination:
JFK: The Smoking Gun breaks new ground in the case of President John F. Kennedy’s murder 51 years ago by presenting evidence amassed by two highly qualified experts during multi-year investigations into Kennedy’s assassination.
“Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK” is a 1992 non-fiction book by Bonar Menninger describing a theory by sharpshooter, gunsmith and ballistics expert Howard Donahue that a Secret Service agent accidentally fired the shot that actually killed President John F. Kennedy. Mortal Error was published by St Martin’s Press in both hardback, paperback, and audiobook.
Synopsis: The premise is that upon hearing the first shot, a rookie Secret Service agent, George Hickey, picked up an AR-15 lying on the floorboard of the limousine trailing JFK. The AR-15 was locked and loaded and Hickey released the safety and put his finger on the trigger. Just then the car he was in sped up, making him lose his balance and accidentally causing him to pull the trigger, hitting Kennedy. This may seem far-fetched, but the first full metal jacket round fired by Oswald hit JFK in the neck, and then continued into Connolly. It did not explode on contact. The shot you see on the Zapruder film where Kennedy’s head explodes was a different kind of round – one that exploded on contact – and had to come from a different weapon.
There were three casings next to Oswald’s rifle. One was bent and apparently was locked in the chamber to keep dust out of the housing and barrel. A witness said she observed the sparks from the second round that hit the pavement causing sparks to fly. It is thought that a fragment hit Kennedy but definitely did not cause a portion of his skull to be blown away.
President Clinton conducted an investigation into the assassination but a week before the trial the Secret Service Branch destroyed all their records that pertained to the assassination. The Secret Service had also dominated the room where Kennedy’s autopsy was performed and destroyed all photographs and the doctor who was head of the department later asked one of his assistants to fabricate an exhibit. Kennedy’s head supposedly was given to Robert Kennedy and then came up missing.
That means then that Oswald only fired two shots, not the three that everyone has had trouble duplicating in the time allotted. There is a lot of other evidence to support this theory such as the size of the entry wound for the fatal shot.
Actual Parallels to the movie Executive Action
A very revealing look at the many on record unusual events and speculation surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy and the likely course of action that led to it at the behest of the Uber Elite. JFK was a real threat to the New World Order.
JFK wanted to end the Fed. He had the audacity to bypass the Federal Reserve Criminal Crime Syndicate and gave the people $32,000,000,000 of debt free money backed by silver via Executive Order 11110, usurping the Rockefeller/Rothschild money printers at the top of the United States Plutocracy.
JFK also sought to end the CIA, close Military bases, limit our foreign entanglements as the Founding Fathers prescribed — not to be the United Nations and NATO’s military machine.
JFK wanted to get America out of Vietnam. The debate endures because JFK expressed support for both his dovish policy option (withdrawal without victory) and his hawkish option (escalation until victory). Withdrawal from Vietnam order NSAM 263 was signed by JFK on 11 October 1963. An order to withdraw 1,000 troops out of roughly 16,000 Americans stationed in Vietnam by the end of 1963, with the complete withdrawal by the end of 1965.
JFK wanted to increase domestic spending, not war spending for the United Nations world government. JFK really wanted peace. The United Nations makes war and speaks peace. Of course, most Americans are unaware of this.
The controlled mass media spews Orwellian doublespeak – War is peace. Ignorance is
strength, Freedom is slavery.
In all fairness to President John F. Kennedy, he was no Obama/Romney Goldman-Sachs puppet. He really wanted to help the poor. To end division, not foster it. He wanted to really bring American to higher level. The globalist Bilderberg/Council on Foreign Relations. Oligarchs of course have other intentions: divide and conquer, Hegelian Wars, de-industrialization, a loss of National Sovereignty, open borders, wild inflation, dollar devaluation, financial crisis’s, “UN humanitarian aid”, Agenda 21, etc.
Every President since President Kennedy has furthered us into the New World Order.
NSAM 273 effectively overturned Kennedy’s NSAM 263 and ordered the planning of increased activity in Vietnam. The memorandum also authorized open-ended covert operations against North Vietnam. This, in turn, led to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which President Johnson used to obtain congressional authorization for a drastic escalation of the war. The draft of NSAM 273 was dated Nov. 21, 1963, the day before the assassination; however, Kennedy had not ordered its creation and did not see it. Newly sworn-in President Johnson signed 273 on Nov. 26, the day after Kennedy was buried.
The ‘old ghosts’ who were looking over my shoulder as I wrote this are the three million of ‘all people’ who perished during the United States conflict in South East Asia. The blame for their sacrifice must be shared by all presidents involved before and after Kennedy’s 1037 days in office. The legacy of these men is not a proud one, because in the end on 30 April 1975, the United States did not win the Vietnam War.
I will let the reader determine whether JFK was a sinner or a saint.
John T. Malch (email); 7 November 2014 @ 10:45 AM
Post Script: Executive Action and John Guffey
Written by my friend John Guffey in January 2013. One month before he passed away on 14 February 2013.
Like Vietnam, I have no doubts as to your conclusion that it was a conspiracy engendered by big money. My library on the JFK assassination is about 40 books. I have the Warren Commission Report. It’s but one book so I would say it’s condensed.
While I have no doubt it was a conspiracy, I can’t bring myself to believe that the mafia, politicians, the military, could have one or more individuals involved without a leak over the years. I can see the shooters being taken out rather quickly but the instigators had to be a group, however small, and no one said a word for all these years? I think I have a list of about 40 people (associated with the assassination) that died over the ensuing 2-3 years.
I know one thing – Oswald didn’t do it. Whether or not he was aware of it is debatable but he was a patsy if ever was one.
The Commission did a terrible job, even omitting evidence and allowing no defense counsel for the dead man to cross examine the witnesses. Why do such a shoddy incompetent job unless they were aware of something more? The brain coming up missing?? An obvious cover-up but why/who?
We will never know.
Rather like the entire nation over the last 50 – 60 years. Insane things on a grand scale. Eisenhower spoke of the Military Industrial Complex. He was right of course but he must have been aware of it long before but said not a word. Even in speaking of it, he did not place emphasis on his words or provide any detail. We now see’ K’ Street lined with lobbies from bubble gum to nuclear weaponry.
Thursday, 10 January 2013 @ 00:12 Hrs ICT (12:12 am)
 Can there be Mortal Sin in Voting? http://www.thecatholicthing.org/columns/2014/can-there-be-mortal-sin-in-voting.html
 This is confirmed by Doris Kearns, the only historian to have access to Kennedy’s papers, she found scant evidence there to support the claims made by, among others, the gangsters Frank Costello and Meyer Lansky of large underworld deals. But Kennedy went into the Prohibition era with large stocks of liquor from his father’s stores, and on the day it ended he had three lucrative franchises for British whisky and gin, a company to import them, and a network of retailers already in place. It was the work of a man who knew well where the subterranean rivers of illicit booze had run during Prohibition, but kept the knowledge close. His papers guard it still.
 Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/04/26/the-kennedy-bootlegging-myth.html
 Another reason I was leery of Nixon at the time was that I feared he might push the nuclear button if he were pushed around by the Soviets and backed into a bleak situation. He may have handled the ‘Bay of Pigs’ fiasco very differently than JFK. Castro did not cozy up to Soviets until after the failed invasion. Intelligence analysts I knew in Saigon and who were involved with ‘Bay of Pigs’, told me that Khrushchev was not ready to support an upstart revolutionary. However, in the following year when the Soviets got caught placing nuclear weapons on Cuba, it became a real threat. The situation changed for the worse. These analysts would jokingly say, “Thank God that Kennedy was at the helm”. If Nixon were president, he would have gone ballistic and pushed the panic button.” As I mentioned before, Kennedy had the ability to compromise a seemly doomsday situation. Nixon on the other hand may not have handled it not so well.
 The Other Side of Camelot; http://articles.latimes.com/2013/nov/21/news/la-ol-jfks-lover-50-years-on-20131121
 JFK and Marilyn: Their affair; http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/celebrity/marilyn_monroe/6.html
 With A Heavy Heart…’ — Secret JFK Speech Could Have Signaled Start Of WWIII
 National Security Action Memorandum 263; http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/w6LJoSnW4UehkaH9Ip5IAA.aspx