What if JFK lived? Five headlines that might have been


Koji Masutani’s 2008 documentary, “Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived,” draws from Kennedy’s past crisis responses (such as the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the construction of the Berlin Wall) to argue that the Vietnam War would not have dragged on if JFK had lived.

Kennedy had already started to draw down his military advisers when he was killed, and he had directed his Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to plan a systematic removal of U.S. forces from Vietnam by 1965.

Masutani’s film posits that it was Johnson who escalated the conflict to the point of war. As Johnson once said, “I don’t think negotiation is necessarily the best way to win the girl.”

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