A picture of John Kennedy's Limousine moments after the fatal shot.

A picture of President John Kennedy’s Limousine moments after the fatal shot.

 

It was on the 22nd November 1963 that the then United States of America’s President John F Kennedy (also known as JFK) was assassinated by a man called Lee Harvey Oswald, an alleged fanatical communist. Although, the brutal fact remains that this shocking assassination was due to a “conspiracy”  that was hatched mainly by certain members belonging to US military and intelligence community i.e. Central Intelligence Agency or CIA,  and backed up by agencies such as the FBI i.e. Federal Bureau of Investigation. So if this assassination was indeed a conspiracy then, the question to be asked is, what were the reasons behind the president being eliminated?  To answer this question, here is presenting a few probable reasons

1. Kennedy’s intention to end “Cold War” with Russia

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President John F Kennedy seen here with then Soviet Union premier Nikita Khrushchev intended to end “Cold War” between the two countries, a major reason behind the assassination.

It was on the 20th of January 1961 that John F Kennedy officially became the 35th American President. One of his priorities after becoming president was to end the “arms race” i.e. the cold war that existed between the United States of America and Russia. The 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba conducted by the CIA and authorized by (Kennedy’s predecessor) Eisenhover in order to overthrow the Fidel Castro’s communist regime was abruptly put an end by Kennedy himself with the aim of ending the cold war with Russia. This was soon followed by the Cuban Missile Crisis,which resulted in the Soviet Union (due to sheer lack of faith in the the Kennedy government’s ability to prevent the CIA’s continuing attempts to destabilize Cuba, and also to show their nuclear strength) placing a few intermediate range nuclear missiles in Cuba. This highly politically volatile situation which could have resulted in a fully blown nuclear war was then handled with diplomatic finesse by Kennedy which  paved the way for peace talks between US and Russia which included the  possibility of gradual destruction of nuclear weapons via the use of the Partial Test Ban Treaty (PTBT)

Now the deft handling of Bay of Pigs invasion and Cuban Missile Crisis clearly indicated Kennedy’s intention to end the cold war, and this did not suit a few hardliners i.e. anticommunists belonging to the CIA and the US military. As result of which a plot was hatched by a group of such disgruntled individuals that belonged to the CIA and the Pentagon.

2. Kennedy’s Pro-Communist Image

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John Kennedy and Soviet Union Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the Vienna Summit held on 4th June 1961 to discuss issues such as the Bay of Pigs Invasion and in turn attempt to end the “Cold War”.

During the 60’s a feeling of anticommunism had spread throughout America rapidly. It was during this period that there existed many individuals within the US intelligence and military community that were strongly anticommunist. The handling of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba and the Cuban Missile Crisis by Kennedy created a “communist sympathizer” image in the minds of certain anticommunist fanatics within the CIA and Pentagon. The fact that Kennedy dismissed Allen Dulles  the then director of CIA and his deputy Richard Bissell created an even deeper impression in the minds of the fanatics that the president was in fact providing support to communism. It is this image that then  led to the well planned and executed  assassination.

3. Kennedy’s intention to completely withdraw troops from Vietnam

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A picture of an American soldier during the Vietnam war, a war which Kennedy intended to end by calling for withdrawal of troops, yet a major reason that led to his assassination.

According to a now declassified White House official document titled “National Security Action Memorandum No 263” which was ratified by then National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy, Kennedy intended to slowly completely withdraw from Vietnam. This document stated that the president approved of military recommendations regarding withdrawal of 1,000 troops from Vietnam on a condition that no formal announcement is to be made on this subject. This new information  clearly indicates that the president’s intention to withdraw troops from Vietnam was known to everyone within the military apparatus (i.e. Pentagon and the CIA) including the fanatical anticommunist elements. It is thus this revelation that JFK was intending to withdraw troops from Vietnam that served as the last straw that broke the camel’s back, and resulted in a conspiracy to get rid of him being hatched from inside the military establishment of the country.

It has been 53 years since the unfortunate assassination of America’s most popular and charismatic president, and the one lesson that this tragic assassination teaches us all, is that “Impossible is nothing” when it comes to “politics”.

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  It was on the 22nd November 1963 that the then United States of America's President John F Kennedy (also known as JFK) was assassinated by a man called Lee Harvey Oswald, an alleged fanatical communist. Although, the brutal fact remains that this shocking assassination was due to a 'conspiracy'...