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Rusk's obsession to distort the Kennedy record was so comprehensive, he even bastardized Kennedy's inaugural address to "prove" that he and Kennedy had parallel views about the Vietnam war. According to the repeatedly alluded to passage that Rusk referenced in his Second Oral History Review:

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."

That was JFK.

This is Dean Rusk: "We love peace. We shall do all we can in order to preserve it for ourselves and all mankind. But we love liberty the more and we shall take up any challenge, we shall answer any threat. We shall pay any price to make certain that freedom shall not perish from this earth."

In the final analysis, JFK was often imitated, never duplicated, and the gap between his notion of reality and the one that Rusk and friends imposed was starkly unbridgeable.

To appreciate the extreme contrast, you must read this.


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