A Quick Business Trip
On December 7th, 1963 US President John F. Kennedy announced that an additional five thousand military advisors would be deployed in Vietnam during early January. By the end of the year Saigon had received $500 million in military aid. 1
Mr Kennedy had recently returned from a campaign tour of the southern states during which he had held a private meeting with former Vice President Richard M. Nixon.
White House staff were quick to dismiss a suggested connection between the meeting and the announcement.
As had been reported openly in the Dallas Times Herald, by coincidence Mr Nixon had conveniently been in Dallas on the 21st November for a quick business trip 2. A young marine named Lee Oswald had delivered Mr Nixon's gracious invitation and the President had been only too pleased to accept.
In this scenario, we suggest that rather than Kennedy survive to withdraw, rather he is menaced with some unspecified threat by the industrial-military complex as represented by Nixon. Strong-armed, Kennedy survives only to escalate the war in Vietnam. We are grateful to Mr Robert Taylor, Founder of Todayinah for the suggested Oswald connection.
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