[ RadSafe ] RE: WAG THE DOG (UNCLASSIFIED)
sjd at swcp.com
Fri Feb 8 21:50:04 CST 2008
Feb. 8, 2008
This may provide some much-needed perspective. My posting this
speech by President Kennedy does not mean I am a Democrat, nor does it mean
I am a Republican. It means I believe JFK said something worth hearing,
and worthy of serious consideration. Those wishing to excoriate me please
do so by private e-mail. Some here may not wish to read your excoriations.
President John F. Kennedy's University of Washington Speech
November 16, 1961
This speech delivered by President John F. Kennedy at the University of
Washington in Seattle, Washington, came prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis
of fall 1962. It reflects the flexible stance that United States foreign
policy would take under the Kennedy administration.
"In 1961 the world relations of this country have become tangled and
complex. One of our former allies has become our adversary and he has his
own adversaries who are not our allies. . . .
"We increase our arms at a heavy cost, primarily to make certain that we
will not have to use them. We must face up to the chance of war, if we are
to maintain the peace. We must work with certain countries lacking in
freedom in order to strengthen the cause of freedom. We find some who call
themselves neutral who are our friends and sympathetic to us, and others
who call themselves neutral who are unremittingly hostile to us. And as the
most powerful defender of freedom on earth, we find ourselves unable to
escape the responsibilities of freedom, and yet unable to exercise it
without restraints imposed by the very freedoms we seek to protect.
"We cannot, as a free nation, compete with our adversaries in tactics of
terror, assassination, false promises, counterfeit mobs and crises.
"We cannot, under the scrutiny of a free press arid public, tell different
stories to different audiences, foreign and domestic, friendly and hostile.
"We cannot abandon the slow processes of consulting with our allies to
match the swift expediencies of those who merely dictate to their satellites.
"We can neither abandon nor control the international organization in which
we now cast less than one percent of the vote in the General Assembly.
"We possess weapons of tremendous power but they are least effective in
combating the weapons most often used by freedom's foes: subversion,
infiltration, guerrilla warfare, civil disorder . . . .
"We send arms to other peoples just as we send them the ideals of democracy
in which we believe but we cannot send them the will to use those arms or
to abide by those ideals.
"And while we believe not only in the force of arms but in the force of
right and reason, we have learned that reason does not always appeal to
unreasonable men, that it is not always true that "a soft answer turneth
away wrath," and that right does not always make might.
"In short, we must face problems which do not lend themselves to easy or
quick or permanent solutions. And we must face the fact that the United
States is neither omnipotent nor omniscient, that we are only six percent
of the world's population, that we cannot impose our will upon the other
ninety-four percent of mankind, that we cannot right every wrong or reverse
each adversity, and that therefore there cannot he an American solution to
every world problem."
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