[ RadSafe ] RE: WAG THE DOG (UNCLASSIFIED)
Bailly, Helen A
Helen.Bailly at icp.doe.gov
Mon Feb 11 12:23:38 CST 2008
No excoriations, merely applause
Life is short - Break the rules! Forgive quickly! Kiss slowly! Love
truly! Laugh uncontrollably!... And never regret anything that made you
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From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of Steven Dapra
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 8:50 PM
To: Doug Aitken; radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: RE: [ RadSafe ] RE: WAG THE DOG (UNCLASSIFIED)
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
I am a Republican. It means I believe JFK said something worth
and worthy of serious consideration. Those wishing to excoriate me
do so by private e-mail. Some here may not wish to read your
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
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
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
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
themselves neutral who are our friends and sympathetic to us, and others
who call themselves neutral who are unremittingly hostile to us. And as
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
stories to different audiences, foreign and domestic, friendly and
"We cannot abandon the slow processes of consulting with our allies to
match the swift expediencies of those who merely dictate to their
"We can neither abandon nor control the international organization in
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
in which we believe but we cannot send them the will to use those arms
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
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
each adversity, and that therefore there cannot he an American solution
every world problem."
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