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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-----Original Message-----
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


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


Steven Dapra



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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