Thanks for reply Mr. Wilkerson,
I was only 9 in '62, but my home was one of the after dinner news-watching, political talking family until the genearational divide halted that about the time Bobby was killed.
In '62 Crisis I got really worried when the olive drab barrels of water turned up in the hallways of the school.
The "new" duck-n-cover crap drills in school I already knew of from first grade around Tampa.
That didn't frighten me, reading the Collier's Encyclopedia re: Nukes did scare me.
Order of importance is a tough criteria for the events of 1960 - 1964.
I feel that there was a trend of the Empire's thinking opposing both Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.
The close of the Eisenhower administration with a Crusade for Peace and a hoped for Paris Summit Conference indicated what Ike Eisenhower wanted to end his "political" career conducting PEACE.
Those of the Dulles Brothers kinds of mindset opposed all that.
Someone sabotaged all those efforts and it was not Russian spys or "fellow travelers", it was of the Military/Intelligence/Industrial Complex in the U-2 Crisis that the evil ones exploited their power.
Eisenhower was one of the guys, a career military soldier but even he was mistaken when he thought he was President.
The Enemy didn't care about Ike's service, an empire's power was being threatened.
They didn't care what the citizens thought about Eisenhower.
John Kennedy also mistakenly thought he was President.
He was not stupid enough to be dragged into Cuba when the Empire set him up in the honeymoon of his administration in the Bay of Pigs sabotaged operation.
Afterwards he executed actions to stop that kind of BS and officials openly lying to him, I think really p**sed him off.
Being Irish he knew well that calmer heads do not prevail when the fit hits the shan.
When he issued NSAMs 57,8 and 9 he declared his intention to halt the Spooks from running wild and reign in the spooks to be under the control of the JCStaff and there his immediate control and command.
I think the open revolt arose of that effort and other things he did.
It is indicative of the attitude of both sides of the aisle.
War vs. Peace. Peace lost in the devastation of Eisenhower's leaving office and it lost in the end in the November Coup.
I am reminded of the transition period between the two admins. Docs indicate that the Bay Of Pigs as Eisenhower authorized a small almost covert op with 60 HIGHLY TRAINED Cuban operatives with some covert air assets, then Nixon by most accounts upped the thing to a fiasco of many times the size and risk to people. To then be inherited by the incoming Kennedy admin with the "Best and Brightest".
Little over a year later the Missiles of October turned the DOD livid.
Kennedy's peaceful conclusion of the crisis really upset the Empire.
A back channel link to "the enemy" have many precedents in history. Sucessful ones too
But that uncontrolled unaltered direct communication was another point of contention.
Not thru the NRO, nor the NSA, nor the State Dept. nor the CIA did the end of the fear come.
But thru personal and direct communication was peace kept alive.
Fear lost again, there was something about the Kennedy guy.
"13 Days" as a film I find to be largely supported by events and what we can now prove about the events.
In fact it is a little weaker than the documents would support about where the lines were drawn in the upper levels of "power".
"The Fog of War" is important too as you observed. Robert McNamara pretty well laid it out when he said even Curt Le May admitted if we had lost WW2 he would have been tried as a war criminal.
Things had become toxic between the DOD and their civilian BOSSES after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy had made the mid-term election of 62 irrelevant.
WeThePeople knew he had saved the world with a little help from the "enemy".
After the Oxford Mississippi riots quelled by US Marshalls it should not have been a surprise Kennedy would introduce civil rights legislation and the opposition just became even more radical.
I find it of note that in both the Missile Crisis and the Civil Rights issues, Kennedy took the issues to his bosses - WeThePeople on TV.
Two could play the media to effect as both sides did so.
An offer to cooperate with the Russians in space? After we had almost "caught up with them"?!?!
As military as NASA has always been their reaction is predictable
It is my view that by June 1963 American University speech the decision was made to "get rid of him".
To change our view of the Soviet Union? Unthinkable to the Dulles Folks and the Luce folks.
To acknowldge that the Russians had beaten the Nazi horror machine was taken as denegrating the Veterans of the US efforts of WW2.
As opposed to the observation of history.
The Fable surmounting History even then.
I did not exactly answer the idea completely or in order of importance really. I beg pardon.
I wanted to examine and emphasize the trend of the power centers thoughts in more or less chronological order.
I do wonder how long it will be before America "elects" another President of courage.
Whoever that person is it will not be a chickenhawk product of the DOD empire like Dick Cheney or Don Rumsfeld or GW Bu$h.