Greg, your suggested future thread:
"Did Ike's Farewell Address to the Nation Cause the Next President to be Killed?"
May be viewed as a fractal* to Charles' original question:
*Geometrical pattern self-similar across successively smaller dimensions
Was it pre-ordained that a version of JFK would be elected and then eliminated in so violently archetypal a manner as to eliminate -- or at least render moot -- the latest iteration of the world's cyclically rising hope for the realization of his or her ideals?
I will posit that JFK represented Idealism of a type antithetical to the modus operandi or business model presented in Colby-Dennett Thy Will Be Done to wit access to exploitation of Third World resources for globalist concerns bent on power per se without concern for the common good;
that JFK wished energy to be cheap and plentiful, the fortunes of the world's people improved, their self-determination respected as a right;
that the powers then as now arrange for perennial strife to keep the arms production lines moving and the drugs flowing--a third of the world's produced wealth in a Peter Dale Scott calculation I saw this week;
that when Eric Blair as George Orwell presented a tri-partite totalitarian world contending in a neutral quadrilateral he presciently described todays NATOstan, Putinia, Beijingoist arrangement on the board.
The Thirty-Fourth President in his Farewell Address in 1961 warned:
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Blair-Orwell described the West, the Soviet Union, the new Red China, following the close of the World War.
Patton wished to proceed to Moscow. Marshall and Eisenhower did not. Patton went hunting in Bavaria in a Cadillac t-boned by a deuce and a half.
It was not on to take out Eurasia.
Forrestal differed from Truman, siding with the services in pushing for defense spending. He dove from the Bethesda tower.
Acheson in January 1950 offered Korea to Kim Il-Sung as April Glaspie offered Kuwait to Saddam Hussein. June 1950 comes the Brave New War utilizing half of the Okinawa invasion cache.
MacArthur came back from rout with the Inchon landing but stemming the Chinese tide with nuclear weapons was a proposal causing Truman to pull him.
It was not on to take out Eastasia.
In the meantime JFK had, with Bobby, spoken with Edmund Gullion and decided Dien Bien Phooey
Allen Dulles built up CIA as a sparring partner with KGB, a real Spy vs Spy
Ike got dunked in the Clown Pool with the May 1960 de-hydrogenation of Gary Power's unauthorized ride--then Ike warns of the MIC
Why was JFK allowed to be elected? Nixon would've done what Ike did for Dulles in the Guatemala coup, authorize additional air power.
JFK was set up to fail, painted as a traitor. Cuba retained as a foreign threat, always a necessity for an authoritarian regime.
But JFK would not go into Vietnam with bombers and armies, only advisors and aid.
The buildup of the nuclear arsenal, the strategic air power, the blue water navy and the special forces would never be used or replaced.
Important sources for drugs would be inaccessible along with resources used in manufacture.
Had JFK no principles he'd have listened to the subtext of Ike's warning:
The military-industrial complex controls foreign policy.
It waits for the naive president who believes he has Article II powers, thinking, "Go ahead; make my day."
JFK challenged us to put a man on the moon and bring him safely home by the end of the decade.
A recent NRO satellite boasted an octopus logo with the motto: "Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach"
Behold the military-industrial complex playing in a league of total surveillance, of information control with opposite numbers in Greater Russia and It's China's World and You're Just Living In It.
Fifty years since the power shot John. A hundred since it planted its bank cornerstone as the headstone for the Republic
And in the revelations of Snowden the pages of Orwell announce the arrival:
Military-Industrial Complex R Us
"Boot on your face forever"