John F. Kennedy and Turning Point
On November 22, 1963 one of the largest turning points during the 20th century, it was the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. “JFK’s death seemed symbolic: a man in whom so much hope had been invested was cut off in his prime, during his first term as President, before he had a chance to show what he could achieve. ” (Bennett) This time of history was more than just an event it changed the future events in history for America. It was a turning point for how Americans especially Kennedy’s supporters felt about the future of their country. There was so many events going on in the world prior to Kennedy’s assassination.
In 1961, the Berlin wall was erected and the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. The Bay of Pigs expedition remained fresh in everyone’s minds. “In addition, civil war in Laos and increasing tension between South and North Vietnam foreshadowed America’s long and painful involvement in south-east Asia, while Communist China, increasingly self-confident and aggressive, split with its Soviet mentor and contemplated developing nuclear weapons. Kennedy faced a basic dilemma: how could the US stand firm in the fight against global communism, while avoiding a nuclear cataclysm?” (Bennett) President Kennedy was in the middle of making some decisions that would change the future of America forever.
According to Moss, “at the time of his death, Kennedy’s Vietnam policy was in disarray and his administration was divided over what to do about the failing war against the VietCong. ” The subsequent events that were dependent on the leadership of Kennedy were the results of the Vietnam War. Many of Kennedy’s supporters felt passionate that had he not been assassinated that the Vietnam War would have never involved America. “
Kennedy loyalists and several scholars have argued that had Kennedy lived, he was planning to extricate the United States from South Vietnam sometime in 1965 and that there would have been no American war in that country. ” (Moss) There are many subsequent articles that report that Kennedy had no intention of backing America support out of South Vietnam but his supporters had faith that our countries involvement in in Indochina would have ceased in just a few short months. Rather the involvement in Vietnam became more intense and American sent over more support and money. President Johnson took over the leadership of the American troops and involvement in the Indochina battle.
With the change in presidency, no one will ever know what choices President Kennedy would have made or if the Vietnam War would have been prevented and never occurred at all. John F. Kennedy’s assassination was a large turning point for the government and the future of America, but it was also a major turning point for the faith and moral of the American people. Americans were excited for the future with Kennedy’s plan and he was young fresh leader for the county, for the people to see such a shocking and unexpected event it was a turning event for how the future of America was perceived and possibly how events actually occurred.