Thursday, May 31, 2007

Kennedy. Theodore C. Sorenson. Significant Sentences. Continued.

Significant sentences from Kennedy by Theodore Sorenson, a history of the words and philosophy of President Kennedy. Continued.

Sorenson: "Rusk...tirelessly and skillfully demonstrated the value of using prolonged discussions to avert deadlines and disaster." p. 675.

Churchill: "We arm to parley." p. 679.

JFK: "The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution." p. 681.

JFK: "Our arms must be subject to ultimate civilian control and command at all times, in war as well as peace." p. 682.

JFK: "Our foremost aim is the control of force, not the pursuit of force, in a world made safe for mankind." p. 703.

Sorenson: "The essence of this [military] doctrine was choice: if the President was to have a balanced range of forces from which to select the most appropriate response for each situation...then it was necessary to build our own nonnuclear forces...." p. 706.

JFK: "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." p. 710.

Sorenosn: "Finding little to go on in the Army field manuals, he [JFK] read the classic texts on guerrilla warfare by Red China's Mao Tse-Tung and Cuba's Che Guevara, and then requested appropriate military men to do the same." p. 712.

JFK: Military conflicts required more than military solutions.... The Communists exploited genuine noncommunist grievances." p. 715.

Sorenson: "A Lenin adage said Bohlen in one of our first meetings [on the Cuban Missile Crisis] compares national expansion to a bayonet drive: if you strike steel, pull back; if you strike mush, keep going." p. 763.

Sorenson on the Cuban Missile Crisis: "...the best performer...was the Attorney General [Robert Kennedy]--not because of any particular idea he advanced, not because he presided (no one dd), but because of his constant prodding, questioning, eliciting arguments and alternatives and keeping the discussions concrete and moving ahead, a difficult task as different participants came in and out." p. 765.

JFK: Our response would have to offer the Soviets a way out...." p. 568.

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