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Douglas Horne and RFK Jr. Publish Nearly Identical Essays about JFK's Quest for Peace
My 60th Birthday
by Douglas P. Horne, author of Inside the Assassination Records Review Board

My own series of seven (7) essays about JFK's ongoing war with his own national security establishment---completed on Nov 22, 2013---and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s personal OP-ED (posted by The Rolling Stone on Nov 20, 2013) are remarkably sympatico essays.

My own series of 7 essays, commissioned by the Future of Freedom Foundation, has just been newly positioned at LewRockwell.com this very day, at this link:


Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s stunning and poetic essay on the same subject, emphasizing JFK's quest for peace (as did my seventh and final essay) was posted by The Rolling Stone at this link:


Most noteworthy about RFK Jr.'s essay is the fact that his father, RFK, confirmed to him personally that when he met with Soviet Ambassador Dobrynin on October 27th, 1963 to attempt to force a resolution to the crisis, RFK told Dobrynin that President Kennedy feared there would soon be a military coup in the United States if the impasse continued much longer.  This would inevitably have meant bombing Cuba, and a follow-up military invasion of Cuba by the new military leadership.  As we now know, this would have led quickly to World War III, for the U.S. did not know that there were 102 tactical, or "battlefield" nuclear weapons on the island in addition to the 36 MRBMs we did know about, and the U.S. invasion forces would have been "fried" by the tactical nukes once the invasion had begun.  (The crisis was resolved the next day---apparently this new perspective about a possible coup in the United States convinced the Soviets to act.)

The precise quote of what RFK Jr. wrote in his essay follows: "If the situation continues much longer, the president is not sure that the military will not overthrow him and seize power."
RFK Jr.'s revelation of what his father told him about the October 27th meeting confirms the account published by former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in his memoirs---an account he obtained from Dobrynin himself.

Previously, mainstream historians in the United States had almost universally poo-poohed Khrushchev's account of that key meeting, out of knee-jerk denial that "things like coups don't happen in our country."  Well, now we know better.

JFK feared that one was about to happen in late October of 1962, and a coup did happen in November of 1963.

I encourage all of you who have not done so to take advantage of both links above.  My own seven essays are among the best writing I have ever done, and RFK Jr.'s OP-ED is a masterpiece.

Among the most sober remembrances we should have of President Kennedy are that he had the courage to stand up to the war machine, to our own irrational "jihad" against Communism; and the courage to reject the genocidal mentality, so prevalent in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s, that sought out and hungered for a "preventive war" against the USSR (i.e., a nuclear first strike).

If you are unaware of this serious schism between JFK and the establishment from 1961 to 1963, read my essays, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s masterpiece.

Doug Horne

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