If Nixon had won in 1960

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If Nixon had won in 1960

Postby Tom Bigg » Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:14 am

I have been hearing some recent stories on how steadfast Kennedy was on seeking peace even with the standoff with the Soviet Union over Cuba. The consensus seems to be that had Kennedy listened to his military advisers, the US would have initiated bombing missions over Cuba sparking a very likely nuclear exchange. His trade of strategic military assets in Turkey for the USSR's bases in Cuba was what saved the day.

Had Nixon been elected in 1960 does anyone here believe that he would have handled the Cuban Missile Crisis without a nuclear exchange? Also Fletcher Prouty makes the point that the failure to execute Kennedy's orders to destroy all of the Cuban bombers in the Bay of Pigs invasion was critical to that turning that into a disaster.
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Re: If Nixon had won in 1960

Postby bobspez » Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:05 am

I suppose we will never know. Nixon had a couple of big wins, in opening relations with China, and with ending the draft. If there was a time to use nukes it was in Vietnam and he didn't do that. I think it's likely he would have taken the same steps in Vietnam that Johnson did, had he won in 1960. The interesting question is what would have happened to the Kennedys if Nixon won in 1960. Would JFK and RFK and maybe Ted and JFK Jr. all have had different lives? It almost seems like all of the deep state activities that continued since the 60's to the present were in some ways a backlash against the direction JFK was turning to in 1962 and 1963.
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Re: If Nixon had won in 1960

Postby Tom Bigg » Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:12 pm

Nixon was controlled by hard line anti communists and the MOB especially around then; he would have done their bidding. If Kennedy had a hard time fighting the war mongers, Nixon wouldn't have had a chance. A limited nuclear exchange at least would have been a lot more likely. Nixon was with Ike during huge amounts of military spending. If you watch the 1960 debates, Nixon makes the same arguments that Republicans make today that government solutions don't work in domestic issues generally.
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