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But only mild.  

One thing to keep in mind about Cuba is that the USSR was putting nuclear missiles in Cuba as a response to the US putting nuclear missiles in Turkey--every bit as close to important parts of Russia as Cuba was to your spring vacation.  

Arguably Kruschev played his part well.  Nevertheless, from the embarrassment that came with the public showdown (though the US did take its missiles out of Turkey; that was part of the deal) Kruschev was forced by his colleagues to take an early retirement.  

On the other hand, you could say that he fared better than Kennedy, who, for his part in managing the affair, was rewarded with assassination just over a year later.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Wed Mar 14th, 2007 at 01:28:34 AM EST
The best explanation for the Kennedy assassination I have seen is in this "mini" book

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Who-Shot-JFK-Pocket-Essentials/dp/1904048129

which puts the blame on LBJ, whose criminal associates and activities in Texas were about to be exposed.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Wed Mar 14th, 2007 at 03:41:34 AM EST
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Thanks for the reference.  

As best I can tell, there were at least three parties that had an interest:  The Air Force, the CIA, and the Mafia.  All had motive, and the Mafia certainly had the means to do the killing, (as did the CIA) but for the life of me I do not see how the Mafia could have managed the cover-up by themselves.  The cover-up involved corrupting not just the Dallas police, but all three branches of the Federal Government, and it ought to have taken more than just a few Mafia-style threats.  For example, the Chief Justice was persuaded to perjure himself.  Could the Mafia really do that alone?

Well, it is possible I am wrong, and maybe these guys have evidence.  But, when I recall how the assassination was handled in the media during the first few hours (and days), the story that was being put out  had to have not only been prepared in advance, but had to have had the co-operation of the major intelligence agencies, including the CIA and Naval Intelligence, since it included information which they knew (of) and which they were credited with releasing.  Whoever concocted the cover story, the agencies could have denounced it as a lie within a minute.  They didn't.  

They were already on board.  

Nixon certainly thought the CIA was involved (that is the import of the "Cubans" remark on the Watergate tapes) and he should have been in a position to know.  

The Air Force?  I am just guessing to think they played no active--that is, direct--role.  But an assassination at that level entails a whole lot of loose ends that have to be settled, and there are many ways they might have helped with that.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Wed Mar 14th, 2007 at 04:39:23 AM EST
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