History period 3
18 May 2015
JFK and the Cold War
John F. Kennedy did a lot of things before and during his presidency that contributed to events during the Cold War. He helped the U.S in many ways, doing what was right in his mind for the country. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a significant element to the Cold War because of the way he approached difficulties that the U.S faced during this time.
Similar to presidents before him, JFK wanted to continue to contain communism. He wanted to stop the spread of communism, even in foreign countries that the U.S communicated with. Kennedy refers to communism as, “an enemy, power[full], unrelenting and implacable who seeks to dominate the world by subversion and conspiracy.” (“John Kennedy...”). One action that the U.S took on this subject was when they made a policy of containment to stop the spread of communism in western Europe when the Soviets where trying to get more control. Overall, like many other people, Kennedy wanted to stop the spread of communism in the U.S and foreign affairs.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, before JFK, had said the he wanted to build up nuclear forces to protect the U.S in case of any nuclear invasion. While Kennedy thought that both nuclear and conventional forces should be built up so that the U.S has both in case of either type of invasion were to happen. “Eisenhower’s defense policy…had emphasized the construction of nuclear weapons. Although Kennedy did not ignore the possibility of a nuclear war, he wanted to make sure that the U.S was prepared to fight both conventional wars and conflicts against guerrilla tactics,”(Textbook). JFK wanted to emphasize more on the conventional war tactics, while Eisenhower wanted to emphasize more on nuclear tactics.
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, president JFK did his job thoroughly. He did not rush into the situation but thought carefully about it first. He also used diplomacy, instead of threats, and in the...