Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived
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VIRTUAL JFK: VIETNAM IF KENNEDY HAD LIVED takes up one of America s controversial what if scenarios, examining the question: Would the U.S. have escalated the war in Vietnam if Kennedy was not assassinated in 1963? With insight and erudition, the film traces JFK s presidency a 1,000-day term plagued with tense political stand-offs through rare and previously-unseen archival footage, offering nuanced accounts of the former president s political decisions and, by extension, his probable response to the escalating conflict in Vietnam.
Featuring unprecedented access into the leadership style of one of the nation s most important leaders, VIRTUAL JFK sheds new light on the man who helped avoid war in six crises and did not live to save America from the devastating war in Vietnam.
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If only presidents today were like JFK - President Bush reminds me of LBJ, he went to war in Afghanistan over an attack on the U.S, but then forayed into Iraq, which had nothing to do with the attack. JFK would never had done such a thing. The Iraq War costed billions of dollars, and thousands of American lives. We need more presidents who understand that war is unnecessary and a last resort.
Like all US Presidents he inherited not only US political and social issues but in his case the Military leaders who directed the actions of Korea and WW2 when he assumed his duties. He was young but pivotal in his shortened tenure on the stage.
The film takes events of the day, Attempting to point out the vigorous attempts by most everyone around him to sway his view and actions. Six times he was faced with international events in three years that could have had the country at war. providing a view that as one looks at the past
Great footage of news conferences, and other live events including released presidential recordings. Good for history buffs, anyone in leadership, or just as a documentary of those times... Do not expect a treatise of social issues of the day more a examination of the Cuban missile crisis, bay of pigs, Vietnam, and a few others enjoy...
Six times he resisted the drums of war, in just a thousand days. Having told the Joint Chiefs of Staff that he plainly and simply was not going to commit ground troops to Vietnam, period, this film makes the argument (along with recent books who look at the question) that it's almost inconceivable to imagine Kennedy sending in troops... it would have flown in the face of everything this man had stood for, had expressed both publicly and privately, and it would have gone against his very deep knowledge of international affairs, world history... not to mention his understanding of battle, having been there himself.
A beautifully produced film with an ocean of press conference footage seldom if ever seen, and presented in long pieces so as to appreciate the President's body language, facial expression and most of all the anguish in his eyes as he attempted to answer questions from the media without giving details that he knew he could not reveal.. No flash-pow MTV editing here - this film was made by grown-ups.
If you're looking for the usual fawning, celebrity idolatry of Camelot, this film is not for you. But for those who seriously want to understand the man and why he was taken from is, Virtual Kennedy will be an essential part of your video library.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Okay. Has some good historical info but did not go into a hypothetical JFK lived Presidency but just showed what he might have done based on past judgments.Published 4 months ago by HOnestly
Looking at the Iran nuke deal in comparison with JFK's approach to Vietnam is enlightening. JFK wanted to achieve a negotiated settlement in accordance with the dictates of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Terrence Paupp
Very well done. Excellent speculation based on the history of the time.Published 13 months ago by Michael Shelton
Very interesting idea, but implemented it did very little more than say Kennedy liked to avoid confrontation that cost American lives unless it was a direct threat to American or... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joshua John
This was a very good documentary. Very factual and very truthful. I loved this period in history so this to me was wonderful. Lots of actual footage.Published 17 months ago by Gina M. Place
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