Conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK abound. Thursday "Scottsdale, Ariz., attorney Craig Zirbel maintains there was a "Texas connection" in the Kennedy assassination" and it leads right to the Vice President of the day, Lyndon B Johnson. USA Today reports: "He [LBJ] didn't pull the trigger, but he was in the thick of the conspiracy, according to a Scottsdale attorney who has written two books on the subject".
As the 50 year anniversary of the assassination of US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy approaches few people question his "greatness" but would his legacy have stood the test of time had he served one or two full terms in office?
It is easy to look back through rose-colored glasses and view history sentimentally. Harsh as it sounds it is also easier to be remembered as one of America's great Presidents if you died young. With age human frailities, bad judgements and personal failings may damage your reputation.
When JFK was brutally assassinated in 1963 who could watch and not be moved. Here in the UK the event was viewed through tears and anger. Who would assassinate such a fine man and why? 50 years on the world waits for answers to those questions.
This week, in the UK, JFK's nephew Robert told the media that he does not believe the assassination was by a lone gunman, but possibly included a rogue CIA agent. A series of docu-dramas shown on British TV have included claims that a special agent in a car following the President's limo accidentally fired the fatal shot.
From day one the man accused of killing JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, claimed he was just a "patsy". A fall guy for a cover-up but by whom and why?
The murder is a sad indictement of the US and shows that its recent gun problems and allegations of runaway secret agencies, such as the NSA, are nothing new.
Although President Kennedy was viewed in life as a hero by many ordinary people in the west he had enemies. Let's face it to be a President and not have enemies would mean you were ineffective or useless.
Did JFK though have more enemies than other US Presidents?
We now know that he had a long-standing affair with US movie star Marilyn Monroe. These days that probably would not matter. Look at Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky for confirmation of changing times. However in the early sixties such behavior was never public unless a political career was over.
If President Kennedy had completed two terms, lasting until 1969, he would have faced a series of tough challenges.
However even during his brief time in office, 22 months, he faced the Bay of Pigs invasion, Cuban missile crisis, start of the Vietnam war, the civil rights fight and the suspicious death of Marilyn Monroe.
All events were capable of toppling POTUS35 but he was made of sterner stuff than that.
In the end it took a coward, or two, with a gun, or two, to end the presidency.
We will never know if JFK would have fulfilled his promise had he lived and it seems we will never know who killed him or why.
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