She is entitled to her view. So am I, and many prominent scholars would argue that Kennedy's handling of the Cuban missile crisis through a peaceful blockade was exemplary pragmatism in the face of provocation; that the invasion of Cuba was a policy formed under Eisenhower, too late to stop; and that Kennedy had made many overtures in October 1962 indicating that he was going to withdraw the 16,500 American advisers (not armed soldiers) from Vietnam. People hark back to the administration so "nostalgically" because in a short period Kennedy inspired so many and still does. Personally I'm hoping for similar inspiration today.
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