As the years pass, the numerous conspiracies surrounding the death of President John F. Kennedy beckon further study and contemplation by even the most casual student of history. Though many tend to focus on the assassination of the man himself, few have taken the time to look into the many other elements that collided on that fateful day in Dallas. Most accounts have not explored the subject of the Central Intelligence Agency’s deep-seated dislike of President Kennedy and why the Agency felt compelled to pursue its own agenda.
From the day he was sworn into office, JFK had difficulties working with the CIA, even more so than his predecessors. At the time, The Agency was made up of highly experienced, high-ranking intelligence officers who had served during the World War II era and held deep loyalties to the failing Soviet Union. JFK was considered a controversial President, who showed little respect for the Agency and his own Cabinet and was considered widely ineffective. In addition, he had a reputation of taking shortcuts in the decision-making process without an understanding of the long-term consequences of his decisions. This led to several internal conflicts, including the Bay of Pigs disaster.
It’s widely believed that the CIA harbored a strong dislike towards JFK that increased to hatred following the Bay of Pigs. Firstly, his hard-line stance against the Soviet Union was viewed as antagonistic, particularly to the Agency’s ‘old-guard’ senior staff. Secondly, the Agency believed that JFK was (willingly or unwillingly) passing on sensitive U.S. intelligence to the Soviets, through back-channel diplomacy and other means. This theory was heightened by JFK’s decision to publicly remove U.S. nuclear missiles from Turkey, in an effort to diffuse a looming nuclear conflict with the Soviet Union. The CIA felt that this was a weak, ill-informed plan that handed too much power to the Russians.
The Agency also opposed JFK on the Vietnam War, where he took a warning stance against US involvement. The Agency wanted to go full speed ahead and actively use the CIA in training and logistics support. JFK wanted to hold the line.The CIA wanted to take a more robust stance in Vietnam, while JFK wanted to play a more measured role in the conflict. Ultimately, JFK was ready to cut his losses and withdraw from Vietnam when the opportunity presented itself. This earned the enmity of the CIA, which deemed JFK’s plan to be risky.
Adding fuel to the already heated enmity between the Agency and JFK was the presence of J. Edgar Hoover, the tyrannical head of the FBI. Hoover had even hired notorious gangsters as informants, and he was well connected in high circles due to his close association with the CIA. Hoover wanted to broaden the scope of the FBI’s authority, and viewed JFK as a direct threat to his power.
The deep-seated enmity between the CIA and JFK ultimately led to the events that unfolded on that unfortunate day in Dallas. The Agency was keen to demonstrate its power and authority, and its desire to get to the bottom of JFK’s alleged connections to the Soviets, as well as their view of his ‘weak’ stance on communism, must have been a contributing factor in the decision to carry out the assassination.
White House’s Rejections of C.I.A Proposals
The deep-seated hatred between the CIA and JFK only intensified when the White House began to reject a series of proposals by the Agency. These measures included the operation of agents in Cuba, the instigation of chemical and biological warfare against the Cubans, a presentation of false evidence linking Fidel Castro to the assassination of JFK and the planning of a series of terror bombings in Cuban territory. JFK outright rejected all of these proposals, making it clear that he thought such measures were wrong and would not stand for them.
The bitter feud between JFK and the CIA reached its boiling point when it was revealed that the Agency had played a key role in the successful overthrow of the democratically-elected Chilean government and its replacement with one that was sympathetic to the U.S. The Agency had recruited and trained Chilean commandos for the mission, had supplied weapons and other intelligence and had provided logistical support and political advice. JFK had publicly denounced the coup, causing him to earn the disfavor of the Agency and American foreign policy establishment.
The CIA-JFK conflict provided the backdrop for Kennedy’s assassination as many believe that the CIA saw it as an opportunity to showcase their dominance and power. JFK saw the Agency as a rogue organization that was unwilling to abide by the rule of law and recklessly pursued its own objectives regardless of the consequences. Unfortunately, the Kennedy assassination has been shrouded in mystery and controversy, and still serves as a sober reminder of the power of a rogue state actor.
Military Industrial Complex’s Indifference
Besides, the CIA, the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) has been accused of taking a indifferent stance on JFK and his policies. In particular, JFK was accused of undermining their profits and authority by reducing funding for unnecessary and expensive weapons programs. For example, after the Cuban Missile Crisis, JFK proposed to cut back on the nuclear arms race and eliminate non-essential programs. This led to accusations of supporting cuts to the defense budget, which angered both the CIA and the MIC.
Furthermore, JFK opposed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban (CTBN) treaty, which had been proposed by the Soviet Union and the United States. This treaty sought to end nuclear testing, which was a major money spinner for the MIC. JFK had realized that the treaty was a win-win situation for both nations as it would significantly reduce the threat of nuclear war. However, the MIC was not pleased as they saw this treaty as a threat to their bottom line and they exerted strong pressure on JFK to oppose the treaty.
The military industrial complex, like the CIA, was opposed to JFK’s policies and sought to gain additional influence and power. This power struggle between JFK and the MIC provided another opportunity for the Deep State to move against the president. The MIC was keen to undermine JFK’s reforms and wanted to show that no one was above their power.
JFK’s opposition to the MIC resulted in growing ill-will between the president and the military industrial complex, which may have been another factor in his death. Even though the precise reasons behind the assassination remains shrouded in mystery, it is undeniable that the hatred between the CIA, the MIC and JFK helped to create the climate which ultimately led to the tragic events of November 22, 1963.
Discourse on the International Stage
The deep-seated hatred between the CIA, the MIC and JFK had a more widespread effect than just domestic issues as it had a profound impact on the international stage. JFK was continuously targeted by overseas intelligence agencies, in particular Soviet and Cuban agents, who sought to discredit the President and his policies. These agencies spread misinformation and sought to plant stories in the international media that would cast JFK and his administration in a negative light.
Furthermore, JFK had been engaged in a series of talks with the Soviets to reduce the nuclear arms race. However, JFK’s opposition to the CIA and the MIC had jeopardized his standing in the eyes of the Soviet Union, who had been looking more favorably on the President’s upcoming visit to the USSR. This caused the Soviets to scale back their enthusiasm for arms control talks and may have been another factor in their decision to target JFK.
JFK had also engaged in a series of diplomatic talks with Cuba to de-escalate tensions between the two nations. However, the CIA, the MIC and the FBI had undermined JFK’s efforts and sought to sabotage his negotiations with the Cuban government. This caused a great deal of tension between the U.S. and Cuba, which may have contributed to Fidel Castro’s alleged involvement in the assassination of JFK.
Enraged Divisions Among the Populace
The deep-seated hatred between the CIA, the MIC and JFK had a lasting effect beyond the international stage, as it resulted in a growing divide in public opinion about the President within the United States. On one hand, there was growing admiration of JFK among the general populace, who admired his progressive reforms, particularly his endorsement of civil rights and government transparency. On the other hand, there was mounting opposition among certain sectors of society, which viewed the President as a soft socialist and blamed him for the nation’s mounting economic and security problems. This divide only widened as JFK adopted a more progressive stance in terms of foreign policy and the Vietnam War, which further widened the divide between the president and the CIA, the MIC and the FBI.
The deep-seated hatred between JFK and the CIA, the MIC and the FBI had ultimately been simmering beneath the surface for years when it came to a head on that fateful day in Dallas. Sadly, this hatred manifested itself in the most tragic of ways and had a devastating effect on the nation, and indeed the world. JFK was a man of immense potential and the promise of his presidency was cut short all too soon, due to the hatred, distrust and antagonism that had been building between him and the CIA, the MIC and the FBI.
Global Shock and Mourning
The assassination of JFK shook the world and sparked a wave of global grief and mourning. In the United States, the news of the President’s death was met with shock and disbelief. In the days that followed, Americans took to the streets to publicly express their grief and pay their respects to the fallen leader. Even countries with little relation to the United States, such as the Soviet Union, felt the impact of Kennedy’s assassination and expressed their sorrow at the passing of a great leader.
The Kennedy assassination also had a profound effect on international affairs, as it increased the wave of political unrest around the world. In particular, it helped to fuel the anti-war movement in the United States and in other countries, leading to an increase in anti-war demonstrations and rallies. In the United Kingdom, for example, the assassination of JFK was seen as a watershed moment and helped to bolster the anti-war movement. This, in turn, resulted in increased public support for the movement and helped to further erode the public’s confidence in the government and the established order.
The assassination of JFK was a traumatic event for the world, but it also served as a powerful reminder of the power of hatred and paranoia. The deep-seated enmity between the CIA, the MIC and JFK had ultimately resulted in his death at the hands of a lone gunman. This should serve as a powerful reminder that unchecked hatred and paranoia can have a devastatingly corrosive effect, even in the most powerful of nations.
The Aftermath of the Kennedy Assassination
The Kennedy assassination had a lasting impact on the United States, and indeed the world, as it sparked a wave of political reaction and debate. Within the United States, the assassination sparked an outpouring of grief, but it also served as a catalyst for changes to the political establishment. The Kennedy assassination highlighted the need for reform of the government and its agencies, and the need for increased transparency and accountability. In