The Kennedy Doctrine

In 1961 President John F. Kennedy announced what has become known as the The Kennedy Doctrine warning the Soviets, among others, to stay out of the Western Hemisphere. He then expanded upon this at the height of the Cuban Missle Crisis on October 22, 1962 in a radio and television address:

“It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union.”

It seems to me that Israel needs to implement The Olmert Doctrine, and it needs to do so now: “It shall be the policy of Israel to regard any attack on its territory launced from Lebanon as an attack against Israel by Iran requiring a full retaliatory response upon Iran.”

3 thoughts on “The Kennedy Doctrine”

  1. In the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, President John F. Kennedy cited the Monroe Doctrine as a basis for America's “eyeball-to-eyeball” confrontation with the Soviet Union that had embarked on a campaign to install ballistic missiles on Cuban soil.In 1954, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles invoked the Monroe Doctrine at the Tenth Pan-American Conference, denouncing the intervention of Soviet Communism in Guatemala. This was used to justify Operation PBSUCCESS. U.S. President John F. Kennedy said at an August 29, 1962 news conference:The Monroe Doctrine means what it has meant since President Monroe and John Quincy Adams enunciated it, and that is that we would oppose a foreign power extending its power to the Western Hemisphere [sic], and that is why we oppose what is happening in Cuba today. That is why we have cut off our trade. That is why we worked in the OAS and in other ways to isolate the Communist menace in Cuba. That is why we will continue to give a good deal of our effort and attention to it.”They know that the Monroe Doctrine, made by president Monroe which was made to protect the Americans, North, South and central from infiltration's from other government foreign and abroad was not Kennedy”.

  2. I plead guilty to use of the passive voice and hereby clarify. Contemporary commentators and journalists used the term Kennedy Doctrine to describe those of the president's Latin American policies that built upon and expanded upon the Eisenhower Doctrine, Truman Doctrine, and Monroe Doctrine.

  3. FWIW, I think another important point raised is this: There is no nationally important Democrat today who would defend the Kennedy addendum or the Monroe Doctrine.It shows how far appeasement has Progressived.