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John F Kennedy the 35th President of the United States of America led one of the worlds greatest superpowers at the height of the Cold War A precarious era the Cold War and the events it entailed saw the rise and fall of Americas most famous foreign policies headed by the President and his closest advisors During the Kennedy Administration JFKs close ties to his Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and the Attorney General Robert F Kennedy allowed the President to make foreign policy choices that affected the history of American politics and received both criticism and praise from scholars JFKs foreign policy decisions can be evaluated by three major eras of the Kennedy administration These three eventsthe Bay of Pigs Fiasco Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam Wardemonstrate the ways in which JFK RFK and McNamara collaborated to implement the nations most remembered foreign policies Along the way each man grew as an advisor politician and policy-maker and met praise and criticism with each decisionAs a newly elected President Kennedy faced an unforeseeable future in which he had to lead The early 1960s saw the height of the Cold War and Kennedy the youngest President elected stepped into office with confidence and conviction that America would see change in its favor Kennedy also came to office with a clear perception of foreign policy and diplomacy Competence in international matters was lacking in many former Presidents and Kennedys knack for foreign affairs dominated many of his decisions throughout his term John F KennedyForeign Affairs In fact Kennedy stated during his campaign for Senate foreign policy today overshadows everything else Expenditures taxation domestic prosperity the extent of social sciencesall hinge on the basic issue of war or peace JFK and Foreign Policy This quote illustrates the extent of Kennedys focus on foreign affairs as he viewed poor diplomacy as a political death sentence that could affect the whole nation John Kennedy formed his foreign policy
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