Given John Kennedy's military and foreign policy views, would he have followed the Vietnam policies pursued by Lyndon Johnson? Would he have escalated? Withdrawn?

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jrwilliams4321 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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This is probably one of the most wondered about questions about what might have been; had it not been for the tragic event that ended Kennedy's presidency before its time.  Given some of Kennedy's views and some of the polocies that he followed during his thousand or so days in office; I have to say that I believe he would have chosen a different path than that of the Johnson administration.  Kennedy had already exhitbited a willingness to compromise and to use non-aggressive tendancies during the Cuban missile crisis.  Had the president acted more aggressively, we now know that the missile crisis would have turned out very differently.  That said, I think that Kennedy would have at least tried to find a way out of war in Vietnam.