Re: Cuban Missile Crisis
The bit that never fails to annoy me is how Kennedy is presented as a great president. He was worse than Bush, IMHO. Though smarter, but that's not a high bar.
A Democrat, he campaigned Nixon in 1960 on a "missile gap" in which had the USSR being significantly ahead of the US. Which he knew wasn't true because he was on the Foreign Relations Committee. Certainly, in 1962, he knew he could push USSR to the brink in Cuba, after he had done put his missiles in Turkey.
Only reason he could push them to the brink is there WAS a missile gap, just the other way around, with the USA being far ahead.
Cuban Missile Crisis - Kennedy.
Bay of Pigs, that's Kennedy.
Then, Vietnam's road to war is basically started by Kennedy, with advisors coming in, though combat units were only in from 1965.
Great guy? Camelot? Hah!
I am not saying anything good about the USSR - they were EVIL. Nor am I necessarily very anti-US. But Kennedy was the most incendiary president during the Cold War and he almost triggered nuclear war because of Cubans removing their tinpot US-supported dictator. We should remember him for that too, not just his good looks and tolerance of the Civil Rights movement.