Robert F. Kennedy, Junior. Kennedy co-hosts Ring of Fire, a nationally syndicated American radio program. He founded the Waterkeeper Alliance and is a professor of environmental law at Pace University School of Law. He is also a senior attorney for the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council.
I’m not a big tweeter. I try to give short opinions on Twitter but looking after LuLac and not being on the scene of major events because of a limited schedule doesn’t permit it. But Twitter is a fascinating tool that one can mine for some pretty incredible nuggets. Take this one from the son of the late Robert Kennedy. If you ever have the opportunity to hear Robert Kennedy Junior in person, or watch him on TV, do it. Kennedy’s take on such subjects as energy, law and the environment, at least to me, are spellbinding. Yesterday, Robert Kennedy Junior tweeted on a historical even that is commemorating its 50th anniversary this year, the Cuban Missile crisis.
Take a look at this:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr@RobertKennedyJr
On the day he died, Uncle Jack was planning detente w/ Cuba.
Think about this. If JFK was planning détente with Cuba, what a different world this would be. Kennedy might have neutralized Cuba on a defense basis in terms of weaponry, might have lured them away from the Soviet Union and possibly could have brought hints of democracy to Cuba. That might have shortened Castro’s reign. Or it might have given Castro the chance to remain a leader but loosen his leash on his people. Castro was all about the deal. For all of his revolutionary rants, Castro was about Castro.
In another area of what might have been, let’s take a look at the conspiracy theories about the JFK assassination. How ironic would it have been for the mafia to kill Kennedy (that’s one of the theories) when he was going to reach out to Castro and possibly in the long term restore commerce and tourism to the island nation. Wasn’t it the mob that benefited from those casinos and took a beating when Castro overthrew the previous regime?
Or how ironic would it have bee for Castro to be behind the death of Kennedy when the man he was murdering was in fact planning to reach out to him? Kennedy knew Kruschev lost face and if a new regime took over (as it did in 1964 with Leonid Breshnev) they were not going to be generous with Castro in any way. They’d appease him, give him a few bones but not let him grow and prosper. Because of that, Castro had to rule with an iron fist.
These are only conjectures but truly fascinating on the never ending story of what might have been had John Kennedy not been shot that day in Dallas. And this speculation comes from knowledgeable second generation members of the Kennedy family. Look for more discussion as we creep toward October in this 50th anniversary year of the Cuban Missile crisis.