“History is determined not just by the so-called rational actors, the men (or women) in suits, the bureaucrats and the top military brass. ‘Irrational actors’ – people who stumble onto the stage by chance and change the course of history – also play a role.”
One Minute to Midnight — Michael Dobbs
“There is always some son-of-a-bitch who does not get the word.”
John F. Kennedy (October 1962)
May 6 2020 — In October 1962, the U.S. claimed that the Soviets had installed offensive nuclear missiles in Cuba. This was a very dangerous moment in modern history. The United States and the Soviet Union were on the brink of World War III. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
President John F. Kennedy sent former Secretary of State Dean Acheson to share America’s secret intelligence with French President de Gaulle and to secure France’s support.
Acheson told the French leader that Kennedy had personally authorized him to show the general the then-top-secret surveillance photographs the White House possessed.
But de Gaulle waved off Acheson’s offer:
“No, no, no, no. The word of the president of the United States is good enough for me.”
Not any more.
President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claim — without providing any specific evidence — that the current pandemic is the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.
There is of course no doubt that China has tried to play down and hide details of the initial outbreak.
But this behavior, however unhelpful, is not evidence that the Wuhan lab is the origin of COVID-19.
If US Intelligence Agencies have such evidence, as Trump and Pompeo repeatedly claimed, we would like very much to see it. A short declassified report will do. If not…
Kerry Got that de Gaulle Story Half-Right — Fact & Fiction
Lessons of History — French President Charles de Gaulle : “The word of the president of the United States is good enough for me.”