Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Not on My Watch

October 2022 Bar Bulletin

By Donal Carney

As part of the social contract, the people entrust their government to protect them. Sixty years ago this month, the Kennedy Administration was tested on this duty by the discovery of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. Their response and commitment to averting nuclear disaster present a poignant lesson on seeking compromise.

Notwithstanding his campaign rhetoric, Jack Kennedy was an advocate of peace. Unlike others in his party, he sought to slow the arms race with the Soviet Union.1 Despite accusations of being soft on Communism, President Kennedy orchestrated the negotiation and passage of the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963. “What we now have on hand,...

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