What Makes President Kennedy's Tough Decisions

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America has always had to make very tough decisions. However, there is only one person who has the final say, the President of the United States of America. Yes, the President makes all the rigorous decisions about what is best for the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy had many tough decisions concerning the Vietnam War, such as whether or not to send more troops to Vietnam, to send the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate the leader of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, and to move the South Vietnamese peasants into new villages in areas under the control of the South Vietnamese army. North Vietnam was controlled by communism, South Vietnam was non-Communist. Primarily, every American president regarded the government of North Vietnam as an agent of Global Communism.(Illinois.edu) “John Fitzgerald Kennedy was an eager believer in containing communism. In his first speech on becoming president, Kennedy made it clear that he would continue the policy of the former President, Dwight Eisenhower, and support the government of…show more content…
Then a group of Buddhist monks and nuns started to pour petroleum over him. They proceeded to set him on fire. While this monk was being burned to death, he never moved. He never made a sound. He did all this in order to persuade people to show charity and compassion to all religions. Diem, and his government’s reaction to this was to arrest thousands of Buddhist monks. Many monks disappeared and Diem’s government was blamed. For these, and many other reasons, “Kennedy became convinced that Diem could never unite South Vietnam against Communism and he agreed that the CIA should initiate a program to overthrow him. A CIA operative, Lucien Conein, provided some Vietnamese generals with $40,000 to overthrow Diem with the added guarantee that the United States would not protect the South Vietnamese leader. Diem was overthrown and killed in November 1963.
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