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After 1962 war, US contemplated nuking China: Book
The Pioneer ^ | December 24, 2012 | Lalit K. Jha

Posted on 12/24/2012 7:32:41 PM PST by Jyotishi

Washington - Six months after the 1962 Chinese aggression on India, the US had contemplated using nuclear weapons in the event of another attack from Beijing as it was determined to prevent an Indian defeat at the hands of the Communists.

The then president John F Kennedy, at a meeting with his top military aides on May 9, 1963, had expressed clear determination not to let Beijing defeat New Delhi, with his defence secretary even talking about using nuclear weapons against China if it launched another attack against India.

These disclosures have come in a just released book ‘Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F Kennedy’ co-authored by Ted Widmer and Caroline Kennedy.

“I gather we’re coming to the defence of Israel and Saudi Arabia. What I think we ought to think about is, (unclear) it’s desirable (?) for us, to give India a guarantee which actually we would carry out. I don’t think there’s any doubt that this country is determined that we couldn’t permit the Chinese to defeat the Indians,” Kennedy said. “If we would, we might as well get out of South Korea and South Vietnam. So I think that’s what we’ll decide at the time. Now, therefore, I don’t mind making, seeing us make some commitments. Now, if it is politically important,” he said. Kennedy was quoted by the book as making these remarks in the White House meeting with his Defence Secretary Robert McNamara and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Maxwell Davenport “Max” Taylor.   

Kennedy was US President from 1961 until his death in 1963. The book is a selection of audio recordings of Kennedy’s conversations and meetings at the White House.

The recordings have been selected from the hidden recording systems in the Oval Office and in the Cabinet Room installed by Kennedy in July 1962, in an effort to preserve an accurate record of Presidential decision-making in a highly charged atmosphere of conflicting viewpoints, strategies and tactics.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; india; jfk; nuke; usa

1 posted on 12/24/2012 7:32:46 PM PST by Jyotishi
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To: Jyotishi
Related:

Gromyko Says Mao Wanted Soviet A-Bomb Used on G.I.'s

2 posted on 12/24/2012 7:35:50 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Jyotishi
I've got no problem with China. There's a lot to admire there.

Still, some countries just need nuking.

3 posted on 12/24/2012 7:36:16 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Jyotishi

“Defense secretary talking about it” is a lot different than the US launching nuclear war. Smells like BS to me.


4 posted on 12/24/2012 7:38:48 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Jyotishi
1) Nuke China
2) Watch stock prices soar
3) Profit
4) Repeat
5 posted on 12/24/2012 7:40:51 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Jyotishi

It’s the only way to be sure.


6 posted on 12/24/2012 7:43:34 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Jyotishi

Opportunity that should have been taken but missed!!!


7 posted on 12/24/2012 7:53:59 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Jyotishi
From 05. JFK faced India-China dilemma

'"This is just one spectacular aspect of the overall problem of how to cope with Red China politically and militarily in the next decade." He added: "I would hate to think that we would fight this on the ground in a non-nuclear way."'

Ironically, the US would engage in a non nuclear battle in Vietnam against Chinese aided and supplied forces.

8 posted on 12/24/2012 7:54:10 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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It’s just a question of time until somebody uses nukes.

What would be more devastating? A few tactical nukes or a few EMP devices?


9 posted on 12/24/2012 8:40:32 PM PST by expat1000
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To: Jyotishi
then president John F Kennedy, at a meeting with his top military aides on May 9, 1963, had expressed clear determination not to let Beijing defeat New Delhi

And on Nov. 22, 1963, less than seven months later JFK was assassinated under mysterious circumstances.

Could this have been the motive?

10 posted on 12/24/2012 9:07:54 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: Jyotishi

It will be 50 years since JFK’s demise next November. A bunch of interesting stuff may be forthcoming.


11 posted on 12/24/2012 9:12:37 PM PST by shove_it (the 0bama regime are the people Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about)
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It will be 50 years since JFK’s demise next November. A bunch of interesting stuff may be forthcoming.

The Feds will never release the info they have on the Kennedy assassination. It would likely prove the close links between the Feds and organized crime and it would show the Feds are not all powerful.

12 posted on 12/24/2012 9:18:27 PM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Jyotishi

The world was a better place when Democratic leadership didn’t completely hate America.


13 posted on 12/24/2012 9:21:19 PM PST by Junior_G (Funny how liberals' love affair with Muslims began on 9/11)
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To: Jyotishi

the hidden recording systems in the Oval Office and in the Cabinet Room installed by Kennedy in July 1962, in an effort to preserve an accurate record of Presidential decision-making in a highly charged atmosphere of conflicting viewpoints, strategies and tactics.

Probably the first thing Obama had removed, er renovated.


14 posted on 12/24/2012 10:31:56 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Flick Lives

You are probably correct.

“National Archives to Keep JFK Secrets until 2017
The National Archives (NARA) today turned down the request of a Washington non-profit public interest group to declassify secret records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in time for the 50th anniversary of that tragic event in 2013...”

http://jfkfiles.blogspot.com/2012/06/national-archives-to-keep-jfk-secrets.html


15 posted on 12/24/2012 10:38:44 PM PST by shove_it (the 0bama regime are the people Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about)
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To: expat1000

EMP would. Either justifies an annihilation retaliation.
Tactical nuke would mostly kill people not destroy infrastructure.
EMP has a 900 mile radius.


16 posted on 12/24/2012 10:51:57 PM PST by Morris70
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To: Jyotishi

JFK was a disaster as a President.
In his first 100 days he got 5000 killed at the Bay of Pigs.
He followed that up by getting us into Vietnam, nearly starts WWIII with the Soviets and the left idolizes him.

Now this!


17 posted on 12/25/2012 3:03:09 AM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: Jyotishi

Thank God we didn’t nuke them. It would have marked the end of capitalism.


18 posted on 12/25/2012 4:35:26 AM PST by gotribe
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To: expat1000
What would be more devastating? A few tactical nukes or a few EMP devices?

Depends on the country used on - in some of the backwards places, an EMP might inconvenience the despots in power but the people in the mud hut villages might not realize anything had happened...

19 posted on 12/25/2012 4:48:13 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Jyotishi

Contingency planning, that’s all.


20 posted on 12/25/2012 8:24:05 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: gotribe
Thank God we didn’t nuke them. It would have marked the end of capitalism.

Oh the irony...

21 posted on 12/25/2012 3:09:54 PM PST by Does so (Dims don't think ... they PLOT!)
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