JFK: Was His Assassination Inevitable?
A popular misconception is that President John F. Kennedy's assassination was an isolated event
perpetrated by one man. This could not be farther from the truth. Instead, it was the result of a
complex combination of domestic and foreign events. When President Kennedy was in office, he
had to deal with many issues, ranging from business and finance to crime-fighting and war
issues. Perhaps it is not as important to decide who it was that killed him, but why. President
Kennedy's decisions and courses of action were not popular with everybody, and thus it is not
surprising that his assassination was inevitable.
The people who might have wanted John F. Kennedy dead can be classified into the following
groups: Russians, Cubans, Mobsters (Organized Crime/Mafia), Special Agents (CIA), G-men (J.
Edgar Hoover's FBI), Rednecks and Oilmen (Right-wing Extremists), and the MIC (Military
Industrial Complex). Each group had its own motives for killing John F. Kennedy. Many of these
groups that wanted JFK dead are very closely intertwined, so in order to understand each group,
they will each be analyzed seperately.
In order to better understand the relationship between JFK, the Cubans and Russians, several
important events must be mentioned and discussed. Two of the most important foreign affairs in
Kennedy's presidency were the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
During Eisenhower's administration, Cuba was torn apart by revolution. The Cuban dictator,
Batista, was an extremely corrupt man. While he was enjoying a luxurious life, the people of
Cuba were in poverty. Thus it was not surprising when a rebellion, led by a man named Fidel
Castro, took place. Batista, knowing that the majority of Cuba wanted him out, chose to flea
rather than be caught and face execution. Once Batista was out of the way, Cuba was Castro's for
One of the first actions Castro took while in charge of Cuba was to close down all casinos. The
people running them were either imprisoned or deported. Exploitation of Cuban workers by
American was unacceptable to Castro, and he took immediate action against this. He believed
American capitalists were taking advantage of the Cubans. Angered by this aggressive attitude
toward American "interests", the United States government established a trade embargo, hoping
the Cuban people would overthrow Castro and reinstate a more "American friendly" leader.
With a starving population on one side, and a broken economy on the other, Castro turned to
Russia for help. Since Russia did not own any land or power in the US/Cuban region, Castro
offered the Russians a chance to extend their sphere of influence. An opportunity which was not
refused. Of course, the American government did not accept this situation readily. A plan to train
and arm Cuban exiles who would return to Cuba to overthrow Castro was contrived. This secret
operation was viewed as far less dangerous than a direct invasion by American troops.
As the election of 1960 approached, the CIA had already made plans to overthrow Castro with