President John F. Kennedy
America is a young country, and its national policy has always been open and democratic. Those endowed with ability and virtue are elected as its leaders, and so it rightly deserves to be called a great country. However, it's said that although a sagacious person might entertain a thousand deliberations, he's certain to make one mistake. Besides, it's not the case that everyone in a democratic country is endowed with wisdom! Therefore, occasional mistakes are unavoidable.
President Kennedy received his education at Harvard University, and was hailed as an outstanding young person. However, it was a shame that although he was bold and daring, he lacked foresight and prudence. An example of such faults can be seen during the Cuban Crisis, which he tried to settle through military confrontation. The Soviet Union had secretly installed missiles in Cuba, but President Kennedy managed to intimidate his opponent into withdrawing his arms overnight. Thus, the Cuban-American crisis came to a rest. However, in matters of government policy, the President did not exercise enough caution. News of his activities leaked out, resulting in his assassination, and so he died resentfully. If he had understood the art of avoiding over-exposure, he probably would have escaped such a mishap.
Among all the American presidents, John F. Kennedy was one of the youngest. He enjoyed huge success even at a very young age.
America is a young country. Its history is very short,
and its national policy has always been relatively
open and fair, adopting a democratic system. It accords with the aspirations of its people. The government is democratic in nature, and the policy is decided by the citizens.
Those endowed with ability and virtue are elected as leaders. Those who are able, who win the people's admiration, are chosen to be the country's leaders,
and so it rightly deserves to be called a great country. The policy of this country is very civilized, and rightly deserves the respect and praise of all those in the world.
However, it's said that although a sagacious person might entertain a thousand deliberations, he's certain to make one mistake. Although this nation's system has admirable qualities, no one is infallible. It's said that even a very wise person who takes into account all aspects of matters sometimes over-reaches himself and misses certain points. One will even suffer defeat at times.
Besides, it's not the case that everyone in a democratic country is endowed with wisdom. Not everyone in the United States is intelligent and wise. In fact, many of its citizens are quite stupid and ignorant. They go along with the crowd and repeat what others say. Many of them roll with the tide and get involved with corruption.
And therefore, occasional mistakes are unavoidable. That being the case, it's hard to avoid occasional errors.
President Kennedy received his education at Harvard University. As far as I know, many of his schoolmates were extremists. These young people wanted to be outstanding and surpass their peers. They were eager to be successful and were fond of immediate advantage. They lacked far-sightedness and discretion. They did not truly recognize their own position or the position of others. President Kennedy majored in government and International Relations and attended journalism courses at Harvard. He distinguished himself in many aspects, striving to be the leader in his circle. He was tops.
However, it was a shame that although he was bold and daring, he lacked foresight and prudence. He had plenty of courage and audacity, and he was very active. Nixon was his opponent during the presidential elections. After President Eisenhower announced he was not going to run for the presidency, he endorsed Vice-President Nixon as the Republican candidate. However, he did not put in any muscle to help him out, to give Nixon a boost. Basically, in a race between an acting Vice-President and a rich man's son, the Vice-President has very good chances of winning. Nixon should not have lost. Because of the democratic nature of America's policy, Kennedy asked for a public debate with Nixon to be broadcast on television. When Eisenhower saw Kennedy's lively, vibrant and creative style on television, he was taken by surprise. He exclaimed, "I didn't know that he had so much flair and vivacity!" The result of that debate was that Nixon lost, and thereupon Kennedy was elected president.
An example of this fault—the flaw in Kennedy's character—can be seen in the Cuban Crisis, which he tried to settle through military confrontation. The Soviet Union had secretly installed missiles in Cuba. Russia had secretly shipped nuclear arms and missiles to Cuba, planning to launch a surprise attack on America. However, America got the news pretty quickly, and Kennedy was determined to open fire on Cuba. This forced Russia to recall all of her nuclear arms. Otherwise, America was going to open fire on Cuba. United States military forces were prepared to go to war at any moment. Khrushchev saw that the United States was serious about fighting. At that time, Russian nuclear arms were probably not as sophisticated as those of the United States; therefore Khrushchev ordered the withdrawal of all of his nuclear weapons. This was proof that Kennedy was able to make quick decisions in the face of a crisis, that he had daring and the power of judgment.
President Kennedy managed to intimidate his opponent—Khrushchev—into withdrawing his arms overnight. Thus, the Cuban-American crisis came to a rest. That put an end to the possibility of a Cuban-American war.
However, in matters of government policy, the President did not exercise enough caution. He was not careful enough. Basically he should never have let others know of his comings and goings ahead of time.
News of his activities leaked out, resulting in his assassination. He did not know how to be "wise and prudent, so as to protect himself," how to nip trouble in the bud. Basically, it's said that although you should never entertain thoughts of harming others, on the other hand you must take precautions to protect yourself. He did not understand this kind of philosophy,
and so he died resentfully. He was assassinated.
If he had understood the art of avoiding over-exposure. The ancients, such as Confucius and Mencius, remarked that if you are truly dedicated to serving the people, then you should not draw attention to yourself. You should avoid over-exposure. Don't let others know too much about your comings and goings, and then it will be okay. It will be okay because in such a case, one is dedicated to serving the citizens. If a leader ran into some kind of calamity, it would be to the disadvantage of the nation and its entire populace. Kennedy's shortcoming was with his lack of foresight and prudence. If he had known to be wise and cautious and to protect himself—this doesn't mean he had to be afraid—if he hadn't been so uninhibited, knowing no restraint,
he probably would have escaped such a mishap.
"Probably" means that it is my guess that such an accident
would not have happened.
To be continued