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The Two JFKs

Nov 25, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 11 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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Mr. Secretary, no one will ever know precisely why Lee Harvey Oswald shot John F. Kennedy: Oswald, as everyone knows, was himself shot to death two days later, and the world is left in eternal speculation about what were probably the same enraged, inchoate, undigested, psychopathic thoughts that motivate most assassins. Of course Oswald, in Kerry’s words, was “inspired somewhere by something.” But to know the answer to that mystery is to understand, as well, why a senior government official with long experience in political office would not only stumble upon such a subject, but do so in a way that is bound to be repeated, misconstrued, and exploited in malicious ways—and, not least, insult his colleagues in government service.

But then again, we’re talking about John Forbes Kerry.

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