Throughout schooling, life and the internet, we constantly hear about all of the good things that U.S. Presidents have done for America. Along with that, the only negative things we hear are mostly related to presidential candidates, the current president and perhaps the last one.
Keep on reading to hear about the awful, illegal, and controversial things that presidents have done, during the history of America.
John F Kennedy Supports Terrorism (1963)
Perhaps the title is a bit harsh, but JFK’s support for a ‘positive organization’ turned into a ‘crutch’ that led Saddam Hussein to power!
While opposing the Iraqi government, JFK and his buddies from the White House decided to support a ‘coup’ against their target (the Iraqi government). A coup is an illegal seizure of government.
So how did they do it? They sent thousands of weapons, a list of targets, and supportive aid to ‘Abdul Salam Arif’. Abdul was leading the coup, and JFK must have decided that he was the most worthy of
financial terrorism aid.
With lists of suspected communists, Abdul went with his cronies on a killing spree, ending with a score that would blow any Call of Duty gamer out of the water. With thousands killed, JFK and his White House buds were forced to express surprise when they heard the news.
Later on, one of Abdul’s enforcers started to lead the group. That man went on to become the dictator of Iraq and apparently a ‘solid enough’ reason to invade the entire country.
By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation.
– Director of the National Security Agency, during Ronald Reagan’s presidency (Lt. General William Odom)
While Reagan did come after John F. Kennedy, it is still an interesting look into the U.S. Government.
It’s not all JFK’s fault (1962)
The next part may bring JFK’s reputation back a bit, but it definitely does not help out the U.S. government and the perhaps the people who supported JFK’s decision to support Abdul Salam Arif.
Operation Northwoods was a series of proposals that included terrorism within the United States of America. The terroristic acts were to be organized and executed by the Central Intelligence Agency, and other operatives. When the acts of terrorism were in the spotlight, the blame was to be shifted to Cuba.
Even though John F. Kennedy was anti-communism and anti-Cuba, he did not accept these proposals and so they were thrown away. Quoted from documents, we can see one of the operation’s goals.
The desired resultant from the execution of this plan would be to place the United States in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances from a rash and irresponsible government of Cuba and to develop an international image of a Cuban threat to peace in the Western Hemisphere.
Operation Northwoods was supported by several ‘high up’ officials and signed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and signed by a Chairman. Remember, John F. Kennedy did not approve the proposals. However, if what they say about peer pressure and nicotine is true, then maybe having these types of people around JFK was not the best idea!