The discussion, for the most part, was able and organized, although, like all meetings of this kind, certain statements were made as accepted truisms, which I, at least, thought were of questionable validity. One member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for example, argued that we could use nuclear weapons, on basis that our adversaries would use theirs against us in an attack. I thought, as I listened, of the many times I had heard the military take positions which, if wrong, had the advantage that no one would be around at the end to know.

Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968) American politician
Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis, ch. 5 (1969)

Originally printed in "Thirteen Days: The Story about How the World Almost Ended," McCall's (Nov 1968)
Added on 12-Jun-09 | Last updated 19-Jul-14
Link to this post
Topics: , ,
More quotes by Kennedy, Robert F.

Leave a Reply