John F. Kennedy: The Promise Revisited

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approach to arms control, what Kennedy had called arming to parley. Unfortunately, Reagan has had far less success than Kennedy in obtaining arms control agreements or in convincing his critics that the two-track strategy includes sincerity about arms control itself.

Regardless of who is president, episodes like the Lebanon peacekeeping force seem to indicate that the United States--or at least Congress and public opinion-- is no longer willing to pay any price and bear a global burden overseas, even if this reluctance is comparable to Munich. Given this mood, is the Munich myth, in Kennedy's version or in the standard version, still relevant? I believe that it is. Nations, whether or not they be "world powers," will be faced periodically with military and diplomatic crises. In those crises, they have to be militarily prepared, and they may have to express a conviction that an aggressor will go no further if one's own nation is to survive. 46

In conclusion, Kennedy's warnings are still useful, even in a postglobal America. It is true that the continued presence of nuclear weapons raises the stakes of any confrontation, and that nuclear powers must, above all, avoid presenting other nuclear powers with demands that can only be answered by a choice between holocaust and humiliation. But let us also remember, as President Kennedy told us, that honorable negotiation is not appeasement and that peace that can last requires strength.


NOTES
1.
The term myth in this study refers to a story that claims to contain a lesson; the other common use of the word myth, falsehood, is not intended here. The most recent major study of the Munich Pact is Telford Taylor, Munich: The Price of Peace ( New York: Vintage Books, 1980). A good survey of earlier literature about Munich can be found in Dwight E. Lee, ed., Munich: Blunder, Plot, or Tragic Necessity? ( Lexington, Mass.: D. C. Heath, 1970).
2.
Quoted in Richard Hofstadter and Beatrice K. Hofstadter, eds., Great Issues in American History: From Reconstruction to the Present Day, 1864-1981, rev. ed. ( New York: Vintage Books, 1982), p. 388.
3.
Quoted in Godfrey Hodgson, America in Our Time ( New York: Vintage Books, 1976), p. 233.
4.
Keith Eubank, "The Myth," in Lee, ed., Munich, p. 100.
5.
Hodgson, America in Our Time, p. 117.
7.
John F. Kennedy, Why England Slept ( New York: Wilfred Funk, 1961), pp. xxvii- xxviii.
9.
Ibid., pp. 184 and 191-192. For a revisionist view, see Taylor, Munich, Ch. 33.
10.
Kennedy, "A Dreamer Wide Awake," American Heritage 16 ( October 1965): 81.
11.
Kennedy, Why England Slept, pp. 215-223.
13.
Taylor, Munich, pp. 766 and 770.

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