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About this JFK worship of yours


Reading Paul’s recent post about conspiracy theorizing reminded be of the illogical purity of Oliver Stone’s JFK, whose argument is that we can be 100% certain about why JFK was killed without even knowing who, specifically killed him. (Identifying an actual alternative assassin gets you into falsifiablity problems, so go with “Who did the president, who killed Kennedy, fuck man! It’s a mystery! It’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma! The fuckin’ shooters don’t even know! Don’t you get it?” instead.)

Anyway, less than a week later this is being presented by Jacobin as a serious argument:

It’s worth noting that the Stone/Jacobin answer to the “why?” question — that JFK was killed because he was a staunch opponent of the Cold War and colonialism — is…not plausible, and our recently concluded experience in Afghanistan should make the massive gap between expressing vague desires to end a conflict and actually implementing the policy evident. Of course, a significant part of the audience for this kind of thing are “Donald the Dove” types who mysteriously stopped caring about drone warfare in January 2017 and Afghanistan in January 2021, so pretending JFK wasn’t what he spent his whole career being won’t be much of a challenge.

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