JFK’s “Peace” Speech

“The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough—more than enough—of war and hate and oppression.” – JFK, June 10, 1963, American University Commencement  Address

2013 is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.  

On June 10, 1963, he gave the commencement address at American University, which is widely regarded as one of the most important speeches by a president ever.

The Cuban Missile Crisis had only happened in October 1962, a scant eight months before. In this speech, JFK laid out a vision and a plan for peace with Russia at the height of the Cold War by announcing the development of the the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and his decision to suspend all atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons.  

JFK’s American University Commencement Address

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Because of his experience in WWII in the South Pacific, JFK knew first-hand that war is tragic and horrific.

As November approaches and we consider current events, take time and listen to an alternative amid the constant drumbeat for war.

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