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Goldwater: JFK Should Fire Adlai and Three Others

Nov. 13, 1962 - Senator Barry Goldwater (pictured with Eddie Rickenbacker) said in New York last night that President Kennedy should oust Adlai E. Stevenson and three other top officials from his Administration. The Arizona Republican charged in a speech at the annual dinner of the Wings Club, an organization of aviation industry executives, that the four officials had “consistently urged a soft policy toward Communism, both in Cuba and elsewhere throughout the world.” Besides Mr. Stevenson, Senator Goldwater said these three officials should be dismissed: Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a special assistant to the President; Chester Bowles, special adviser on Asian, African, and Latin-American affairs; and Richard Goodwin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. Senator Goldwater also said that if President Kennedy had pledged to Soviet Premier Khrushchev that the U.S. would not invade Cuba, “I think it is the greatest victory Communism has won.” Mr. Goldwater said the Cuban crisis had affected the outcome of the recent election. “It is commendably American to stand behind the President, and I think that had an effect.”

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