When bullets are flying, it’s no time for half stepping. If you’re going to commit to military action, then do everything to ensure success. JFK blinked and dithered and Cuba lost.
“We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty!”
A President’s Priorities: Kennedy More Committed to Teenage Mistress than Cuban Freedom Fighters
[…] “We don’t want evacuation!” roared San Roman back into his radio. “Send planes! Send ammo! We came here to FIGHT!”
The pleas made it to Navy Chief Admiral Arleigh Burke in Washington, D.C., who conveyed them in person to his commander-in-chief.
“Two planes, Mr. President!” Admiral Burke sputtered into his commander-in-chief’s face. The fighting admiral was livid, pleading for permission to allow just two of his jets to blaze off a U.S. carrier just offshore from the beachhead and support the desperately embattled freedom-fighters.
“Burke, we can’t get involved in this,” replied Kennedy, who’d just emerged in a white tux from an elegant ball where he’d twirled a smiling Jackie around the dance floor to the coos, claps and twitters of the enchanted crowd.
“WE put those Cuban boys there, Mr. President!” the fighting admiral exploded. “By God, we ARE involved!”‘ But Admiral Burke could not budge The Leader of the Free World from betraying his pledge to the freedom-fighters desperately battling Soviet Imperialism 90 miles from U.S. shores.