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I'm a historian with a BA in History and a Dallas, Texas born and raised farm gal. I was 10 when Kennedy was assassinated. This is by far one of the best documentary on the subject that I've seen in a long time. They say the evidence is out there to see and this shows some of it, and shows us the links that existed between USSR, Castro, LBJ, Kennedy, Oswald, etc. I remember very well the day of the assassination my father said, Well LBJ did it! That was the mood back then. Politics of today are nasty but they were just as bad in the past. Kennedy is looked at very differently now than he was then. Many in the South hated him and the newspaper of the day ran a huge one-page ad with Kennedy's face and the word "Traitor" or treason. So history seems to shift in how people are remembered, that's why Jackie immediately began to make sure her husband was remembered very well by history. I believe she said something like "before the old gray haired men begin to write their version". In one great part I do believe that the moment he was shot, changed America forever, in politics in war in everything. I saw it happen. I became a veteran of Vietnam. I saw history change for the worse. In a way, I also think President Trump was the result of America's eagerness for the past, the "swamp" to be drained, etc. We all see it. The corruption is rampant. But I don't think even President Trump realized just how horrific our country's situation is and the mold that's grown on our ideals. Hopefully, if nothing else, others will want to make a change back to what Kennedy wanted and that our country will Great Again. (I am of no political party, just a very old observer!)
Like myself I’m sure you’ve been responsible for many things that have steered or altered your life’s course. A minuscule few people in all of recorded time have changed history the way Lee Harvey Oswald is alleged to have done. That makes Oswald a kind of person who demands deep inspection, especially because the world-wide changes he caused are believed to a byproduct of his widely accepted murder of President John F. Kennedy.
Oswald is, indeed, a very complicated person, which as much as we now know, remains quite mysterious. Early in life he started feeling abandoned and a bit of a mis-fit. It’s likely he was dyslecsic which put him at an academic disadvantage early in life. By all indications he was quite intelligent in spite of all his disadvantages. An exceptionally curious type forming his own strongly held opinions. He wasn’t a shrinking violet however, and it becomes evident as he regularly acted on his beliefs, much more than the average person. As he matured it reached a critical mass. After his leaving the military he did a quite unheard thing. He flees The U.S. and defects to The Soviet Union. Naturally the Russians are suspicious in the extreme. While his Russian citizenship was in review he attempted to be a regular Russian worker for the state which he felt would bolster his cause. For all his love of socialism he found the Russian flavor of communism somewhat disappointing. If denouncing his American citizenship and seeking to become a Russian citizen isn’t spectacular enough he decides to return to America as his Russia dreams fizzled into grave disillusion. The fact he was able to return to The U.S., now with a Russian wife in-tow, is off the charts as this simply has never happened. This is a person who sets off so many alarm bells it’s unprecedented
So, who is this man? He may be poor, but he’s not invisible as, mostly, the poor are. He’s a real anomaly in so many ways it stretches the imagination. Returning to New Orleans it seems Oswald has a new path, ending with the intersection of Oswald and President Kennedy. In New Orleans Oswald stumps for Cuba. He becomes an activist for the acceptance of Cuba’s communist government. End the isolationism and prevent any further attempts to topple Castro. This is more controversial than his Soviet defection experiment as it is very open to everyone. Oswald is seen on the streets, heard on the radio, and gives TV interviews in Cuba’s defense claiming the US has no right to interfere and should be humanitarian ending our isolationist policy. As articulate as Oswald could be, and he was fairly well spoken, he was immensely out of step and unpopular. He could get no traction with his “Fair Play For Cuba” initiative as he further distanced himself from the average American citizen’s political views. Next stop? Cuba? It is still a mystery if it was actually Oswald or a stand-in impersonator. At any rate attempts by Oswald to get a Mexican visa to travel to Cuba failed.
This movie presents talking heads who believe Oswald was co-opted by the C.I.A. Nothing concrete is uncovered, however the interviewees are compelling. Oswald with his subversive political views was ripe for the role of patsy it’s true. This doc simply fails to prove outright that Oswald did not act alone, but, importantly, it does show the absurdity that Oswald could have solely killed Kennedy without much manipulation. That belief is bolstered by the quick assassination of Oswald under the shadiest of circumstances by a known mafia associate. Oswald, while widely believed to be the murderer of JFK was never actually convicted. The Warren Commission did the job when a dead man couldn’t be tried. Years later the House Committee that reviewed The Warren Commission’s findings said it was a conspiracy involving organized crime. It’s implied this is a half-truth with the higher power of The C.I.A. likely running the whole affair. Nope, still not proven, but if watch this film and listen, particularly, to author David Kaiser you walk away fairly sure Oswald was, perhaps, not innocent, but used to take the fall by a level of intervention we hope may never be possible again.
I enjoyed this film because I like knowing more about historical figures and the theories in this film regarding Lee Harvey Oswald are somewhat believable because there is a basis for the viewpoints presented. Oswald could potentially have been more directly involved with intelligence agencies than what has been discovered, and this film illustrates some key points which will make you think it may have been true. This film is much more plausible than what conspiracy freaks like Jim Marrs said or the uneducated trolls on the Internet say. I would recommend watching this if you're interested in the JFK assassination.
I wish more people were wise to what is happening to our county. I will keep trying to open their eyes. The facts and proof are out there, but many people refuse to listen or even look at the facts, this is the biggest problem we face is willful ignorance or just blowing it off as a conspiracy theory without ever looking for themselves at the facts.
Great documentary! Maybe this will help open some eyes... I hope!