Video Clips - Peter Dale Scott

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Peter Dale Scott has written or co-written over ten books. Those related to the JFK assassination include Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, Deep Politics II, Crime and Cover-Up, and The Assassinations: Dallas and Beyond. He is an expert on Kennedy's foreign policy and was the first to argue that Kennedy's Vietnam withdrawal plan was quietly scuttled during the early days of the Johnson administration. He has coined the term "deep politics" to describe "political practices and arrangements, deliberate or not, which are usually repressed rather than acknowledged."

 

Vietnam and the Kennedy Presidency

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Peter Dale Scott on the issue of Vietnam during the Kennedy presidency.
(3 min 13 sec)
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Kennedy and Vietnam
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

Initial Withdrawal Plans

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Peter Dale Scott discusses the Vietnam situation in the fall of 1963, focusing particularly on the McNamara-Taylor mission to Vietnam and the subsequent initial implementation of withdrawal plans.
(4 min 52 sec)
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1963 Vietnam Withdrawal Plans
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

The JFK-LBJ Transition

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Peter Dale Scott, author of the first scholarly article arguing that the Kennedy-LBJ transition was not one of continuity, discussing the conflict among historians on this issue.
(4 min 52 sec)
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Kennedy-Johnson Transition in Vietnam Policy
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

Vietnam Withdrawal and History

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Peter Dale Scott discusses Robert McNamara's memoirs In Retrospect and the avoidance of Kennedy's Vietnam withdrawal plans by many historians.
(2 min 53 sec)
For more information:
1963 Vietnam Withdrawal Plans
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

Would JFK Have Withdrawn from Vietnam?

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Peter Dale Scott addresses the current debate over what JFK would have done in Vietnam had he lived.
(2 min 33 sec)
For more information:
1963 Vietnam Withdrawal Plans
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

Vietnam Battlefield Assessments Post-JFK

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Peter Dale Scott, author of the first scholarly article arguing that the Kennedy-LBJ transition was not one of continuity, discussing possible reasons for this and the question of why the battlefield assessments in Vietnam took a marked turn for the worse after Kennedy's death.
(2 min 28 sec)
For more information:
Kennedy-Johnson Transition in Vietnam Policy
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

JFK, Khrushchev, and Cuba

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Peter Dale Scott discusses the tensions in both the Kennedy and Khrushchev administrations about Cuba.
(2 min 11 sec)
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Kennedy and Cuba
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

RFK - Cuba War Hawk?

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Peter Dale Scott addresses recent books and accounts which portray Robert Kennedy as the major administation hawk on Cuba.
(1 min 43 sec)
For more information:
Kennedy and Cuba
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

The Bay of Pigs Inheritance

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Peter Dale Scott sets the stage for Kennedy's inheriting the Bay of Pigs invasion plan, and discusses the issue of the requested air strikes which Kennedy didn't supply.
(1 min 43 sec)
For more information:
Bay of Pigs
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

Cuban Missile Crisis Aftermath

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Peter Dale Scott discusses what was resolved in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis and what was left unresolved, and how that affected adminstration policy toward Cuba in 1963.
(4 min 33 sec)
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Cuban Missile Crisis
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

JFK, Cuba, and Two Tracks

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Peter Dale Scott discusses the "two track" policy on Cuba, particularly the peace overtures to Castro made via William Atwood and others.
(1 min 50 sec)
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Two Tracks on Cuba
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

Two Tracks and No Priority

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Peter Dale Scott addresses the weakness in Kennedy's dual approach to Cuba and the paranoia it created among those around him.
(2 min 15 sec)
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Two Tracks on Cuba
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

Oswald - US Intelligence?

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Peter Dale Scott describes the way in which the Warren Commission determined that Oswald was not an agent of US intelligence.
(2 min 41 sec)
For more information:
Lee Harvey Oswald
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

The Mexico City Tape

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Peter Dale Scott discusses the tape from Mexico City of a man who called himself Lee Oswald, but whose voice the FBI determined was not that of Oswald.
(2 min 36 sec)
For more information:
The Mexico City Tapes
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

Embassy Surveillance

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Peter Dale Scott, a former Canadian diplomat, notes that surveillance of embassies was assumed by everyone in the business, and was not as sensitive a secret as often described.
(2 min 30 sec)
For more information:
The Mexico City Tapes
Source:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
May 2005

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